Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 at Las Vegas turned out to be more than what had been expected by the tech experts. The ramps and booths in the expo were filled with enormous amounts of tech innovations in every possible category, which led to spectators experiencing a plethora of dazzling tablets, cameras and of course, phablets.
Samsung had initiated this whole new category of gadgets last year with the release of Galaxy Note in 2011 and got loads of buyers from round the globe. Watching people drooling over these hybrids of smartphone and tablet, this CES, many companies jumped into the phablet arena and showcased their offerings at the tech show.
A confluence of trends drove the phablets to the mainstream. Some users prefer larger screens because they are consuming more visual content on mobile devices than before while some others prefer using Wi-Fi on phablets while on the move.
Moreover, recent researches on the market have concluded that the number of phablets shipped will be quadrupled in the next five years.
Hence, more and more smartphone vendors are scurrying into the phablet market. Two such vendors, who have come up with phablets at the recent tech show are Sony and Huawei.
Sony came up with Xperia Z with water and dust resistance certifications - IP55 and IP57 and Xperia ZL, while Huawei made all the heads turn towards it with its offerings - Ascend Mate and Ascend D2.
Today, Gizbot has taken Xperia Z and Ascend D2 for the comparison in order to distinguish between their specifications and features and to bring the highights of each device to the spotlight.
Dimensions & Weight: While, Ascend D2 boasts a dimension of 140 x 71 x 9.4 mm and weighs in at 170 grams, the lighter Xperia Z carries a dimension of 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm and weighs around 140 grams.
Display: In this segment, both the handsets come with a 5 inch full HD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Moreover, Huawei scores more with the Magic Touch technology, which offers enhanced responsiveness even when accessed with gloves.
Processor: When it comes to processor, it can be said that both the devices boast similar specs, as Ascend D2 and Xperia Z are powered by 1.5GHz quad core processor Snapdragon S4 processor.
OS: Again on the OS front, both the handsets come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and are packed with features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam and more.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, Ascend D2 and Xperia Z have a 13MP rear camera, however, the Sony offering scores more with a 2.2MP front camera as compared to the 1.3MP front camera in Ascend D2.
Storage: When it comes to storage, Ascend D2 packs 32GB internal storage and 2GB RAM as compared to 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM in Xperia Z. However, the latter comes with a micro SD card supporting up to 32GB expandable storage.
Connectivity: In this segment, both Ascend D2 and Xperia Z are packed with connectivity features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB 2.0. Further, the Sony offering comes with NFC for convenient mobile payments.
Battery: While Ascend D2 is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, Xperia Z has a 2,330 mAh battery.
Price: As of now, there is no word on the pricing of Ascend D2 and Xperia Z.
Both Ascend D2 and Xperia Z are phablets with advanced specifications including 5 inch 1080p displays, quad core processors, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and more.
Detailing on the software front, Ascend D2 comes loaded with Dolby sound system, stereo recording, Augmented Reality navigation service, dual MIC noice reduction technology and swift sharing, which allows upload pictures, videos and other files two- to three-times faster than other smartphone users in a Wi-Fi environment.
On the other hand, Xperia Z comes with One-touch functions, Bravia Engine 2 display, Walkman, Album, Media, Battery Stamina mode and omnibalance design.
If the concern is on water resistant handset with expandable memory support and a better camera performance, Xperia Z is a right choice.
On the other hand, if the concern is on increased internal storage option for more application support and glove friendly touchscreen display, Ascend D2 could be a better option.