The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s flagship Android smartphone for 2014, the third generation smartphone of Sony’s Xperia Z series. The Xperia Z was the beginning of a new era for the company, the pure Sony era. It was the first flagship smartphone with 100 percent Sony genes, after the Japanese electronics giant took over the joint venture that was Sony Ericsson. The Xperia Z was special in many ways. Not only was it the genesis of the “One Sony” philosophy but also the beginning of a new design language, which Sony likes to call OmniBalance. The metal and glass design has remained the same through three generations that also signify the evolution of the series itself. Also Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expect
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Sony’s Xperia range of smartphones have all been designed using “Omnibalance” design language, and the Xperia Z2 is no different. That means you get you get the glass sandwich-like design with a chamfered metal frame and the distinctive metallic power button on the right hand side of the device. Also Read - Sony PlayStation 5 India Restock: Next sale in June along with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart launch
The rest of the design too remains much the same. There is a 3.5mm audio jack at the top left corner, the microSD card slot has been moved to the right above the power button, volume rocker and the camera shutter button, while the SIM card slot is now placed alongside the microUSB port on the left and dual front firing speakers located at the top and bottom of the display.
When you compare the dimensions, you will further notice how the latest flagship device has evolved over its predecessor. While the Xperia Z2 boasts a display that is 0.2-inches bigger than the Xperia Z1, Sony has managed to shed some millimeters from the width as well as the thickness. In comparison to the Xperia Z1’s 74mm width and 8.5mm thickness, the Xperia Z2 is 73.3mm wide and 8.2mm thick. The Xperia Z2 is however taller at 146.8mm compared to the Xperia Z1’s height of 144mm. The company has also managed to shed some weight — 12 grams to be precise. The Xperia Z1 was 170 grams, while the Xperia Z2 is 158 grams.
SONY XPERIA Z2 HARDWARE
Display – The Xperia Z2 boasts a 5.2-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display. While it is slightly bigger display than the Xperia Z1, the extra inches prove to be costly when it comes to the pixel density. At 423ppi, it is not only less than last year’s flagship (441ppi), but also lags behind some of its direct competitors like the HTC One (M8) (441ppi) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 (431ppi). That said, it is not something you will notice in day to day use, and Sony’s Triluminos technology (found in its top Bravia televisions) is known to produce a beautiful array of colors. With the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1, Sony was criticized for the poor quality of displays that lacked viewing angles. Sony has changed that with the Xperia Z2 by using an IPS LCD this time.
Processor – Speaking of power, it is safe to say there is plenty in hand. The Xperia Z2 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and paired with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. This should prove more than enough to handle any and all the tasks you want your device to perform.
Storage – Internally, Sony offers you 16GB of storage of which 12GB is accessible to the user. If this is not enough for you, there is also an option to expand the memory to up to 128GB using a microSD card.
Battery – The flagship device features a massive 3,200mAh battery that should be enough to last for a day on a single charge. Additionally, Sony is also offering a Stamina mode that offers granular control over what is using power in the background.
Cameras – If you love clicking photos, then the Xperia Z2 is sure to come handy. It features a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with a 1/2.3” sensor size and the ability to shoot 4K videos. At the front is a 2.2-megapixel snapper that should be good enough to click selfies.
Extras – Like most of the other high-end Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Z2 boasts IP58 certification. In other words, it is dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter for a period of 30 minutes. But that’s true only when you ensure all the flaps covering the micro-USB port and SIM card slot as well as the one covering the microSD card slot is closed tight.
Like the other flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. The operating system is wrapped under Sony’s own UI, which is similar to what we found on last year’s flagship device too. The UI is fast and doesn’t bog the device down with bloatware like Samsung is known to do.
SONY XPERIA Z2 COMPARISON
As mentioned above, the Xperia Z2 will compete against the other flagship devices like the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5. As we have seen in our comparisons, the Xperia Z2 is able to hold its own against them.
The Xperia Z2 is as powerful as HTC’s One (M8) and also has more RAM (3GB). It may have a better resolution camera and the ability to shoot 4K videos, but it doesn’t have the refocusing feature. It also features a bigger battery than the One (M8) (3,200mAh compared to 2,600mAh).
Compared to the Galaxy S5, it can pretty much hold its own considering the Indian variant of the Galaxy S5 doesn’t run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset and instead utilizes its own Exynos chipset. However, the Galaxy S5 has a few selling points like heartbeat and fingerprint sensors, whatever those might be worth. What the Xperia Z2 has is a bigger battery and a better UI.
SONY XPERIA Z2
HTC ONE (M8)
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|DIMENSIONS||146.8×73.3×8.2 mm||146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm||142.0×72.5×8.1 mm|
|DISPLAY||5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos 1080p (424ppi)||5-inch 1080p (441ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3||5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1080p (431ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|PROCESSOR||2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core||2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core||Exynos Octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330||ARM Mali|
|CAMERA (REAR/FRONT)||20.7-megapixel rear camera/2.2-megapixel front-facing camera||Duo-camera with 4-Ultrapixel primary with an additional depth sensor/5-megapixel front-facing camera||16-megapixel rear camera/2.1-megapixel front-facing camera|
|ANDROID OS||4.4.2 KitKat||4.4.2 KitKat||4.4.2 KitKat|