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

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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.

Display
Size
5.0 inches
5.2 inches
5.0 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
TFT
Screen-to-body
71.91 %
76.28 %
64.52 %
Peak brightness
 
450 cd/m2 (nit)
 
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor
Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
GPU
Adreno 320
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage
64GB
32GB
16GB
OS
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Battery
Capacity
2600 mAh
3000 mAh
3000 mAh
Talk time
 
34.30 hours
the average is 8 h (480 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 8 h (480 min)
Stand-by time
 
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 14 days (336 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 14 days (336 h)
Talk time (3G)
17.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Stand-by time (4G)
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Music playback
62.00 hours
 
110.00 hours
Video playback
11.00 hours
 
5.50 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.14 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Recording format
 
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264
Features
EIS
OIS
HDR, Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS
Front
2 MP
2.1 MP
2 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Design
Dimensions
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)
5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)
Weight
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
6.00 oz (170.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
Materials
Back: Plastic
 
 
Resistance
 
 
Water, Dust; IP58
Features
Notification light
Notification light
 
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