Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1: Display Comparison (MWC 2014)

by: Joshua VergaraFebruary 28, 2014

Sony listened to a lot of the complaints about its previous smartphone flagships, the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z1, and sought to correct those errors with the Sony Xperia Z2. Not only does the Xperia Z2 get a specs bump in some key areas, but most importantly, The Sony Xperia Z2 has an updated and larger display that not only has a better sized bezel, but also addresses one major issue with display quality that the previous Xperia models suffered.

Sony has moved from the TFT display of the Z1 to a IPS LCD display for the Xperia Z2, that provides great colors, high brightness, and most of all, fixes the issue that the Xperia Z1, and the Xperia Z before that, faced with regards to viewing angles.

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When you look at the viewing angles of the Xperia Z1, tilting it in different angles leads to a grey hue that covers everything on the display, which was little disappointing because other than this, the Xperia Z1 display is amazing, at least when you’re looking at it straight on. Even a slight change in the viewing angle would result in a grey overtone blanketing the whole screen.

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When it comes to the Sony Xperia Z2, changing the angle does result in a loss of brightness as expected, but there’s no grey hue that overtakes the display, and it does not affect clarity in any way. You’re still able to look at everything on the screen clearly, albeit with a slightly lowered brightness.

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The displays of both devices are Full HD and feature Sony’s TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technology, that makes for a fantastic Sony TV-like viewing experience. That being said, there have been complaints about the viewing angles with the Xperia Z1, and it’s great to see that Sony has dealt with that issue as well. What do you think of the Xperia Z2’s display based on what you’ve seen so far, impressed by the Z2 or not?

  • Andrew Hope

    Impressed with how far they’ve come in only a year. The differences between the Z, Z1 & Z2 are amazing. Only the design language remains the same…

    • Tjaldid

      hoping that the Z3 fixes the Camera

      • pritish

        Z2 already has

        • Tjaldid

          added new modes shure but I doubt they changed their camera algorithms or anything like that.

      • arthasyao

        Hoping z3 coming!

    • patrik

      Well, in all honesty, they haven’t changed much more than any other manufacturer.

      • Andrew Hope

        I beg to differ with you on that point, & I’m not a
        Sony fanboy, by any means. The last Sony phone I bought was still an Ericsson :-)! the Xperia Z had a terrible screen, that single crap speaker which was on the side that you always put your thumb over in landscape, really bad call quality to point of sounding like it was underwater even when it wasn’t. That irony is not lost on me! The camera was at its best meh! It had a not very big battery for a 5″ inch screen & an S4 Pro processor which was almost a year old.
        Z1 a a great improvement. Better screen, better sound, speaker & call quality. Much bigger battery Snap 800 & improved camera although by no means the best.
        The Z2 is the first handset truly worthy of the Sony name as a multi-media device.
        Yes the processor is the same, but the screen is up there with the best now, finally, decent noise cancelling stereo speakers, even bigger battery, new camera sensor etc.
        We take for granted the waterproofing, but anything that has influenced even the leviathan that is Samsung to add a practical feature that should be in all flagship handsets , has to be worthy of plaudits in my book…
        I’m waiting to see what HTC has up its sleeve with the new One, I Inis how it will look, but what new things will they bring in terms of software & features…

        • K

          The new htc one will look the same as the current htc one.

    • yudi_hilmawan

      The design is only 1 years old and Sony will not sticking to a single design for future models.

      • Colby Leong

        It also says that they don’t want to stick to a single design, which has me very interested. It’s a good design that gets slightly improved every flagship iteration. The design in the Xperia line exudes premium, definitely up there with the iPhone 5/5s, and the HTC One.

    • Clarence Alvarado

      Well for Z and Z1, I think they have only used all the bad panels from Sharp for a year, and this time, they opted for a new one. Wonder who’s in charge with this year’s display.

    • K

      Most companies are moving towards a consistent design with regards to their flagships. And some of them, are doing it for all of their phones. Previously almost every phone of the same company looked different and inconsistent. Now they are dumping that strategy and adopting a common design approach to improve manufacturing ability and ‘recognisability’

    • K

      I meant a consistent ‘design language’.

  • Suthan Sivekumaar

    Both of these phones are in the same family, and lets see how they differ from specs. The Z2 has 3 GB of Ram and the Z1 has 2 GB of Ram. Both of the rear camera megapixels on these two devices are the same, but the Z2’s rear camera is 2.2 megapixels and the Z1’s rear camera is 2 megapixels. The Z2 is running Android 4.4.2, and the Z1 is running Android 4.3. The Z2 has a 3200 mAh Battery while the Z1 has a 3000 mAh Battery. The Z2 has Quad-Core 2.3 with Snapdragon 801 while the Z1 has Quad-Core 2.2 with Snapdragon 800. The Z2’s screen size is 5.2 inches(1080 x 1920 pixels = 423 ppi) while the Z1’s screen size is 5.0 inches(1080 x 1920 pixels = 441 ppi) . Finally the weight of the Z2 is 163 grams(5.75 ounces), while the Z1’s weight is 170 grams(6 ounces). There are many big and small differences between these two devices!

  • NO to plastic screen protector

    do they still use the oem Plastic screen protector like the one on z1?

    • Wolf