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Sony Xperia Z1S vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z1S vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: specs comparison

Months after it made the Xperia Z1 available unlocked for $649 stateside, Sony has finally inked a deal with a US carrier that will see the flagship receive some subsidy love. The (un)carrier of choice: T-Mobile. Exclusively.

The new handset, dubbed the Z1S, is a near-exact replica of the original Z1, though not entirely. We're talking quite the miniscule changes, of course, but they are there. For starters, the 3.5mm audio jack, previously found on the top left side, is now just slightly off center. Moreover, the front camera's placement has been reversed (right to left) and the microSD and microUSB slots have exchanged places, while the all-glass rear has seen the addition of the T-Mobile logo. The rest of the Z1S remains as formidable as on launch-date, though we're a little worried that Sony may have missed the prime opportunity in the US, as new flagship devices are not too far off. In any case, Sony still has quite the package with the Z1S, including a crisp, 5-inch, 1080p Triluminos display, a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM and last, but certainly not least, a 20.7-megapixel camera unit with G Lens and an Exmor RS sensor. And all of this – water- and dust-proof. So are these quite enough to launch a serious case of soul-searching for future flagship buyers? Very much so – despite its bulkier outer appearances, the Z1S sure matches the competition hardware for hardware, and it is the finer, more subjective notions that buyers have that will end up tipping the scale in favor of any one of the trio right below.

Note: The specs you are seeing below are for the Sony Xperia Z1, which are completely identical to the new Sony Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile, with the exception of the larger, 32GB of internal storage.

Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)Android (4.4.2, 4.2.2)Android (4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)
Weight6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
Body material  Polycarbonate
RuggedWater, Dust resistant  
IP certifiedIP 58  
Display
Physical size5.0 inches5.2 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

441 ppi423 ppi441 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

TFTIPS LCDSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 450 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera
Camera20.7 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.4F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent)27 mm29 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/3.06"1/3.06"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264  
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video lightOptical image stabilizationDigital image stabilization
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2.1 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 320
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage16 GB32 GB64 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Battery
Talk time13.83 hours
the average is 12 h (690 min)
  
Stand-by time36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 20 days (488 h)
  
Talk time (3G)15.00 hours
the average is 15 h (915 min)
 17.00 hours
the average is 15 h (915 min)
Stand-by time (3G)35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 23 days (542 h)
 15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 23 days (542 h)
Stand-by time (4G)31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 23 days (547 h)
 13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 23 days (547 h)
Music playback110.00 hours 62.00 hours
Video playback5.50 hours 11.00 hours
Capacity3000 mAh3000 mAh2600 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - PolymerLi - Ion
Not user replaceable Yes 
Wireless charging  Optional
Technology
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
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:17

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Beast phone Sony! Jus wonder how the camera is and also wonder if its a bit heavy

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:38 2

9. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG G2!

LONG LASTING BATTERY LIFE
BETTER DISPLAY
IMPRESSIVE CAMERA even Better than Z1 in Low light situation.
simple & Neat Interface.
Better customized UI

A LOT OF GREAT & USEFUL STUFF

GUEST MODE
Q-REMOTE
KNOCK -ON
DUAL HD VIDEO REC.

many more...

i love REAR KEYS

GOOD PRICE...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:15 3

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


And it's also very ugly.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:11

13. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG G2 maybe ugly for you , but NOT for ALL!

G2 Honoree 2014

Won "BEST Innovation DESIGN & ENGINEERING Awards "
by; International CES.

nice try...........

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:17

14. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


CES Innovations Awards are selected annually by a panel of prominent industry designers, engineers and journalists who judge product entries on criteria including user value, aesthetics, innovative design, quality and contributions to quality of life. Sponsored by CEA and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America, the CES Innovations Awards highlight product advancements in technology design and engineering. Since 2004, LG has been honored with 145 CES Innovations Awards.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:19

15. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"
you got pawned!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:18

2. Birds (Posts: 1001; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


All of them are win-wins.... I'd die to have any of the three.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 17:45 1

17. Mr_Awesome (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


If you were dead you couldn't even enjoy the phone

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:23

3. tsspro (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)


I want all three of them

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:28

4. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Title says Z1S & comparison is of Z1 . lol

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:35

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because the Z1S is basically a Z1 for T-Mobile...?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:31

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Just a low end lil brother VERSION of the Z1 and I'm sure its only for T-Mobile

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:02

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Specs are exactly the same. All that was added was a higher price tag and the T-Mobile logo. That's it.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:56

11. Killertech2099 (Posts: 141; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Don't for get 32 gb of memory from the 16 gb that's in the z1

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:23

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Best thing bout sony phones IT'S WATER PROOF. Damn wish they could of make the Z1 a yellow color too.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 08:58

16. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


The S4 is the most enjoyable to use, then LG and SONY should be in a different comparison. Their
Phones are just missing something. I have tried them but couldn't find a reason to keep it.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 22:19

18. E.S.1 (Posts: 291; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


That's funny because I sold my S4 for G2 and will probably never go back to Samsung.

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