Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sony Xperia Z1 Vs Xperia Z2

Sony has announced the Xperia Z2, the successor to the Xperia Z1 that launched at IFA in Berlin in September 2013.

The Xperia Z2 made its debut at Mobile World Congress 2014 with the tag line "details make the difference". But what has changed in six months since the Xperia Z1 launched and what is different between the two devices?

The Xperia Z2 has a better display
The Sony Xperia Z2 has a slightly bigger display than its predecessor, coming in at 5.2 inches, while the Xperia Z1 has a smaller but still large 5 inch screen. Both phones have a 1920 x 1080 resolution, which given the increased size of the Xperia Z2 means it has a slightly lower pixel density of 424 pixels per inch, compared to the Z1’s 441 pixels per inch.

The Xperia Z2 sounds better
The feature set on the Sony Xperia Z2 is largely very similar to on the Z1. The only real difference is the speakers. They’ve been moved to the front of the handset and deliver stereo sound, akin to what you’d find on the HTC One. The handset also lets you pick between five different audio engines for the perfect sound experience in any situation. The choices are ClearBass, ClearPhase, ClearStereo, Digital Noise Cancellation and xLOUD.

The Xperia Z2 brings camera enhancements
The Sony Xperia Z2 has exactly the same 20.7 megapixel main camera as the Sony Xperia Z1, but the front facing camera has been bumped up from 2 megapixels to 2.2 megapixels and a background defocus mode has been added to the shot selection. The video camera has been given some major updates though. First off, there’s SteadyShot, which is a video stabilisation technology to counteract the effect of shaky hands, for smooth, professional looking videos. The Sony Xperia Z2 also lets you film things in 4K (2160p) at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps, so it can also record video in slow motion, while the Sony Xperia Z1 only allows for 1080p at 30fps. Finally, Sony has also added a few video effects, such as AR and Vine.

Android 4.4 with the Xperia Z2
Perhaps one of the biggest differences aside from the camera and display improvements is that the Xperia Z2 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat while the Xperia Z1 is still waiting for the upgrade.

The Xperia Z2 is faster
As you would expect with an upgraded handset, the Xperia Z2 brings with it a faster processor compared to the Xperia Z1. The Xperia Z2 features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood with 2.3GHz quad-core Krait CPUs, compared to the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor in the Xperia Z1. There is also an increase in RAM with the Xperia Z2, offering 3GB compared to the 2GB found in the Xperia Z1. Both models have 16GB of internal storage with microSD support for further storage expansion up to 64GB.

The Xperia Z2 will last longer
The Xperia Z2 has predictably seen a power boost over the Xperia Z1. It has a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, while the Sony Xperia Z1 has a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.  So it’s not a huge boost, but it should be noticeable and the amount of RAM in particular in the Z2 is impressive.

Still Waterproof and Dustproof
Like most of Sony’s flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 is completely dustproof and waterproof, meaning you won’t have to worry about taking it out in the rain. Sony also claims that it can be submerged one and a half meters deep for up to 30 minutes.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is scheduled for release in the Philippines by 1st week of April 2014. The suggested retail price is Php33,990 and will be available in Sony stores and retailers nationwide.

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