A few minor improvements and huge battery life make this a better phone than the Z1, but it doesn’t stand out from the competition, Sony Xperia Z2 Powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, Sony calls the Xperia Z2 the world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone.
Sony Xperia Z2 six-month release cycle seems to have slowed down now that it’s reached the Xperia Z3, but Sony’s latest flagship smartphone shares many similarities with its predecessor, the Xperia Z2. This is great news for anyone looking for a slightly cheaper Xperia Z phone, as the Z2 has the same aluminum frame, rear glass panel, waterproof chassis and 20.7-megapixel camera as Sony’s latest handset, making it better value than its expensive cousin.
Sony’s just confirmed it will be receiving an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well, so you won’t miss out on Google’s latest operating system by opting for a slightly older handset.
The phone’s sharp, angular edges aren’t quite as pleasant to hold as other Sony phones such as the more rounded Xperia SP, but we were still able to use the Z2 comfortably in one hand without too much trouble. It’s once you’re holding the Z2 that the differences start to become more noticeable, as the phone is both lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, measuring a mere 8.2mm thick and weighing 163g.
It’s not too dissimilar from the Z1, but when you consider the Z2 has a larger 5.2in screen and a huge 3,200mAh battery packed inside its tiny chassis (the Galaxy S5’s battery is only 2,800mAh by comparison), it’s a pretty remarkable feat of engineering.
Sony Xperia Z2 performance
Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs beautifully on the Z2’s 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Menu animations are lightning fast and swiping through home screen menus is quick and responsive. We particularly like what Sony’s done with its default background animation, as its multi-colored ribbon will keep twirling and twisting as you swipe from one screen to another.
This was disappointing, as we would have expected the Z2 to be at least a bit quicker than the Z1, if not as fast as the One (m8) considering both the Z2 and (m8) use the same processor. Fortunately, we found it didn’t really make too much of a difference in day to day use. Websites loaded quickly and it was able to handle image-heavy sites such as The Guardian with ease
This is easily on par with both the Galaxy S5 and One (m8), but we think the Z2 has the edge when it comes to playing games, as it not only comes with Sony’s PlayStation Mobile app, which lets you play games from the Sony Entertainment Network, but it also has support for Sony’s Dualshock 3 controller, so you can use a wireless PS3 controller with the phone.
The Snapdragon 801 processor is designed to support advanced mobile user experiences and leading performance, including even sharper image capture and post-processing, more immersive 3D gaming, and virtually seamless communications, along with outstanding battery life for premium-tier smartphones and tablets.