I donít know how this one slipped under the radar. The Sony Xperia Z has got to be one of the most under rated cell phones in the market today. And I donít even know why. I mean Sony is a pretty reliable cell phone manufacturer, what reason would anyone have for not trusting them? So here we are going to compare the Sony Xperia Z with the Samsung Galaxy S4. Will Samsung still be number one after this comparison? Letís find out.

Phone Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z
Image The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs the Sony Xperia Z-samsung-galaxy-s4.jpg The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs the Sony Xperia Z-sony-xperia-z.jpg
Operating System Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean) Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean)
Processor Quad Core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 Quad Core, 1500 MHz, Krait
System Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
System Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Graphics Processor Adreno 320 Adreno 320
Display 5.0Ē Super AMOLED 5.0Ē TFT
Screen Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080
Pixel Density 441 ppi 443 ppi
Storage 16 / 32 / 64 GB User memory + microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC slot (up to 64 GB) 16 GB User memory + microSD / microSDHC slot (up to 32 GB)
Primary Camera 13 MP 13.1 MP
Secondary Camera 2.0 MP 2.2 MP
WiFi WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / n 5GHz WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / n 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Battery 2,600 mAh 2,330 mAh
Weight 130 g 146 g
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.90 mm 139 x 71 x 7.90 mm
Announced 14th March 2013 07th January 2013

Size and weight

When it comes to size and weight there is hardly anything to separate both of these cell phones. The Sony Xperia Z measures 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm while the Samsung Galaxy S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm. Iím sure no one will mind that the Xperia Z is marginally longer and wider than the Galaxy S4. The difference is a lot more noticeable when it comes to weight though. The Galaxy S4 weighs just 130 g while the Xperia Z weighs 146 g. It is still lighter than most smart phones out there today, but when it comes to flagship cell phones, a 16 g difference is a lot.

Itís really close, but the Galaxy S4 just about manages to pick up this point.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - One / Sony Xperia Z - Zero)


Once again, Sony has managed to match up to Samsung as far as the display on these cell phones are concerned. Both phones have a 5Ē screen but while the Xperia Z has a TFT screen the Galaxy S4 has a Super AMOLED screen. On the other hand, the Xperia Z has an even larger pixel density than that the Galaxy S4 at 443 ppi. I didnít think Samsung would be threatened by any other manufacturer in terms of pixel density anytime soon.

The Xperia Z has a higher pixel density and the Galaxy S4 has a Super AMOLED screen. Therefore, this one is draw.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - One / Sony Xperia Z - Zero)

Memory & Storage

Again, Sony has managed to stand head to head with Samsung. Both cell phones have 2 GB of RAM and are lightning fast. You can run multiple applications at the same time with ease. When it comes to storage options both cell phones have a 16 GB variant while the Galaxy S4 also has a 32 and 64 GB version as well. In terms of expandable memory the Galaxy S4 allows for expansion up to 64 GB while the Xperia Z offers expansion up to 32 GB.

I donít think it would be fair to give this point to Samsung just because it offers more storage. Again one more draw.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - One / Sony Xperia Z - Zero)


This is one point which the Galaxy S4 has been winning with ease against other smart phones simply because it has a 13 MP camera. But that wonít work here since the Xperia Z also has a 13.1 MP camera. Both phones have an LED flash as well. And while the Galaxy S4 has a 2 MP camera on the front the Xperia Z has a 2.2 MP camera. Both cameras are equally exceptional but the Galaxy S4 manages to pull in front marginally when it comes to features and functionality.

The point goes to the Galaxy S4.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - Two / Sony Xperia Z - Zero)

OS & Performance

Both cell phones are running on the latest Android operating system, 4.2.2 JellyBean. In terms of performance as well, both cell phones have a Quad-Core processor. Both cell phones even share the same graphics processor, Adreno 320. Yet another point where Sony has managed to match Samsung pound for pound.

It wouldnít be right to award this point to anyone. Another draw.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - Two / Sony Xperia Z - Zero)


The Galaxy S4 has a 2,600 mAh battery which offers a standby time of around 15 days. On the other hand, the Xperia Z has a 2,330 mAh battery with a standby time of more than 22 days. That really is amazing. With a smaller battery, the Xperia Z will still be able to last a whole extra week on standby than the Galaxy S4.

Thatís definitely one point for Sony.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - Two / Sony Xperia Z - One)


The Galaxy S4 is priced around $ 690 while the Xperia Z is priced around $ 630. Thatís a whopping $ 60 difference between both the cell phones. And there definitely isnít anything extra on the Galaxy S4 worth an extra $ 60. Then again, this is the first real top-end cell phone from Sony and Iím guessing they just wanted to play it a little safe with the pricing. Iím guessing that works for the customers though.

The point goes to the Xperia Z.

(Samsung Galaxy S4 - Two / Sony Xperia Z - Two)


Well what do you know? Both the cell phones are tied are 2 points apiece. What you should take note of though is that the two points which Sony won (battery and price) were unanimous while Samsungís two points (size and camera) were picked up on technicalities more than anything else. What you need to understand though is that itís easier to live with fewer features on your camera and a 16 g heavier smart phone than it is to live with a smart phone than offers lesser stand by time and is more expensive. I would definitely choose the Sony Xperia Z over the Samsung Galaxy S4. What would you choose?

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