Minipute compares – Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

s4xperiazSony and Samsung are just two of the brands working in this product space that’s already rife with competition. In this battle, we’ll see the new Sony Xperia Z going toe-to-toe with the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 to see how they stack up.

For raw horsepower, the Sony Xperia Z has a Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 SoC (system on a chip) CPU clocking in at 1.5GHz to power through your apps and its rival more than ably gets by on a 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor. The Sony unit comes with a good-sized 5.0-inch panel using TFT capacitive touchscreen technology with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels pixels. Meanwhile its rival gets a 1080 x 1920 pixels pixel panel sized up to 5.0 inches made from Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology. Graphics performance is important everywhere these days and here, the Sony Xperia Z gets a Adreno 320 core to deliver gaming speed. By comparison, the Galaxy S4 features a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 graphics subsystem along side its CPU. Memory is important for any device and here, both models receives a 2 GB cache.

Storage isn’t lacking here with good options available. The Sony Xperia Z comes with 16 GB of built-in flash memory and the Galaxy has 16/32/64 GB of on-board flash to get you started. But if you need more than the internally supplied storage, the Sony Xperia Z offers microSD, up to 64 GB. The Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 also has microSD, up to 64 GB to deliver extra external storage space. The operating system powering the Galaxy S4 is Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). On the Sony Xperia Z, it’s Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to 4.2 delivering all of the system extras.

Battery capacity is generally growing in all devices and here, the Samsung comes with a big 2600mAh Li-Ion battery inside while the Sony unit has a 2330mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable) to keep it powered up.

Connectivity is important to both of these devices and starting with the Sony Xperia Z, it features 802.11 a/b/g/n-standard Wi-Fi. Its competitor has Wi-Fi covered also through its 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support baked into the device. For personal wireless peripherals, the Galaxy S4 will keep you connected through Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP but the Sony Xperia Z has Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP as well. You get good network coverage from both devices with the Samsung model featuring 2G support over the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands and 3G coverage via 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; as for the Sony Xperia Z, it provides 3G coverage over 850 / 900 / 2100MHz while it uses the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz ranges to deliver 2G connectivity.

No device is complete without photography and video capture options. Here, the Xperia Z delivers a 13.1 MP (4128×3096 pixels) with autofocus type image sensor on the back with a more basic 2.2 MP unit on the front. To compete, the Galaxy S4 has a front-facing 2 MP but its main capture option on the back is also a 13 MP (4128×3096 pixels) with autofocus image sensor. Those image devices are capable of delivering up to 1080p@30fps on both the Samsung model and the Xperia Z.

And finally, as for size and weight, the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 tips the scales at 130 grams and measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm. By contrast, the Sony Xperia Z weighs in at 146 grams but measures up at 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm. The Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 was announced in March 2013 while the Sony Xperia Z first appeared in January 2013.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.


ModelSamsung I9500 Galaxy S4Sony Xperia Z
ProcessorExynos 5 Octa 5410Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064
ClockUp to 1.6GHzUp to 1.5GHz
GPU typePowerVR SGX 544MP3Adreno 320
Screen size (inches)5.05.0
Screen resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen typeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreenTFT capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to 4.2
Internal storage16/32/64 GB16 GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 64 GBmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Battery type2600mAh Li-Ion2330mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable)
- standby timeUp to 370 hoursUp to 550 hours
- talk timeUp to 17 hoursUp to 11 hours
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 900 / 2100
Rear camera13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus13.1 MP (4128×3096 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera2 MP2.2 MP
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fpsUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
Weight130 grams146 grams
Announce DateMarch 2013January 2013

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