The Samsung Z2 vs. Z3 vs. Z1 comparison reports suggested that the three Tizen smartphones pose a great competition to the Android market. In order to provide an overview of the smartphones, we have jotted down the specs of the Z1, Z2, and Z3 devices.
Unless you are keen to buy all three phones, this review report will help you to choose the best budget Samsung device. The Samsung Z1 consists of a 4-inch screen with IPS LCD display and 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Whereas the Z2 phone features a 4-inch screen coupled with an IPS LCD display panel with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. On the other hand, the Samsung Z3 sports a 5-inch screen with a Super AMOLED display panel and 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.
In terms of performance-related specs, the Samsung Z1 sports a Spreadtrum SC7727S chipset along with 768 MB RAM. Whereas, the Z2 phone consists of a Spreadtrum SC9830 processor along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage as compared to the Z3's Spreadtrum SC7730 chipset with same RAM and internal on board.
Furthermore, the Samsung Z2 excels in the camera specs with a 5-megapixel rear and a VGA front camera as compared to the Z1 phone's 3-megapixel rear and a VGA front camera. On the other hand, the Z3 smartphone consists of an 8-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front camera. All the three smartphones consists of additional features like High Dynamic Range mode, autofocus, capturing pictures during video recording, video calling, and Digital image stabilization.
In terms of software specs, all the three Samsung smartphones consist of Tizen OS but with different versions. The Z2 phone sports the upgraded Tizen OS v2.4 whereas the other two Z1 and Z3 devices feature the Tizen OS V2.3.
The Samsung devices are budget 4G phones with a price range of $126.67, $68.45 and $188.67 for the Z1, Z2, and Z3 respectively. However, choosing the best phone will totally depend on your requirements.
It’s pretty clear that Samsung has plans to launch another Tizen-powered smartphone after the success of the Z1, and the name of the next device meant to continue the saga of Tizen is the Samsung Z3.
The phone has already surfaced in a few live shots, but today the folks at Tizen Café are bringing us a fresh batch of images that compare the first-gen Z1 Tizen handset to the upcoming Z3 model.
As it’s pretty obvious from the new images presented to us, the Z3 is going to be larger than the Z1, arriving into the wild with a 5-inch display. The specs of the device are pretty unremarkable, given today’s standards, but the Z3 does stand out from the crowd because it comes equipped with Tizen OS out of the box. In contrast, the Z1 arrived with a 4-inch screen.
Previous leaks indicated that the Z3 would feature a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that would support 720p resolution, which is another improvement compared to Z1’s 480 x 800 pixel resolution.The Z3 might ship out with a Snapdragon 410, after all
The Z3 is also expected to arrive with a more powerful 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7730S processor (or maybe Snapdragon 410, as some other rumors have indicated), 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (microSD card for memory expansion will also become available).
The new Tizen smartphone will feature an 8MP main camera with autofocus, LED flash and video recording, whereas on the front we’ll see a secondary 5MP camera. Everything on board will be powered by a 2,600 mAh battery.
Samsung is also offering 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and GPS with AGPS support.
We were expecting to see Samsung unveil the phone at the Tizen Developer Summit on July 30-31 in Bengaluru, India, but that didn’t happen, so we must assume the Korean tech giant still has some work to do on it. The initial launch will cover territories like India, Bangladesh and Nepal, which makes us think that the phone will be aggressively priced.
India, for example, is a lofty territory for budget smartphone manufacturers, so if Samsung hopes to differentiate its Tizen smartphones, it has to bring out the big guns.
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Lets do a quick history lesson: The first Tizen Smartphone was the Samsung Z1, then came the Z3, and yesterday was the turn of the 4G touting Z2 to take centre stage. On the whole the Z2 is very similar to the Z1 and can be thought of a Z1 2016 edition with the inclusion of 4G cellular connectivity and updated software with user requested features.
Samsung Z2: Has a 4-inch WVGA screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Powered by a 1.5GHz Quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD capability (upto 128GB), dual SIM support, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, and a 1500mAh long-lasting battery. Direct comparison with the Z1 shows that the obvious difference which is the main camera which is a 5MP, a welcome upgrade over the previous 3MP. Other changes are more memory, 768MB compared to 1GB, and 8GB storage opposed to 4GB. Altogether this is a an attractive device especially when its priced at Rs 4,590 for a 4G device with Reliance Jio preview offer bundled in.
Samsung Z3: Was announced in October 2015. Has a 5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel HD Super AMOLED display, Powered by a 1.3Ghz Quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD capability (upto 128GB), 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front camera, and a 2600mAh battery. The device was launched with an older version of Tizen v2.4.0 (opposed to 220.127.116.11) and does not have some of the newest features of the Z2 and it is hoped that Samsung will update the Z3 sooner than later.
Samsung Z1: Samsung announced the Z1, which would support the Tizen, in January 2015 and it was the first move to start Samsung’s own Tizen smartphone ecosystem. Android has been a good revenue cow for the Korean hardware manufacturer, but they could have far greater returns by utilising their own Operating System. The 4-inch display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, dual core processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB On-board storage, 3MP main camera, and was launched with Tizen 2.4. The budget smartphone was later updated to version 2.4 of the Tizen OS.
Sony has been busy at this year's consumer electronics show IFA, announcing a number of new additions to its Xperia mobile line up including the Xperia Z3 Compact.
Just like its predecessor, the Xperia Z3 Compact brings flagship specs into a smaller device so we put it up against the Xperia Z1 Compact that was announced at the beginning of this year to see what the differences are and how far the new Xperia Compact has come.The Xperia Z3 Compact is slimmer, lighter and nicer
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact arrives with an almost identical design to the Xperia Z1 Compact aside from a couple of tweaks here and there that overall make for a better looking device.
Sony has added nylon corners to the Xperia Z3 Compact to help protect it if you drop it and it has also introduced an edge that it is calling the "liquid reflection frame" to hold the front and back glass panels together, which replaces the silver trim found on the Xperia Z1 Compact.
Some new colours have been introduced with the new device too, replacing the bright pink and bright lime green colours is an orange and mint green, but the same IP65/68 rating remains so the Xperia Z3 Compact will be just as waterproof as its predecessor.
In terms of build, the Xperia Z3 Compact offers the same footprint as the Xperia Z1 Compact but it is slightly slimmer at 8.6mm and considerably lighter at 129g compared to the 9.5mm and 137g of the original Compact.Bigger display on the Xperia Z3 Compact, but same resolution
Sony has been sticking to its guns when it comes to the resolutions of its latest launches and the Xperia Z3 Compact is no different, standing still at the same 1280 x 720 pixel resolution as the Xperia Z1 Compact.
Don't worry though, it's not all the same in the display department as despite Sony keeping the footprint of the Xperia Z3 Compact the same as the Xperia Z1 Compact, it has increased the display size from 4.3-inches to 4.6-inches.
Of course, the larger display and same resolution means the pixel density drops slightly on the new Xperia Z3 Compact compared to the Xperia Z1 Compact from 341ppi to 319ppi, which essentially means the original device has a sharper display but the difference won't be noticeable to the human eye.The Xperia Z3 Compact will be faster
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact featured the same processor as its bigger brother and the Xperia Z3 Compact does the same, meaning the Xperia Z3 Compact will be quicker than its predecessor.
There is 2GB of RAM under the hood of both devices but the Xperia Z3 Compact will come with the 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while the Xperia Z1 Compact features a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
The difference might not be dramatic but the Xperia Z3 Compact should be a little faster at performing more strenuous tasks compared to the Xperia Z1 Compact.Better camera on the Xperia Z3 Compact
Many were pleased to see the same 20.7-megapixel sensor appear on the Xperia Z1 Compact when it launched at CES as it was a nice change to see an uncompromised "mini" device and Sony has done it again with the Xperia Z3 Compact.
While there is no difference between the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact, there is a difference between the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z3 Compact as Sony has added some improvements to the latest Xperia flagship devices.
The megapixels remain the same but Sony has upped the ISO to 12800 on the Xperia Z3 Compact in an attempt to improve low light images, as well as introduced a wider 25mm G Lens to the new handsets.
You'll also find six new camera applications on the Xperia Compact Z3 compared to the Xperia Z1 Compact including Live to YouTube, Face-In, MultiCamera and 4K video recording, as well as improved SteadShot and Intelligent Active Mode for steadier videos.The Xperia Z3 Compact has extra features for gamers and music buffs
Both the Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z1 Compact run on Android 4.4 KitKat with the Sony skin over the top, which includes the What's Now portal that pushes Sony's content.
You won't see a lot of difference when it comes to the user experience between the two devices but Sony will be launching a service in November that will allow you to play your PlayStation 4 console games on your Xperia Z3 Compact, which you won't be able to do on the Xperia Z1 Compact to begin with.
Additionally, Sony has made the Xperia Z3 Compact hi-res audio enabled and introduced the DSEE HX technology to it that will convert low-res audio files into near hi-res to give users music "as the artist intended".The Xperia Z3 Compact will last longer
The Xperia Z3 Compact has a 2600mAh battery capacity that Sony claims will give you two days of life under normal usage conditions and even if that is a high claim, it should still last longer than the 2300mAh battery in the Xperia Z1 Compact.
There is 16GB of internal storage in both devices, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD and the normal connectivity features including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC are all on board both too.Conclusion
As you would expect, the Xperia Z3 Compact improves the already great Xperia Z1 Compact in many areas including design, display size, camera, processor, battery and software additions.
The only place where the Xperia Z1 Compact wins the battle is the sharpness of its display but considering we are talking a couple of pixels per inch, it is probably safe the say the Xperia Z3 Compact is the winner here.Mobile World Congress 2017: Nokia, Sony, Huawei, smartphones and more When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone? Best smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy today Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus: Release date, specs and rumours
Sony launched several new devices during IFA 2014 in Berlin at the beginning of September. Among those new devices was the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. which replaces the Xperia Z1 Compact (Sony skipped over the Z2 Compact, it seems). Here, we put the two smartphones head-to-head to see how they stack up in our Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comparison review. See also: Best smartphones 2014Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Price
The Xperia Z3 Compact costs £429, from Sony, though you'll find it cheaper if you shop around. Clove is offering it for just £349, for example.
For now, you can still buy the Xperia Z1 Compact from Sony too, at a price of £349. We've yet to see it offered much cheaper by third-party resellers so the Z3 Compact is a better deal right now. Read next: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet CompactSony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Design and build
The Xperia Z3 Compact has a sleeker and more streamlined design than its predecessor. It's lighter, thinner, more durable and has new colours.
Taking a closer look, you'll first notice that the Z3 Compact comes in black, green, orange or white, while the Z1 Compact has white, pink, yellow or black options.
Sony has shaved a small amount off of the thickness and weight with the new model, too. The Z3 Compact measures 8.6mm thick and weighs 129g, compared with the 9.5mm and 137g of the Z1 Compact.
When it comes to durability, the Z3 Compact has new nylon corners to protect the smartphone should you accidentally drop it, and it's dust- and waterproof to a rating of IP68 compared with the IP55 rating of the Z1 Compact.Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Screen
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a 4.6in screen, which is bigger than the 4.3in of the Z1 Compact but the overall size of the phone is similar thanks to the thinner bezels on the newer smartphone.
They share the same 720p resolution, though, which actually means that the pixel density of the older phone is slightly higher, at 341ppi compared with the Z3 Compact's 319ppi.Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Hardware
Inside the Xperia Z3 Compact is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz paired with 2GB RAM. That's impressive, but not completely dissimilar to the Z1 Compact's Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, also paired with 2GB RAM.
We've not been able to run our full benchmark tests on the newer Compact yet, but we were impressed with the results achieved by the Xperia Z1 Compact and expect the Z3 Compact to be even better.
You'll get 16GB of built-in storage with both the Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact, and both offer microSD card slots. The Z3 Compact supports microSD cards up to 128GB while the Z1 Compact offers up to 64GB, though.
Connectivity features in both smartphones are largely the same, including Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G LTE, but the Z3 Compact does support the faster 11ac WiFi standard that the Z1 misses out on.Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Camera
You'll also find a similar camera in both of the Z Compact smartphones from Sony. Both have 20.7Mp main cameras with the Sony Exmor RS sensor, but the Z3 Compact does offer a 25mm wide-angle and a super-high ISO of 128000.
The front-facing camera on the Z3 Compact is 2.2Mp while the Z1 Compact has a 2Mp camera on the front. They're both capable of recording 1080p video.Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Software
Both the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and its predecessor run Android 4.4 KitKat with Sony's own user interface.
The Z3 Compact has some cool new features that the Z1 Compact missed out on, though. It supports PS4 Remote Play for playing PS4 games over a WiFi network and has high-res audio playback including DSD files. If you don't own any high-res music then Sony's DSEE HD (digital sound enhancement engine) promised to upscale it to near high-res quality.Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Specs
Overall, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is not all that different from the Xperia Z1 Compact. The design is improved, the screen is a bit bigger, the processor is slightly better and the camera has been tweaked, but we'd suggest that none of those improvements are major. However, unless you can find the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for under £300, we'd recommend buying the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for £349 for those slight improvements, extra durability and new features.Best prices today
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