Comparison – Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z
Android hardware is truly on the cutting edge these days, so picking one is tough, so we’re comparing two Android flagships that match each other pound for pound on the hardware front and see which one comes out on top – the Samsung Galaxy S4 against the Sony Xperia Z.
First off, we should mention that Sony’s Xperia Z is water and dust resistant, so the phone is able to survive those bathroom and outdoor adventures you might experience. For more protection, the Xperia Z features shatterproof and scratch-resistant glass. The S4 is protected by the brand-new Gorilla Glass 3.
They are both 5-inch devices with very similar dimensions, however with only a little bezel space left, the S4 is just a smidge smaller that the Xperia Z. The Z has a very blocky design, while the S4 is expected to feature the S3/Note 2’s rounded edges.
The smartphones have similar displays too, and we aren’t just talking about the size either, they have the same high-resolution display as well as similar pixel density. So both devices should provide a great visual experience. If that wasn’t enough, Sony threw in their Sony Bravia Engine 2 to improve the Z’s display further.
Internal memory-wise, the S4 features three memory variants – 16, 32, and 64GB. The Xperia Z only comes in 16GB. Both devices feature a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB.
The S4 has one of the most dominant performance hardware on the market right now with a top of the line Octa or eight-core processor, along with 2GB RAM. The Xperia Z has a quad-core processor, with 2GB RAM.
The Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) with an improved TouchWiz UX. With the S4’s UX, you’ll get features like Smart Pause pauses the video you’re watching if it detects that your eyes are away from the screen, while Smart Scroll can scroll a web page if you tilt the device while looking at it.
Samsung also threw in the S Translator, which works with email and ChatON. It can translate all major languages at launch with more languages expected down the road. Meanwhile, the S Health app can measure steps, calories and even the comfort of your surroundings – temperature, humidity, etc. These features require the S Band and Heart Rate monitor accessories.
Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia Z runs on Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean as well) with Sony’s custom skin on top. Other additions to the software include, Sony’s Media applications – Walkman, Album and Videos. Additionally Xperia Z includes, battery stamina mode which increases its standby time up to 4 times.
If there is one smartphone camera we would peg to go head-on with S4’s right now, it is the Xperia Z’s 13-megapixel shooter armed with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor with high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) capable of recording full HD video. The smartphone also comes with a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The S4 also comes equipped with a 13-megapixel camera, and a suite of camera software such as Sound and Shot, which captures 9 second clips with sound, Drama Shot, which captures a burst of photos and combines them into a single image. Meanwhile, Cinema Photo lets you shoot a video and then select which part to be animated, similar to a GIF image.
The S4 also comes with a 2.1-megapixel camera will take care of video chats and a host of new features that involve eye-tracking and hand-tracking.
The S4 comes out of the box with LTE 4G connectivity – however it appears Malaysia’s 2600MHz band is not supported. But the Xperia Z’s LTE receiver support local 4G bands, so if unparalleled Internet speeds are important to you, Sony’s handset will sate that thirst.
Other connectivity options include HSPA, EDGE/GPRS and Bluetooth. To share media, the Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z have DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot and NFC (Near Field Communication) for that.
We are truly torn between the two devices, which are equally impressive, and are Samsung and Sony’s flagship in their own right. Since they are so evenly match, the only real discrepancy we see is Sony’s traditionally impressive cameras as well as its water/dust resistance capabilities, and Samsung’s top of the line performance. So shutterbugs and outdoorsy/ clumsy types might want to opt for the Xperia Z, while those who crave top of the line hardware should go for the S4.