Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. Sony Xperia Z – Which one’s smarter?

by Jerry D on March 15, 2013

There are questions we should ask when comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z. Questions like… Does the 5.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S4, outdo the Xperia Z’s 5.0-inch display? Does its eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor give it more power? Will the Xperia Z’s 13.0MP camera take better photos? Compare the two phones for yourself in the table that follows.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 VS Sony Xperia Z
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 5.0-inch Reality
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 2.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm
Weight 130g 146g
Talktime TBC 14.0 hours
Standby TBC 530 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA,Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and its water resistant

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Connectivity

The Galaxy S4 is well-specced and includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR connectivity. It can also accelerate to 4G speeds. The Xperia Z, meanwhile, boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G networking is also supported.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Size/Weight

How pocket-friendly are our two phones? The Galaxy S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, while the Xperia Z is 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm in comparison. The Xperia Z is the bigger phone. As for weight, the Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 130g, while the Xperia Z is 146g. The Galaxy S4 takes an early lead.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Camera/Video

Samsung has opted for a 13.0 Megapixel camera in its phone, which boasts autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. It supports a max resolution of 4208 x 3120 pixels. There’s also a front-facing 2.0MP camera for video calls.

The Xperia Z also sports a 13.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. Another 2.2 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Display

The display on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a 5.0-incher, featuring touch-sensitive Super AMOLED technology and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. By cramming 2073600 pixels into its 5.0-inch screen, the Galaxy S4 has a brilliant pixel density of 440.6 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

As the specs above show, the Xperia Z’s touch-sensitive Reality display is the same size. The 1080 x 1920 pixel screen resolution is also identical. With 2073600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a terrific 440.6 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Processor

As far as performance goes, the Xperia Z uses a quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor, rated at 1.5GHz. The Galaxy S4′s core is a 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chip.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-3)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z

At half-time, the Galaxy S4 leads the Xperia Z and has opened up a promising 2-point lead. The second half is about to start. Can the Xperia Z power back and snatch the win?

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.2.2 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-4)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and so there’s no winner here. Which means… There are three rounds to go and the Galaxy S4 is still in the lead. It looks like the Xperia Z is going to lose this fight.
— The two phones share the points (7-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Storage

The next round is all about storage. The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. The Sony Xperia Z only comes in one version, which packs in 16GB of storage. The Galaxy S4 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 128GB. You can expand the memory of the Xperia Z via the microSD slot. With a 32GB card, the maximum is 48GB.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (8-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the Xperia Z share the points (9-6)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the Xperia Z is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (10-6)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (10-6)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia Z, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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