Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

Samsung launched the most awaited smartphone of the year Galaxy S4 at New York City’s historic landmark Radio City Music Hall. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the firm’s new flagship smartphone for 2013 but how does it compare to one of its main Android rival, the Sony Xperia Z?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with many new features such as facial movement tracker ‘Smart Scroll’ and ‘Smart Pause’ and ‘Air View’ gesture control. Xperia Z is no less of a competitor either. Sony has launched its Xperia Z and has market it as its premier flagship phone for 2013. Unveiled in January at CES 2013, the Xperia Z has what it takes to take on other names in the market. Sony has significantly revamped its hardware and software, when compared to earlier Xperia. It too has a few tricks in its bag to give a stiff fight to Galaxy S4, as it boasts of an exclusive technology of its own to show-off such as Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 display technology and Exmor RS image sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

Galaxy S4 Vs. Xperia Z, brief comparison in terms of main specifications:

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Design

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

As you can see from the image above, In terms of looks and build, the Galaxy S4 looks pretty close to its predecessor Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 130 grams, measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in), and features asymmetrically rounded corners, a hardware, button and two capacitive buttons below the display, with a polycarbonate back. In the other corner, the Sony Xperia Z is largely glass and boasts a waterproof and dust proof. It features an angular, almost monolithic shape, with on-screen navigational buttons and a glass back. The Xperia Z is quite slim, clocking in at 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm (5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 in). Sony has made a great work on the Xperia Z design. The Aluminum buttons and the durable tempered glass, give Xperia Z great and elegant look and feel.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

Verdict: Design is subjective to personal preference, but the Sony Xperia Z takes the round thanks to its build quality and proofing. We have to hand it to the Xperia Z here.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Display

Samsung Galaxy S4 New Features

It term of display, both smartphones come with high resolution displays. Samsung Galaxy S4 sports an impressive 5.0-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display of 1920 x 1080. with 441 pixels per inch screen resolution. Colours are a little more in your face than other smartphones but there is an option to switch to more natural colours. Detail of the display is impressive and the contrast is excellent whichever screen mode you choose.

Sony Xperia Z too sports an equally impressive 5.0-inch Full HD Reality Display, with 441 pixels per inch resolution, thanks to Sony’s in-house technology Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. Sony scores an additional point here for the water-and-dust proof screen in Xperia Z.

The other difference is glass as the Galaxy S4 uses Gorilla Glass 3 but the Sony Xperia Z has unamed shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.

Verdict: In terms of a winner we’ll call this one a draw, the Xperia Z has more natural colours, on the other hand Galaxy s4 comes with deep blacks and impressive details.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Processor


The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 uses the new Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor that has four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz for performance and four are Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.2GHz for less demanding tasks and power saving. Galaxy S4’s 1.9GHz quad-core processor variant is expected to be sold in select markets.

Inside the Xperia Z you get a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip clocked at 1.5GHz, it’s competitive with all but the fastest devices out there.

Samsung Galaxy S4 AnTuTu Benchmark

Verdict: Going on the specification, we’d expect the Galaxy S4 to beat the Xperia Z in every benchmark test.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Camera

Galaxy S4 Dual Camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is equipped with 13MP camera, and the user’s viewing experience is further enhanced, with tons of features including Dual Shot, Sound & Shot and Eraser Shot. You can even automatically compile a Story Album using location data, weather data and your personal info.

Sony’s Xperia Z is no less of a competitor, it also comes with a 13.1MP rear-facing snapper and a 1080p front-facing one. Using Sony’s Cyber Shot technology, the results are excellent be that when light is low or plentiful. That’s thanks to a quick-response sensor and 36 presets for setting up the camera as the scene requires. Video is also crisp, smooth and full 1080p.

Verdict: It’s a very close call – but the Galaxy S4’s extra features give it the edge.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S4 official images

Both of these smartphones run Google’s Android Jelly Bean but slightly different versions. The Sony Xperia Z is on 4.1.2 while the Galaxy S4 will shop with version 4.2.2. It’s a minor difference and the Sony will be updated soon anyway. The far bigger difference is the user interface overlay which each firm applies to Android.

Verdict: We’ll call this one a draw.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: UI

Samsung Galaxy S4 official images

Sony’s is closer to vanilla Android but Samsung, by contrast, has updated the TouchWiz UI with a boatload of extra features to make use of all those new sensors. You can swipe and highlight items without touching the screen, using Air View and Air Gesture, and scroll through web pages using only your gaze, with Smart Scroll’s eye tracking.

Verdict: This is an area very much down to personal opinion so we suggest you try out each version of Android to see which you prefer. we like the new features of the Galaxy s4 and you can find a ton of software enhancements that will differentiate it from other handsets on the market

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: RAM, Storage


Both Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 are available with 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage Sony has opted to sell just a 16GB model of the Xperia Z but the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Both have a microSD card slot for expansion and although the Xperia Z is supposedly limited to 32GB, it’s been widely reported that formatted 64GB cards also work. The Galaxy S4 takes 64GB cards as standard.

Verdict: Galaxy S4 wins here.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Battery

The Sony Xperia Z has a 2330mAh non-removable battery while the Galaxy S4 has a larger, and removable, 2600mAh battery. This doesn’t automatically mean that the Samsung offers longer battery life but its higher capacity coupled with the power saving cores of its processor means it is likely.

Verdict: Going on the specification, we’d expect the Galaxy S4 to beat the Xperia Z.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Extras

Galaxy S4 is truly loaded with extras, from Air View to S Health, which muscles in on the Nike and Endomondo apps of this world. A Group Play mode lets you game and share over NFC – without using Wi-Fi – while you can take charge of your telly using the phone’s IR blaster and Samsung’s WatchOn feature.

Xperia Z comes with DLNA support and a lot of rather useful apps preloaded like Video Unlimited. Oh, and it can even be used as a remote if you happen to own a W900A Sony Bravia LCD TV.

Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S4 takes the prize here.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

That said, the Xperia Z certainly beats the Galaxy S4 on visual design and build quality.

The battery life is not particularly good on Xperia Z and the device only has 16GB of onboard storage. There is the option of expanding this by microSD by up to 32GB, but here the Galaxy S4 has an advantage with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal capacity plus card capability up to 64GB.

Both offer fantastic displays but Galaxy S4 display is much kinder to your power consumption and it backs this up with a faster processor which is also not as hard on the battery.

So, if battery isn’t important to you and you’re looking for a smartphone with great build quality and proofing, the Xperia Z may be for you. Otherwise, for a well-rounded smartphone with a ton of software enhancements and a super fast CPU, the Galaxy S4 seems like a better choice.

 read also: Sony Xperia Z – 10 Reasons To Buy It


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 (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
Sim Type Micro Sim Micro Sim
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Weight 146 grams 130 g (4.59 oz)
PPI (Pixels Per Inch) 441 441
LTE Band LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, LTE (market 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 International version

  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410

US version

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
GPU Adreno 320 International version

  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU
  • 3-core, 533Mhz

US Version

  • Adreno 320
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait International version

  • 4X ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.6GHz
    4X ARM Cortez A7 cores at 1.2GHz

US version

  • Quad-core Krait 300 1.9Ghz
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 4.1.2 Upgradeable 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



3 Responses

  1. Marco says:

    S4 all the way 😀

  2. john says:

    s4 is best ever in the world……………………:)

  3. zul says:

    I have s3, and just bought xperia Z,after 5 days, i had decided to sell xperia Z for S4, because functionally, my s3 is still better..hopefully the S4 is even better…