Sony Xperia Z2 was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress early this year. It is the successor of Xperia Z1 which was launched last year and company has made lot of improvements in this device. It is now available in India for approx Rs 43,000 which makes it a competitor to the flagship devices like HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5. So should you buy this device? or should Xperia Z or Z1 users upgrade to Xperia Z2? Read on to find out.
Design & Build Quality
Just like its predecessors Xperia Z2 comes with a Omnibalance design. The device weighs 163 grams and measures 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm. The device comes with an impressive design and build quality. It comes with an aluminium chassis and tempered glass on the front and back.
The phone has an IP55/58 certification which makes it both water and dust proof. Talking first about the front, it comes with a 5.2 inch TRILUMINOS display which has 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. The display has good viewing angles and colors appear nature. The sunlight readability has improved as compare to previous devices but it is still not very good.
Above the display you have Sony Branding, 2.2 megapixel camera, proximity and ambient light sensors. You can also notice a small strip at top, it contains the speaker, an earpiece and notification LED.
Below the display you don’t have any touch buttons or physical keys. Xperia Z2 comes with on screen touch buttons. You do have a speaker outlet present in the form of a strip at the bottom.
The back of the device is made of tempered glass which will be helpful in keeping away the scratches. At the back you have a 20.7 megapixel camera along with LED flash, Sony branding in the center and Xperia branding at the bottom.
On the right side you have a microSD card slot protected by a flap, power/lock key, volume rocker and camera shutter key.
Company has provided a dual stage camera key and we personally like the devices which come with a dedicated camera shutter key.
On the left side you have a micro SIM and micro USB port both protected by a single flap. These flaps prevent the water from entering the mobile.
At the bottom left corner you can find a lanyard slot.
Overall, the device has good build quality and the features like aluminium chassis, tempered glass in front and back makes the device sturdy and solid. The device is both water and dust resistant and you can even submerge the device in water.
Hardware & Performance
Sony Xperia Z2 is powered by a 2.3 Ghz qualcomm snapdragon 801 processor along with 3 GB of RAM. The device is powerful enough to handle your daily tasks and apps. We didn’t notice any kind of lag or slowness while using the device or opening the applications. You can easily run all kind of apps or games on this device and it can even handle all the needs of any power user.
We did 3 benchmark tests on the device – Antutu, Quadrant standard and Nenamark2. The device performed pretty well on the 3 tests. Here is the video showing the results of the benchmark tests we performed on the device:
In terms of performance Xperia Z2 proves itself to be a flagship device. The device comes with a 16GB of internal storage and supports microSD card so you can expand the storage if needed. Talking about the connectivity features it supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and microUSB 2.0. The only problem we found with the device is that it gets bit hot after heavy usage.
The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS along with slight modifications made by the company. Even with the modifications interface is quite smooth and you won’t notice any kind of slowness while opening apps, unlocking the device, or move between home screens.
The device comes pre-loaded with lot of applications and sadly there is no way to uninstall most of those apps.
If you drag down the notification bar you will notice two tabs – notifications and quick settings. In notifications you get the time and all your notifications, you can clear them with a single tap.
In settings tab you can quickly toggle on/off various settings like Wifi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data etc. You can even edit the options present on this tab according to your preferences. Talking just about the software present on the device, it is pretty much like most of the devices these days but good thing is that it works very well on the device.
Xperia Z2 comes with a massive 20.7 megapixel camera along with LED flash. One of the best things about Xperia Z2 camera is that it supports 4K video recording. Though many users don’t have 4k displays right now to view the recorded content but for those who have 4k displays you would simply love the device for recording videos.
The camera have a Superior auto mode which shoot images in 8 megapixel resolution. It captures full 20 MP images then scale it down to 8 MP. But if you want to capture full 20 MP images you can do so in manual mode. Here are some sample images captured using the back camera of the device:
The quality of captured images is pretty decent. The camera also has various interesting mode like AR effect, Background defocus etc.
Since the company has provided a dedicated shutter key it is quite easy to capture images or videos.
Xperia Z2 come with a 3200 mAh battery which has a rated talk time of around 19 hours on 3G. With heavy usage the battery easily lasted for an entire day where the screen on time was around 7 hours. This is pretty impressive and even the power users will like the battery life of this device.
Xperia Z2 is now available in India for Rs 44,000 and you get Sony Smartband (SWR-10) worth Rs 5990 and Premium Case Worth Rs 2990 free with device. If you are looking for a flagship device which is an all-rounder then you can surely opt for Sony Xperia Z2.
- Solid Build Quality
- Good design
- Water & Dust Proof
- High Performance
- Battery Life
- Phone gets hot at times