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Sony Xperia XZ2 vs iPhone X: How they differ?

03 March 2018 5

Sony kicked off this year MWC with the announcement of a couple of new flagship phones Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 compact. Both the devices are premium smartphones but as the name suggests XZ2 is a standard flagship with giant screen whereas the compact variant comes with the smaller display. After the MWC 2018, for sure many customers are gearing up to purchase a new phone.

If you are amongst those who are planning to grab a new smartphone, you will surely consider whether you should buy an Android running smartphone or an iOS running new iPhone? The iPhone X is not only the most expensive smartphone ever announced by Apple but also it is one of the best smartphones in the market despite being six months old. You have to spend $999 to grab the new iPhone X but you can get a solid alternative to it at the much lower price tag, and surely that's where buyers will consider the Sony's latest flagship XZ2.

Being the latest flagship smartphone the XZ2 is bringing a lot of goodies to attract buyers. This year Sony not only paid attention to specs sheet but also the brought a new design language which looks more stylish than the traditional OmniBalance. So if you are planning to grab a new smartphone in coming weeks, for sure you will consider both XZ2 and iPhone X. Today we will put both the devices in head to head competition to know in detail the key differences between both the devices. Without any further delay, let's start with the design as it is the first thing buyers consider which grabbing a new smartphone.

72 x 153 x 11.1 mm
5.7 inches - 2160x1080 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Design

Both the smartphones fall in premium flagship category that's why the companies tried to opt the best possible design. Both the device's chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The XZ2 chassis is made up of aluminum whereas the iPhone X comes with a stainless steel body. Both are devices give premium looks in hands.

The Xperia XZ2 is Sony's shift to ambient flow design which is a refreshing change from old blocky brick design. The new design language from Sony isn't something which stands out of the competition instead it looks pretty much like another Android smartphone with taller 2:1 display. The new aesthetics are pretty decent but still not extraordinary. Despite having a taller display it still retains significant bezels on top and bottom.

On the other hand, the iPhone X is the 10th-anniversary special edition phone that's why it doesn't share aesthetics with any other iPhone. Its a newly designed phone which is pretty much capable to wow customers with its striking full front display with almost none bezels except the small notch on top. The rear side features dual rear snappers placed in the top left corner. Overall its a neat design with wow factor.

Undoubtedly the iPhone X is one of the best-looking smartphones in the market but unfortunately, that's not the case with the Xperia XZ2. The Xperia XZ2 dimensions are 153 x 72 x 11.1mm whereas the iPhone X is less tall and slimmer at 143.6 x 71 x 7.7mm. However, the good thing is both the devices can be easily grabbed single handily. In terms of build quality both the devices are pretty much on par with each other.

Display

The Sony Xperia XZ2 sports a 5.7-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. It's strange to see Sony opted full HD+ panel when most of its competitors have Quad HD+ resolution. The display supports HDR which means it will upscale from SDR to HDR while playing High Dynamic Range content. The XZ2 display aspect ratio is 18:9.

The iPhone X is featuring a 5.8-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels. The aspect ratio of iPhone X display of 19.5:9. The display panel on the iPhone X is an OLED. The display panel is manufactured by Samsung, it is highly regarded as one of the best display panels on the market. The iPhone X OLED is tuned by Apple to provide awesome colors contrast ratio and brightness level of the display is also pretty good. You will find iPhone X's display incredibly bright with superb contrast and colors.

The display panel on XZ2 is LCD which means you won't get that much color saturation like iPhone X and also it will lack deep blacks. Although XZ2 display can shift into HDR at the moment the display panel on the iPhone X looks more promising.

Hardware

As far as hardware is a concern, the story is quite different here due to different OS. Sony XZ2 is on the Android OS whereas the story is different with the iOS running iPhone X. You can't compare both in terms of RAM, storage, and SoC because iOS devices are better optimized that's why Apple devices perform better even with less RAM on board. However, the good thing is being the latest both the devices are running on the best possible hardware.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is running on the Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB which is further expandable up to 400GB using MicroSD card. On the other hand, the iPhone X comes with an A11 Bionic chipset with 3GB RAM. Both the devices appear at Geekbench test which showcases their strength at multi-tasking. The iPhone X scores 10,249 points whereas the Xperia XZ2 managed to achieve 8,427 points. Being the latest devices both the devices are quite quick, you can perform all tasks on the go without worrying about delays.

Specs Xperia XZ2 iPhone X
Display 5.7-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 A11 Bionic
RAM 4GB 3GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64, 256B
3.5 mm headphone jack No No
USB Type-C Type-C
Rear camera 19MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 5MP 7MP
IP-ratings IP68 IP67
Battery 3,180mAh 2,716mAh

Camera

The camera setup on the iPhone X is slightly better than the iPhone 8 Plus that's why it is highly regarded as the best camera sensor on an iPhone in the market, not just that the camera is amongst the best on any phone. The dual rear snappers on the iPhone X are 12MP modules, the primary wide-angle snapper aperture is f/1.8 whereas the secondary telephoto sensor aperture is f/2.4. To avoid any blurs, the dual cameras features optical image stabilization. Thanks to improved dual cameras with larger apertures, the results produced by these snappers have saturated colors with pretty good dynamic range.

Although the Pixel 2 features the best in class cameras the iPhone X daily life captures are pretty great in every sense. You can also enjoy dual sensors luxuries like portrait shots and bokeh effects which allows you to capture subject by blurring the object. The Xperia XZ2 comes with a single snapper of 19MP with an improved image processing thanks to the Snapdragon 845 SoC. Sony flagships never attributed with the best in class camera sensors.

Sony XZ2 camera has an edge over the iPhone X in slow-motion video capture. The XZ2 can capture slow-motion video of Full HD quality at 960 frames per second whereas, in the case of iPhone X, the device only supports slow-motion capturing at 240 frames per second. Apple brought dual rear snappers to be one of the best whereas Sony's approach to stick with single snapper mostly due to saving cost price. One of the reason could be camera sensor isn't one of the key selling aspects of the device.

Apple iPhone X brings Animoji feature with depth sensing capability. Instead of a regular fingerprint scanner, it comes with one of the most secure facial recognition. Sony comes with the 3D facial scanner to create a 3D model of your face. Up front, the selfie camera on the XZ2 is 5MP whereas the iPhone X features 7MP module.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone. The device was announced for $999 in the US, for the UK customers it was available for £1000 and in Australia, it was announced for AU$ 1,579. On the other hand, Xperia XZ2 pricing is yet in dark for the US and Australian region. However, it is confirmed the device will be available for £699 in the UK.

As far as availability is a concern the iPhone X is widely available in almost all regions whereas the Sony confirmed availability of XZ2 in March but the company didn't confirm the regions where it will be available within March. We can expect the XZ2 will be available in many regions in next few weeks.

Battery

The battery cell on the XZ2 is 3,180mAh which easily last one day on single charge. It supports Qi Wireless charging. The XZ2 is the Sony's first smartphone with support for wireless charging. On the other hand, the iPhone X lights up by a 2,716mAh battery. The iPhone X is the Cupertino giant's first phone with wireless charging feature but here is a catch. The company don't ship the device with a fast charger instead the customers will have to buy it separately. Your iPhone X will charge quickly after spending around $75.

Conclusion

If you are already using an iPhone, the latest iPhone X surely will be a next-gen device for you as it comes with gesture control and many other features which were not available on older iPhones. The Full view display surely will be a wow factor for many owners who were using small display iPhones.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a powerful Android smartphone at slightly lower price tag than other, the XZ2 could become your next phone. It brings the stylish 2:1 display, beautiful sturdy design and top of the line hardware to match others in this league. If budget is not your problem and you are already using iPhone then go for the iPhone X. You will find it much better than any other iPhone, for those who want something different the XZ2 is pretty solid option due to its refined overall design and hardware.

Feel free to share your views in the comments section below regarding XZ2 vs iPhone X and which smartphone amongst the two would you like to have as your next phone. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 22 September 2018 @ 15:08)

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