The Xperia Z2 is the latest premium smartphone from Sony. Designed to compete directly with the One M8 from HTC and the competitively priced Google Nexus 5, it pushes the screen size stakes up to 5.2 inches whilst maintaining the water resistance feature of its predecessor. In an earlier article we took a look at the handsets design and construction. Here we review the technology contained within its sleek metal and glass casing.
High-end processing power
As expected from a flagship Android smartphone, the Sony absolutely flies during use thanks to its fast 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and capacious 3GB of RAM. Helping general speed, Sony also refrains from over loading its device with bespoke software, leaving the mostly original Google Android software to run the device.
We benchmarked the Xperia (using AnTuTu) at 32,504, which is slightly slower than the HTC One M8, although the difference is so small we wouldn’t worry about it as in real world use we don’t think anyone would ever notice. This level of speed puts the handset in the upper echelons of high-performing 2014 smartphones.
Battery with stamina
Battery life can get worryingly short when using large screened handsets and this topic is an ever growing concern amongst consumers looking for the latest smartphone deals. The Xperia’s battery doesn’t free it of such concerns but it performs sufficiently well for it to not be a problem. We could easily get a full day of moderate to high use which is very similar to its three rivals the S5, HTC One and Google Nexus 5. realme 5 pro
To compensate for the larger 5.2in screen a bigger 3200mAh battery (compared to the preceding Z1’s 3000mAh battery) is fitted as well as Sony’s well regarded Stamina technology which increases battery life by powering down the data connection when the screen is turned off.
Whilst a match for its three smartphone rivals, it is still beaten by the modern day smartphone battery champ, the LG G2 which, thanks to more capacity (but a larger casing) will easily outlast all of these handsets. A LG G3 is due soon so we will have to see if this improves the already impressive statistics of the G2.
With a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with an f/2.0 aperture this is one of the most impressive lenses yet seen in any mobile electronics device. Pictures are detailed, punchy and well exposed and thanks to the high resolution can be easily cropped whilst still maintaining an acceptable resolution. Autofocus is fast and thanks to the three elements of speedy processor, plenty of RAM and a wide aperture, taking pictures is a quick and pleasurable task.