Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Sony Xperia Z

If history is anything to go by it is evident in the abundant success of the Galaxy smartphone series. But Galaxy S4 has found a rival even before it has seen the light of day.

Faizan Nizami

We’re a day away from the big unveiling. Samsung is raring to take on the smartphone world with the next iteration of its best-selling smartphone series — the Samsung Galaxy S4. If history is anything to go by it is evident in the abundant success of the Galaxy smartphone series. But Galaxy S4 has found a rival even before it has seen the light of day.

Sony has launched its Xperia Z and will 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 devices of course. But with the Galaxy S4 waiting in the docks, users now have a choice, as they did a year ago (remember Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, anyone?).

Those looking for alternatives for their very own high-end smartphone have nothing to lose. For users, it’s a win-win situation since both phones are ahead of the curve when it comes down to specs, looks and those nifty features.

Here is how the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z stack up against each other.


Before delving headlong into vast details both phones comprise, let’s give you a taste of the specs, both confirmed (Xperia Z) and rumoured(Galaxy S4). GS4’s specs, though unconfirmed, have a lot of potential. Xperia Z has what it takes to take on most high-end devices retailing in the market. Here’s a breakdown of both handsets:

Samsung Galaxy S4 (rumoured)

Processor: 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core Processor/Exynos 5 Octa Processor
Display: 4.99-inch Full-HD 1080p SoLux Display; (1920 x 1080 with 480ppi)
Camera: 13 MP rear, 2.1 MP front
Storage: 16GB internal, expandable to 64GB with microSD card
Battery: 2,600 mAh (Removable)

Sony Xperia Z

Processor: 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
Display: 5-inch Reality Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
Camera: 13.1 MP rear, 2.2 MP front
Storage: 16GB internal, microSD slot
Battery: 2,330 mAh battery (Non-Removable)

What is noticeable here is both handsets run on quad-core processors. And what’s more is that the Xperia Z works with the Snapdragon S4 Pro and the Galaxy S4 can very well use either the Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa or both, pulling it heavily ahead of its Sony counterpart, well all thanks to the new chips.

Next up is the battery. Sony Xperia Z has a non-removable battery while the Galaxy S4 is expected to have a removable one. While more and more phones are shifting towards a non-removable battery culture, it doesn’t seem advantageous if one needs an extended battery support, or if the battery needs replacing should problems arise.

Those with the S4 in mind have an option to use extended battery usage while those going with the Xperia Z have to be sure they’re satisfied with non-removable battery option

Storage is one place where the S4 might outshine its worthy opponent. While the Xperia Z features 16GB with microSD card support, the S4 is quite likely to go with 16–64 GB storage options. Obviously, users who deal in heavy data storage will be looking out for the S4

It is confirmed that there is no built-in charging in the Xperia Z, and it further lacks a removable back slide, meaning that you can let go of the idea of it using a wireless charging kit. In short, that’s a double bummer. If rumours are anything to go by, Samsung is said to announce a wireless charging kit for its new flagship phone. Say goodbye to wires if Samsung springs the wireless charging kit on us!

However, according to reports Sony’s new device is selling well all over. This is an indication that the handset has been well received and will continue to garner more admirers and attract new customers who are on the lookout for a good high-end smartphone.

When you think of the Xperia Z it’s the rugged features that come to mind. Its dust and water resistant and, according to the company, the device can sustain depths of one meter below water without sustaining any kind of damage! That is something the Galaxy S4 cannot boast about. Not to mention the fact the Xperia Z looks sharp and attractive when compared to other Xperia devices out there.


Sony has provided Xperia Z a quality display. The handset has been dressed in a large 5-inch full HD 1080p display with an extremely high ppi count at 440. Now that means movies and videos will look grand. Don’t forget that the internet browsing will feel more alive. The 440 ppi also means that high-quality content will look and work more smooth and pleasing.

Now, Sony has given its flagship the Bravia 2 engine. Expect finer details, especially under high contrast conditions, and a better viewing experience. The screen will adjust accordingly under low or heavy lighting, darkening the darker parts to give way to better-quality detail. Watching videos with low quality will also improve, reducing the noise to get finer detail.

On the Samsung Galaxy S4, a 4.99-inch 1080p display is expected with high pixel-per-inch count (480). But that’s not all; rumour mills are suggesting that the Galaxy S4 can have touch-less gestures. You can use the display without having to touch it, much like how the S Pen works on the Galaxy Note 2. Interestingly, Sony Xperia Sola had similar technology on it.

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