Sony Xperia Z Vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 are the most HOT smartphone models right now. The two flagship models are expected to have millions of sales around the World. Both models have unique capabilities that can impress everyone! In this article we will try to help you on your decision about which one to buy. This comparison is based mostly on specifications because the Galaxy S4 was launched just a few days ago.


Design – Quality

Sony has made a great work on the Xperia Z design. The Aluminium buttons and the durable tempered glass, give Xperia Z great and elegant look and feel. On the other hand, Samsung has improved the quality a bit, but the Galaxy S4 body is made out of plastic materials again, giving the sense of a cheap device. On this field Samsung has a lot work to

 Performance – Processor

Samsung Galaxy S4 features a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and Sony Xperia Z a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor. Both devices are really fast! Everything runs smoothly and you can enjoy any app on both devices. Although Galaxy S4 has a slightly faster processor, there is no much difference between them.



Both devices come with HD 1080 X 1920 pixels 5 inch displays with about 441 PPI. The main difference between them is in colors. Samsung Galaxy S4 features a Super AMOLED display with impressive bright colors. On Sony Xperia Z the screen colors are not so bright but looks much more natural. The Xperia Z has enough processing power to process video in real time and correct brightness, color saturation and sharpness using the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology.


RAM – Storage

2gb of RAM are available on both Xperia Z and Galaxy S4. On Samsung’s device you are able to choose between three different internal memory capacities 16gb, 32gb, 64gb depending on the model (currently only 16gb internal memory is available) . Sony’s device comes only with 16gb internal memory. On both devices you can extend the memory using SDcards, up to 64gb on Galaxy S4 and up to 32gb on Xperia Z.


Camera – Photos – Videos

Both devices feature cameras with 13.1MP, 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus with LED flash. Both of them have similar capabilities. Photo and video quality is slightly better on Xperia Z, with better performance in low light conditions and in high contrast situations (with the HDR – High Dynamic Range feature).xperia-z-camera

Other Features

Sony’s flagship is Waterproof. This feature makes the device unique! You can capture underwater photos and videos and you can even wash your device! On the other hand on Galaxy S4 we cannot find such a unique feature. The only thing to notice, is the removable battery, which can make your life easier in many cases.Samsung-Galaxy-S4-3


Overall, we are talking about the best smartphones currently available on the market. The differences between them are minor. Galaxy S4 has a slightly faster processor, more memory available and brighter screen colors. Xperia Z has a more stylish and elegant design with better quality materials and features water resistance capabilities which make the device unique.


Comparison Table

SONY Xperia Z

Samsung Galaxy S4

Display Size 5.0 inches 4.99 Inches
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen Super AMOLED
Dimensions 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
Sim Type Micro Sim Micro Sim
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Weight 146 grams 130 grams
PPI (Pixels Per Inch) 441 441
LTE Band LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 Region Dependent
Shatter Proof, Scratch Resistant & Water Resistant Yes, Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes No
Internal Memory 16GB 16/32/64 GB storage
External SD Card Slot Up to 32GB Yes, up to 64GB
Rear Camera 13.1MP with 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording,
Front Camera 2.2 MP with 1080p@30fps 2MP with 1080p@30fps Recording
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 Exynos 5 Octa 5410
GPU Adreno 320 PowerVR SGX 544MP3
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
FM Radio Yes Yes
InfraRed No Yes
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
NFC / USB 2.0 with MHL Support Yes /Yes Yes
Wi Fi Standards Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Firmware Android Jellybean 4.1.2Upgradeable to Jellybean 4.2.2 Jellybean 4.2.2
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery 2600 Mah Removable Battery
Colors Black, White, Purple White Frost, Black Mist

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