Who would win a fight between the Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One X+? We could give one a London double decker bus, the other a big articulated truck, and let them drive headlong at each other in the ultimate game of chicken. Or we could let the specs decide over 10 tech rounds? We’ll do the latter…
Round #1 – Connectivity
The wireless talents of the tasty Xperia Z include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also includes 4G connectivity where available. HTC, meanwhile, has packed its phone with tech that includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. You also get 4G as standard.
Score: +1 to both phones (1-1)
Round #2 – Size & Weight
Let’s start with size and weight. The Xperia Z is the thinner of the two phones, measuring 7.9mm to the One X+’s 8.9mm. The Xperia Z weighs 146g, whereas the One X+ is 11 lighter and weighs 135g. The HTC handset sneaks into an early lead.
Score: +1 to One X+ (1-2)
Round #3 – Cameras
The Xperia Z’s 13.0 MP camera includes autofocus, an LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. For video chit-chat, you’ll find a second 2.2MP camera on the front.
The One X+’s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR and 1080p video recording) is no match for the Xperia Z’s. Another 1.6 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
Score: +1 to Xperia Z (2-2)
Round #4 – Screen/keyboard
As for screen size, the Sony Xperia Z features a 5.0-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Reality display. There are an incredible 2073600 pixels overall, which translates to a stupendous 440.6 pixels per inch.
In contrast, the 4.7-inch touch-sensitive Super LCD2 display on HTC’s phone is smaller. Its 720 x 1280 pixel resolution loses out to the Xperia Z’s display. But with 921600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is still a strong 312.553 pixels per inch.
Score: +1 to Xperia Z (3-2)
Round #5 – Processor
Pitting the processors against each other, the Sony Xperia Z is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor, clocked at 1.5GHz. Benchmarks show it whipping the silicon ass of the 1.7GHz quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip inside the HTC One X+.
Score: +1 to Xperia Z (4-2)
Round #6 – Software
As for the operating systems, the Xperia Z runs Android 4.1.2, while the One X+ uses Android 4.1.1. Ignore this round. It’s a tie.
Score: +1 to both phones (5-3)
Round #7 – Applications
What about a comparison of the two app stores? In this case, both phones have access to over 675000 apps on Google Play, so this round is also a tie.
Score: +1 to both phones (6-4)
Round #8 – Storage
This next round is just as important. The Sony Xperia Z incorporates 16GB of built-in storage. The competing One X+ comes in different versions, cramming in either 32 or 64GB-worth of storage. As you can see, the One X+ provides more space out of the box with 64GB. The Xperia Z can fight back with its microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 48GB. Unlike its rival, the One X+ is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 32 or 64GB.
Score: +1 to One X+ (6-5)
Round #9 – Battery life
Measuring the staying power of phones is difficult. But Sony claims 14.0 hours of talktime for the Xperia Z, compared to 12.75 hours for the One X+. Standby times are 530 hours and 360 hours respectively. That’s a small win for the Xperia Z in this round.
Score: +1 to Xperia Z (7-5)
Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.
Round #10 – Extras
The Xperia Z also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the One X+ features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, a TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Beats audio.
Score: +1 to both phones (8-6)
BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins!
These are both great phones, but the Sony Xperia Z wins this fight thanks to a superior display, a zippier processor and solid battery life.
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