Xperia Z2 display compared against the Xperia Z

by XB on 11th April 2014

in Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_4The Xperia Z is the phone that started Sony’s mission in earnest to grab both mind and market share. The pace at which the market moves means that it is hard to believe that this hugely popular handset is only just over a year old. It has since been superseded by the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2.

The Xperia Z suffered the same criticisms over the display as the Z1 after it. We have seen plenty of display comparisons looking at the Xperia Z2 versus the Xperia Z1, but not any looking at how the Z2 display has evolved from the Xperia Z.

We have posted some pictures below which show a display comparison between the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z. Looking at the displays head-on, the Z2 does appear to offer better contrast and colour accuracy, with pictures looking more vibrant overall. At an angle there is no competition, with the Xperia Z looking washed out with low contrast in comparison to the Xperia Z2.

Displays compared: Xperia Z2 versus Xperia Z

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Xperia Z2 display versus Z_1

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_2

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_3

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_4

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_5

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_6

Xperia Z2 display versus Z_7


  • Mike Gonzalez

    that Z2 is a beast

  • Libyan Guy

    great view angles ,well done SONY !

  • SonyFan

    on the picture where the elefant is the sky colors are more accurate on the Xperia Z i think…

  • Roy

    This should be able to shut up all those people that go on and on over view angles.
    As if anyone ever used their phone from an angle..

  • Steven Såbbe

    Hmm… I don’t really have a problem with the view angles on my Z…

  • Jiyeon90
  • Marianne

    My Z has great images, it definitely doesn’t display orange strawberries or blurry, washed out photos. The angles can be annoying but it’s not much of a complaint. I’m happy with my Z.

  • darannechelle

    Bcoz triluminous has wide range of colors thats why it give a vibrant color on z2. Its not being Natural, it just it support more colors and soon to be tv quality hahaha

  • Giannikosmo

    Not much bad Xperia Z!! Still lovin’it!! We don’t care about the viewing angles!!! :)

  • Guest

    The Xperia Z should have been recalled and heads should have rolled, not once but twice.

  • dmn666

    You’re right – ‘orange’ strawberries are caused by Bravia engine – I guess.

  • ishu

    whuch 1 should i go for.. Note 3 N9005 or Z2??

  • Guest

    It does not, you have just gotten used to it.

  • akira96

    My xperia acro s colour are more vivid than z2 and z1
    But still my xperia z1 is the best phone my old phone
    But xperia z2 really not impressed me because only slightly upgrades
    Than z1 so i stick with my z1 xD

  • akira96

    Sorry for my typo xD

  • Den

    The xperia z2 has Triluminus 77

  • Dave Maudsley

    You better be!

  • shanefalco

    lcd ips versus lcd pva ;) the winner is z2 that use lcd ips. ;)

  • ??????? ????

    IIt means all the xperia Z users are being asked to upgrade to Z2? I still like my Xperia Z

  • totzkitotz

    My xperia Z is a year old but still lovin it. Its how the user used it. There are many mods, ports and tweaks in XDA that can make your Z to a more awesome Xperia ;)

  • jag

    whichever your heart beats for. hehe

  • valentino

    want a phablet with easy to carry around Note 3.
    trendy and latest phone Z2.
    phablet with entertaining display but not easy to carry around Xperia Z ultra.
    cheaper Z2 is Z1

  • Xperia S

    Good thing I waited. Cause I don’t have a choice either, stuck with a 2 year contract cuz I’m poor T_T

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  • Andy

    The Sony Xperia Z1 was a powerful device and the Xperia Z2 takes things
    up a mark, making this one of the most powerful Android handsets around.
    And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

  • Rex

    The problem is… Who gonna see their phone in that angle??=.=

  • Eman Philic

    i like XZ :D

  • metcarded

    The screen on the Z is pretty good if viewing angles don’t bother you. I still have the Z and love it. I has withstood many hard drops, it’s frame is banged up to hell but it’s ticking along quite nicely.
    I do plan to upgrade to a Z2 whenever it’s available though.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Is it true that custom roms solve color rendered problems in Z ?? I have seen many videos whr color, contrast do look better there….

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Do they caliberate the display with better color reproduction and contrast?? (Dont care about the viewing angles)

  • Ahmed Noori

    wow i cant imagine

  • iainbong

    Lol. Off the Bravia Engine 2 and tweak the white balance to 9.0 Saturation/ 220.0 Hue and you’ll get good colour reproduction on your display. Am having this settings on my Xperia Z and I have excellent display.

  • Satan

    Xperia z has a very good display,with nice colors and contrast,you just underestimated xperia z, I suggest you compare it with s4 and HTC one m7,and see for yourself how much xperia z is good

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  • Prateek Bhanushali

    I had compared my Z already with HTC one and believe me One has slightly advantage over Z with color accuracy. Z show skin tone a bit on yellowish side and tries to punch the color(even with BE2 off). The red part of the Chrome Icon seriously lacks the punch(which was the issue after 4.2.2 update).
    I am not saying Z has poor display but seriously it needs some adjustments. But Yes we do have to admit that Z is a great device to be with you :)

  • Colby Leong

    The Z1 was a great camera and design upgrade for the Z. But the Z2 is just a better upgrade package for the Z, just like how the Z3 will be a better upgrade package for the Z1.

  • Colby Leong

    Just imagine what could be done if they had one of those White Magic High Res. screens

  • Jumbo

    Guys, we have to accept that with every new phone the quality from the ‘insides’ will always keep getting better. The Z is still a good phone, but comparing it with the Z2 is a bit overdoing it really… 2 phones using 2 different chip. It would make a little bit more senses to compare the Z2 and the Z3 instead.

  • Colby Leong

    It’s not about using the phone at the angle, it was more for how a group of people, in particular the people off on the right and left of the phone, would see a washed out display. And that whole argument about privacy is bull, because with my Z and Z1 there was not privacy just washed out colors.

    Having a screen that is good from any angle shows just how great the screen is in general, if it’s head on or an angle. Samsung remedies their angle view with a heavy saturated display, that in turn gives great viewing angles but a lot of blown out colors. The Z2 colors and viewing angles are phenomenal, a vast improvement. Just look at screen comparisons from the Z2 to the Z1, Z2 has superior viewing angles and better head on view than the Z1. Meaning that great viewing angles= a better overall screen experience.

  • Colby Leong

    I think this was to prove the point that most people are saying, and that’s the Z2 is more of an upgrade for the Z than the Z1. While the Z2 does have some features that beat the Z1, as a whole the Z2 is a great choice for any Sony fan owning a Z or later model.

  • sennarose88

    Maybe I’m the only one who use a phone at such angle to prevent the annoying bright light from the screen goes directly onto my eyes at night?

  • H-R-K

    Nice display, Sony.

  • Jeoh

    Z and Z1 has been said its display has bad view angles.
    But Z2 now said good view angles are not needed.
    You just want to criticize SONY phone, right?

  • H-R-K

    Maybe Snapdragon 805 with 3gb ram, 32gb storage with 20.7 mp camera.There is a chance, it have 5.5″ QHD screen.

  • Colby Leong

    Well chips are always a guarantee, while I would really prefer more than 16gb of native storage. Better camera would just sweeten the deal, maybe 20.7 superior auto. As for screen size Sony would have to work hard on reducing bezel before they can make that jump. But that’s would be good for a phablet.

    I would prefer a new, better improved design. Something light(er), and with great handling, but a new look would be good. Sony has it in the to do some great things, just like HTC. HTC does best Sony, and the competition, in handling, but more importantly, HTC beats them in currier service, their screen repair and their promise of Android updates.

  • H-R-K

    Maybe there is some possibility of changing design.

  • Colby Leong

    Someone from Sony said they didn’t want to stick with the same omnibalance design, so maybe they’ll change it up. Seems to work for the M8, a lot of reviews praise their design and handling, like they should, seems like their design eclipses all of its shortcomings.

  • Justme

    Even then, the Xperia Z will be the best engineered phone. I really love it, even with these downsides. I’m really glad I bought this phone 6 months ago. Too bad they’re going to drop the Z about 6 months from now. Once Xperia Z, forever Xperia Z.

  • Johnny

    Loook at those strawberries!!!!

  • roeshak

    Well I’ll be doing my own comparisons once I get my hands on the z2. Display, camera and performance just to see how far Sony had come in a year. Z1 did nothing for me so I skipped it. It just seemed like they ramped up the specs which gave better performance but the display and camera were still sub par. Add to that the size of the z1 and those bezels, it just didn’t seem like Sony achieved much with the z1. Z2 on the other hand is looking really promising.
    Trouble for the z2 is, if sony continue with the biannual flagship policy then it will probably be the shortest lived flagship device in history considering that most people will get it in may. Some might not even see it until June. In those markets it’ll reign for only 3 months before the z3 is unveiled. Really wrong that in my opinion. I think a flagship device should stand for a year. That’s the rule of the game and Sony needs to start playing by it like everyone else

  • Sanyok1986

    awesome !

  • RealityCheck2013

    I like the PSVita OLED screen really :P Every time i look at it i think WOW it’s LOVELY :D They should use those OLED screens on the Z’s. Oh well. I got a Z1 & am happy with it & just because the Z2(even tho if i could i would buy 1) looks a bit better it mean i should cry about it :D

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  • monmonster

    I’m still loving my XZ..even my friends who are iphone users love the screen quality..if I would update my phone it would be bigger screen less bezel

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  • Which color do you prefer of the Xperia Z2 – Black, White or Purple?

  • Sam Albalushi

    i am happ with my zr not much difference in both handset

  • Dido

    It is a sharp or JDC? I have JDC panel and the display looks much better than on the picture and i’m satisfied :)I don’t care about viewing angles….

  • H-R-K

    I also think Sony must use OLED panel, because future is there. In future all company go with OLED panel.

  • H-R-K

    Sony look at OLED panel & tried to produce OLED panel with WOLED technology.

  • dj

    I had the z. And did not like anything bout it except the great camera.

  • Jerrod Dorrell

    Well,obviously a new model phone will out do its previous functions!! That’s the reason for coming up with new phones, to make it better than the last.

  • P9

    I love my Z <3

  • Mohammad Hamad Hasan

    z2 is over saturated n unnatural compare to the z1. .looks like old Samsung screen. .

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    So do I ;)

  • Jeff Martinez

    So how much better is it to the Z1 Compact. My friend has the Z1 and I have the Compact. It’s noticeably improved on the Compact side.

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  • Somebody

    Even my XSP could perform better than Z (according to this post).

    Btw, If Z2 is said the upgrade for Z, just imagine the upgrade for z1 (the next flagship, Z3). It should be more big innovative improvements from its predecessor, and I’ll suffer to wait it.

  • doraemonboi

    Once you go Z2 you will never go back to Z screen.
    Z2 user (Current) Ex Z user (Past)

  • doom guy

    I have used the Z extensively and never seen orange strawberries. Sure the viewing angle isn’t the greatest but the screen itself is really good.

  • doom guy

    4me the Z Ultra still has the best screen. Looking forward to the announcement of the Z Ultra 2.

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  • nicki laoundaaaaa

    My Xperia Z Is Best Snaps Ever…. Not Like This Different Color Red Strawberries looking orange lol.X Crapppp… :) my Z takes awsome snapss……. dude believe main after update 4.3 before update it’s crap

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