Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S 4: hands-on comparison (Video)

Is Sony’s new Xperia Z2 a phablet? It used to be that the five-inch mark served as the unofficial gateway into phablet territory, and as the the Z2 trades-in the Z1’s 5.0-inch display for a 5.2-inch panel, it’s edging-in to that space; remember, the original phablet, the first Galaxy Note, only had a 5.3-inch screen. Then again, a lot’s changed since those days, and is a phablet today better described as something like the Z Ultra, solidly into the six-inch space? We went hands-on with Z2 and a couple of its peers at the MWC today, checking out how the new Sony Android measures-up against the current king of the phablets, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, as well as last year’s Galaxy S 4.

Even with the Note 3’s big 5.7-inch display, the handset’s footprint isn’t appreciably larger than the Z2; sure it’s a bit wider and slightly taller, but the Note 3 is a far better match than the five-inch GS4, which looks almost dwarfed by comparison.

Then again, we’re interested in more than just the Z2’s size, and there are other factors to weigh when putting it up against these two Samsungs – that big 20.7-megapixel camera, for instance. Check out our hands-on below to see just how these three Androids compared.

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