The Sony Xperia Z1 compact was released in the month of January 2014. This handset is packed with good features and it provides great software and hardware performances. The Sony Xperia Z2, on the other hand, was released in February 2014 but the phone was not available widely. But now the Xperia Z2 can be purchased from all the mobile retailers, e-commerce sites and also from network carriers in Australia.
Readers who are interested in purchasing one of the aforementioned devices, here is a specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.
Display, Exterior and Size
The Xperia Z1 Compact has a 4.3 inches IPS LCD display, with a screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. Whereas the Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a bigger screen size of 5.2 inches, with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution. The Xperia Z2 is capable of supporting up to 424 ppi of pixel density, which is much higher than the 342 ppi of the Xperia Z1 Compact.
The thickness and the weight of Xperia Z1 Compact are 0.37 inches and 137 g respectively, while the Xperia Z2 comes with a thickness of 0.32 inches and it weighs 163 g.
It is worth noting that, both the phones are water and dust resistant (IP 58 certified). In addition, the Xperia Z2 comes with a scratch-resistant glass.
Hardware and Software
The Xperia Z2 is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz and it comes with a whopping 3 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz, which features a 2 GB of RAM.
The Xperia Z1 Compact runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to higher versions), while the latest Xperia Z2 runs on Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS.
Both the phones sport a superior 20.7 MP rear-facing camera unit with LED flash. The difference comes in the form of front-facing camera, the Xperia Z2 features a 2.2 MP camera and the Xperia Z1 Compact features a 2 MP camera.
However, the Xperia Z2 can shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos, but the Xperia Z1 Compact can shoot only 1080p HD videos. The salient features that are common to both the phones include, digital image stabilization, geo tagging, face detection, digital zoom, autofocus, panorama and HDR.
Both the phones come with 16 GB of internal storage. In addition, both the phones support microSD slot for expansion. While the maximum memory expansion limit for the compact version Xperia Z1 is 64 GB, the bigger Xperia Z2 offers up to 128 GB of memory expansion.
The Xperia Z1 Compact houses a good 2300 mAh battery, whereas the Xperia Z2 comes with a superior 3200 mAh battery unit. It is worth noting that, the battery unit of both the phones are non-removable.
Both the phones support micro-sim.
The Xperia Z1 Compact comes in four shades white, black, pink and lime green. The Sony Xperia Z2, on the other hand, comes in black, white, and purple shades.