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

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
5.2 inches
5.0 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

441 ppi
423 ppi
441 ppi

Technology

TFT
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

64.52 %
76.28 %
71.91 %

Peak brightness

 
450 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20.7 megapixels
13 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.14 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264
 
 

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization
Optical image stabilization
Digital image stabilization

Front

2 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.69 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)

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

 
 
Back: Plastic

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 58
 
 

Features

 
Notification light
Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 320

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3000 mAh
2600 mAh

Talk time

13.83 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
 

Stand-by time

36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

15.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)
 
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)

Music playback

110.00 hours
 
62.00 hours

Video playback

5.50 hours
 
11.00 hours

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17 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

9. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 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...

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

And it's also very ugly.

13. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 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...........

14. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

15. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

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

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

17. Mr_Awesome

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

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

3. tsspro

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 18, 2010

I want all three of them

4. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Title says Z1S & comparison is of Z1 . lol

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

11. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

16. COZMAN

Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

18. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

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