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Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 specs comparison: 5" cage match

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 specs comparison: 5
With the introduction of the Xperia Z1 today, Sony is taking on the whole wide Android world, sizing the flagships up and even beating in many aspects their specs sheet, as you can see in the table below.

We are comparing the 5" flagships, though the G2 has a slightly larger display, and the HTC One deserves to be here as well, despite its 4.7" screen size. Moreso since the One sports a premium chassis, similar to the glass/metal shell of the Xperia Z1, unlike the plastic S4 or G2. 

Full HD is the name of the game with all three displays, but the technologies couldn't be more different. The LG G2 sports an excellent IPS-LCD of new generation, while Samsung strikes with saturated Super AMOLED display, and Sony responds with its new Triluminous display technology - a good comparison of this excellent trio you can find in our fresh screen battle.

The Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2 are new handsets, and understandably one-up the Galaxy S4 in the processor department, sporting the newest Snapdragon 800 chipset, versus Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa for Samsung's finest. Needless to say, that's plenty of processing power that is reflected in the record-high Snapdragon 800 benchmarks.

When it comes to memory, the Three Stooges all sport 2 GB of RAM for enhanced multitasking and loading times, but when it comes to the internal storage amount the situation shifts. We get 16 GB with both the Z1 and S4, and 32 GB with the G2, but that last one doesn't sport a microSD slot for expansion. In the battery department the Z1 and G2 prevail with a sealed 3000 mAh juicer, but Sony's phone has a perfectly valid reason for its unibody design, coming with IP58 waterproof certification - a significant advantage before the other two, and even more when you consider it is thinner than the G2. The Galaxy S4 is the thinnest one and has a removable battery cover to compensate in the build department somewhat.

Things get most interesting when it comes to the camera, as the Xperia Z1 is very snapper-centric, with 20 MP sensor and G Lens optics, against the 13 MP sensors of the S4 and G2. Samsung's and LG's brain kids, however, have proven already that they have probably the best cameras of all thin Android phones, whereas Sony has to still convince us in the viability of so many pixels stuffed into a sensor that is sized similar to the other two. Apart from that, it seems that we have a new king on the Android block with the Xperia Z1, at least on paper, what do you think?

Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 specs comparison: 5" cage match

DESIGN
DeviceSony Xperia Z1Samsung Galaxy S4LG G2
OSAndroid (4.2.2)Android (4.2.2)Android (4.2.2)
Dimensions5.67 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144 x 74 x 8.5 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Body material Glass/MetalPolycarbonate Polycarbonate
Side Keys Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key, Camera keyLeft: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key n/a
RuggedWater (Water), Dust proof  
IP certifiedIP 58  
ColorsBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, WhiteBlack, White
DISPLAY
Physical size5.0 inches5.0 inches5.2 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
441 ppi441 ppi423 ppi
Technology
TFTSuper AMOLEDIPS LCD
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  350 cd/m2 (nit)450 cd/m2 (nit)
BATTERY
Talk time13.83 hours
the average is 11 h (650 min)
  
Stand-by time36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 18 days (444 h)
  
Talk time (3G)15.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G) 31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 13 days (300 h)
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 13 days (300 h)
 
Music playback110.00 hours  
Video playback6.66 hours  
Capacity3000 mAh2600 mAh3000 mAh
Type Li - PolymerLi - IonLi - Polymer
Not user replaceable Yes Yes
Wireless charging Optional 
HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T or Exynos 5 OctaQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor
Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 320Adreno 330
System memory
2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB32 GB
Maximum User Storage  24 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB 
CAMERA
Camera20.7 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.0 f/2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent)27mm  
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer, Voice activationBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer, Voice activation
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/3.06" 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video callingOptical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video callingOptical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)


TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz
DataLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE-A, LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Micro SIM Yes YesYes
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth4.04.04.0
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
  MIMO
Mobile hotspotYesYesYes
Wi-Fi DirectYesYesYes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB Host, USB chargingMass storage device, USB Host, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
HDMI via microUSBvia microUSB
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherNFC, DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, InfraredNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, Infrared

AVAILABILITY
Officially announced 04 Sep 201314 Mar 201307 Aug 2013
Scheduled release
September 2013 Q3 2013

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:38 5

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Z1 has dual led flash with Xenon???
I didn't see such a thing!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:39

2. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


I was thinking the same when I saw it.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:41 1

4. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That's just our wacky PhoneArena!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:54

11. noler (Posts: 186; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


LOL...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:35 1

27. buccob (Posts: 1541; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Also the Z1 is MHL compatible, has WiFi Miracast and USB Host

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:40

3. mss1988 (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Battery capacity and low light camera performance decide which device is the king!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:42 3

5. ANANDALTER (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Stupid Nokia and curse you MS, switching to Sony!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:10 5

18. akki20892 (Posts: 3617; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Stupid is elop,

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:41 1

21. kanagadeepan (Posts: 710; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


NO, Nokia is stupid to believe the trojanHorse Elop...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:45 2

6. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


TFuc****T LCD??

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:53 5

10. SonyPS4 (Posts: 258; Member since: 21 May 2013)


TFT LCD with Trilumunios display

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:50

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


so now i'm not seeing a comparison between the Z1 n the NOKIA 1020. something very wrong with PA HERE.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:27

26. buccob (Posts: 1541; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


No one has a Nokia 1020 in IFA to compare with... you will have to wait

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:50 3

8. xtian1103 (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


shut up and take my christmas bonus!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:50 3

9. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Failed

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:57 3

16. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Do you know any other words??

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:55 1

12. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Of these, the LG seems the most appealing. But none of them run Windows Phone, so they're never going in my pocket.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:49 1

23. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Oh please, this is an article about smartphone not your stupid WP.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:55 4

13. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


sony z1 kill note 3 before it even launch.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:01

24. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


This is not phone to compete note 3. Sure Z1 surely does look good on the paper but in reality it might suck, we won´t know until some reviews show up, you can´t judge a phone on what is written on the paper.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:56 4

14. piyath (Posts: 152; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


fail sony fail

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:57 3

15. nomancool (unregistered)


the bezels could be thinner

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:02 1

17. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


Funny how people are having trouble to find anything bad to say about the new xperia z1. They are resort to just saying "Fail" without any justification... :S

Also, having a big bezel is a bad thing, not when it has a larger camera sensor, bigger battery and water-proofing in the phone.

Grow up people

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:33 1

20. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's a bigger brick than the Lumia 920 and the viewing angles still suck according to the verge.

Plenty of deal breakers to go around. I don't think the aluminum frame works with the omnibalance design either. The dark glass on the Xperia Z frame looks much sleeker.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:41

22. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


Mate, lumia 920's screens not even 5' inch.

Design is objective. Just like me saying the hump on the 920 is ugly. You might like it though, i dont know! :P

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:20 1

19. imnotascammer (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Looks like Sony is now really ready for war. Good job and good luck Sony! :)

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:17 1

25. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


I'm getting this phone

I don't card what "haters" say about the weight bezel and design

Girls carry around tablets and bulky old phones all day without whining about the weight like haters here!!

Mostly ...The more the weight the better the quality

Exp iPhone 4 vs iPhone 5
Lumia vs galaxy
Aluminum glass vs plastic

Best phone of the year IMO.... leaving Nokia going to Sony

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:11 1

28. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the G2 uses a silicon ion battery. not lithium...

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 16:08

29. ronzalpha (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


The Xperia Z1 actually has MHL technology for HDMI adaption via micro USB - you can check GSM arena and several other sites to confirm the specs on that.

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