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

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


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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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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