Xperia Z2a sized up against the Xperia Z2; inferior display exposed

by XB on 10th June 2014

in Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2a versus Z2_1Sony has started to use much better displays on its handsets, following much criticism last year. A number of models launched in 2014 now use IPS displays such as the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia T2 Ultra and the upcoming Xperia T3.

Earlier today, we reported that the Xperia Z2a will launch in Taiwan next month, although there’s no word whether we’ll see it launch globally. Essentially it is the same phone as the Xperia ZL2 that has been released for au by KDDI in Japan. Specs for the Xperia Z2a are largely the same as the Xperia Z2 including the Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) chipset, 16GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP Exmor RS camera and IP55/IP58 certification.

The Xperia Z2a is slightly smaller than the Xperia Z2, sporting a 5.0-inch 1080p display (Xperia Z2: 5.2-inch) and a sealed 3000mAh battery (Xperia Z2: 3200mAh).The Xperia Z2a also only has a VGA (0.3MP) front-facing camera versus the 2.2MP front camera in the Xperia Z2.

It is therefore a shame to see such a well-specced handset using a VA, rather than IPS, panel. The side-by-side pictures below of the Xperia Z2a versus the Xperia Z2 show the difference in displays and how far we’ve come over the last year. The Xperia Z2a has poor contrast when not looking head-on at the display.

Given that we’ve seen Sony’s mid-range models this year adopting IPS panels, it’s a bit odd that it is not using something similar for the Xperia Z2a. Perhaps Sony is trying to run down inventory of this particular display type. After all the Xperia Z1 also had a 5.0-inch FHD display, so perhaps Sony had some excess inventory. Whatever the reason, we hope that going forward we only see the best displays in all Sony mobile devices.

Xperia Z2a versus Z2_1

Xperia Z2a versus Z2_2

Xperia Z2a versus Z2_3

Xperia Z2a versus Z2_4

Xperia Z2a versus Z2_5

Via ePrice.

Thanks Ben!

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    winner Z2

  • asod 90

    woulda be weird if a flagship model lost to a budget model

  • Luca

    Theme? ;)

  • barilla

    VA panels usually have as good viewing angles as IPS. If it’s the same display as in Z1 as you suggest then it’s TN, not VA

  • 3rdflyleaf

    VGA front facing camera?? Seriously?
    Stop releasing UNBALANCED specs Sony!

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  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Not critical diff between displays. but overall design & VGA-front camera…

  • NidouXperia

    all the themes are in the link below, but u have to be rooted!

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    Actually, the z2 has a great display, but it’s still stands behind the awesome displays like GS5, G2, etc.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I think that depends on your screen preference, some have the Z2 is a bit saturated, but no where near as saturated as the S5.

  • ycleft xperia

    May be you have not owned a s5 or g2: I have every one of ’em; z2 stands out among the three, regardless of the higher brightness level in the galaxy s5, it sucks when it comes to luminance and gamut. S5 produces less vivid reds, greens and blues. Go to about device settings menu in all three of the phones, then long press on the firmware version menu to reveal the red backgroud Android Kit Kat, only the mighty xperia z2 is able to show the true red background, ironically, s5 or note 3’s red is orange to the human eye. So the whole discussion about the display quality stands explained. Sony knows the art of producing vivid and true colors more than anyone else in this world of LEDs. You know TRILUMINOS has never been a gimmick. No hard feelings or fanboyism involved in my writing.

  • alex

    Who put on brand new Xperia Z2a, 0.3MP front-facing camera… DDD. Today is 2014 year, but Sony put 0.3 mpx. camera LOL, even chinese phones has 5 mpx. front-facing cameras. Sony, you are so greedy company)))

  • Boris J

    Lol please work on something good and stop non sence like this.

  • Alex Dimitri

    *but lesser bezels

  • Jiyeon90

    Z1 has VA
    VA = great contrast & worse viewing angles than IPS

  • Anon

    Only Sony spend money to develop and distribute a phone that they already know that will not sell.

  • t1m0thyzer0

    the screen just washed out in z2a when tilted

  • Christian

    Ha! That’s embarrassing..

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Seems like sony had extra parts component to clearence and wallah !!!!! Here come xperia z2a….


    Sony Mobile is the worst company of Sony Group!

  • ???cz

    VGA Front Facing Camara ? -.-

    Guess What……. Zr is one of the most non-selled devices in 2013… 1.2MPx would be okay but 0.3 ??????? NAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • RealityCheck2013

    No No No SONY :-/ I don’t like the back cover of the Z2a(sort of curved like + like the other new SONY phone the T3 to) It looks like from their old ‘SONY Ericsson’ days :-/

  • WhyWai

    calm down people. Manufacturer need to release other products beside flagship high end model….

  • tony

    VA panels are not inferior. Viewed straight-on VA looks better then IPS. So far Sony has released IPS panel of 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 6.0, 6.44inch sizes but no 5inch.

  • Phillip

    i never use the front facing camera. but va screen is fine if the retail price made right

  • Sumo

    VGA front camera… Hmm…. A little let down with Sony, VGA is a time of the past now. BUT hey… it’s not like everybody or everyone of us in here are buying this phone right? So shut up bitches and enjoy your Z1-Z2 or other Xperia devices :D Besides… despite it using a VGA, this still looks better than Samsung’s phone! <- Had to say that! LOL~

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  • Timbo1

    haha everyone should know megapixels dont mean squat! there are 13 megapixel cameras that shoot better than the 20 megapixel found in the Z1/Z2. At least it has a FFC….

  • kaostheory

    Sony has joined the fight against selfies! Go Sony!

  • H-R-K

    Sony, why u are not using WOLED display?

  • Malih

    What a joke,
    Sony is still the same old same old with the ridiculous and unpredictable specs,
    Looks like they have no intention to be in the same league and compete with Samsung/Apple.

  • Midix

    VA means Vashed Aut :D

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