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Is The Sony Xperia Z3 Worth The Upgrade From Xperia Z2?

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Back in April, Sony treated its users with the Xperia Z2 which came with its own share of pros and cons. Just six months later, Sony brings us the Xperia Z3, which is supposedly an upgraded model, with new features and specifications. However, the relatively small time frame between the launch of the two devices makes the upgrade questionable, and many are wondering if it is worth their money to switch from the Z2 to the Z3.Hopefully, our comparison will help you decide, if you’re stuck between the two.

Design

There are similarities but also differences between the two devices, as the Xperia Z3 carries the aluminum frame sported by its predecessor forward, while also adopting new design features. Its curved edges are more emphasized, while the tempered glass gives it a plus in the class department. The overall design of the Xperia Z3 is much sleeker than the Z2’s with its slimmer profile. The Xperia Z2 is 8.2 mm thick and weighs 163 grams, while the Xperia Z3 was slimmed down to only 7.3 mm in hickness and 152 grams in weight, not to mention being made efficient towards keeping out water and dust. The Xperia Z2 is also dust resistant and waterproof.

Both devices come in the standard black and white color options, but also provide additional options. The Xperia Z2 offers a purple variant, while the Xperia Z3 comes in green and copper.

Display

The Xperia Z2 features a 5.2 inch display, powered by the Triluminous, IPS LCD technology. The 1080p full HD display seems to be enough for Sony which didn’t bother changing it for the Xperia Z3. The Z2 successor features the very same 5.2 inch screen, operating under the same technology, but slightly brighter.

Hardware

Once again, the specifications are very similar. The Xperia Z2  packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 quad core processing unit, and while Sony didn’t change the chipset model for the Xperia Z3, it did, however, boost up its clock speed from 2.3 GHz to 2.5 GHz. In support of the processor, in both cases, we have the Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM that secure a smooth navigation experience. In terms of internal memory, you can get up to 128 GB of internal storage space by using a microSD card, but the Xperia Z3 wins when it comes to te built in, original storage, as it offers 16 and 32 GB variants, while the Z2 only comes in a 16 GB version. Both devices also feature the standard connectivity options one can find in a smartphone, including Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, GPS and so on.

Software

The Xperia Z3 is the newer device, therefore it is only logical that it comes with the fresher operating system build. The Z3 comes with the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat right out the box, while the Z2 features Android KitKat as well, but an older build, 4.4.2. On top of Google’s operating system, Sony has added its own user interface skin. The Z3 lets you play PS4 games through WiFi, whereas the Z2 does not, so that’s something to keep in mind if you find yourself playing a lot.

Camera

While the Xperia Z3 camera maintains the configuration of its predecessor, with 20.7 MP in the back and 2.2 MP in the front, it still comes with improvements in the form of features. Some of the features and capabilities present on the Xperia Z3 which can’t be found on the Z2 are Live on YT, AR fun, Steady Shot, Multicamera, boosted ISO (to 12800) and enhanced G Lens optics. Both handsets can shoot 1080p video.

Battery

The Xperis Z2 comes with a 3200 mAh battery, while the Z3 features a 3100 mAH battery. However, the Z3 battery is supposedly better than the one featured in its predecessor, as it can last for 2 days, while the Xperia Z2 battery can only sustain about 1.4 days.

Price

On Amazon.com, the Xperia Z2 is available for around $540