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Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: specs comparison
Sony's latest and greatest Xperia Z2 flagship has arrived in town, and that means it's time to roll up our sleeves and check out how it stacks against the competition. And what easier way than pitting it against what are likely going to be its two most serious rivals: the LG G2 and Samsung's still current Galaxy S4 (not for long!). Sure, one could argue that a single-pronged approach like that is hardly conclusive, and he'd be right. Which is why in the days to come, you can expect to get more and more information about Sony's newest flagship. Until then, however, a good, old-fashioned specs comparison will have to suffice.

Now, before we even start, it's important to note that the Xperia Z2 has a hand up over the LG G2, and especially the now aging Galaxy S4. It's tag reads brand new, so it's not at all surprising to see it's packing some really bleeding edge hardware. It's got a bigger, 5.1-inch display (1080p), a bigger, 3300mAh battery, and the impressive 3GB of RAM. It's also outfitted with a set of stereo speakers -- and advantage over the Galaxy S4, but not the LG G2.

How does the full picture look like? Check out below.

Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)Android (5.0, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)Android (5.0, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 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)
Weight5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
MaterialsMain body: Glass Main body: Plastic
RuggedWater, Dust resistant  
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP 58  
Physical size5.2 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.

424 ppi423 ppi441 ppi

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.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

69.17 %76.28 %71.91 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 450 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera20.7 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
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.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

 29 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.12 μm1.12 μm1.14 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensorSapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer, Voice activation
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, 3GPP  
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Optical image stabilizationDigital image stabilization
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels2.1 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
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 801 8974-ABQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974

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, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 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.

3 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

16 GB32 GB64 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

3200 mAh3000 mAh2600 mAh
Wireless chargingOptional Optional
Talk time15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1202 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 20 h (1202 min)
Stand-by time28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
Talk time (3G)19.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
Stand-by time (3G)30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
Stand-by time (4G)  13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
Music playback120.00 hours 62.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours 11.00 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkDLNA, Wireless screen share, MirrorLink, SlimPortDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20Bands 18, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:21 3

1. AnukulVcool (unregistered)

Z2 is IPS LCD , please correct the comparison

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:02 1

5. ivanprskalo (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

I don't know who writes this but even I know (saw) that it runs 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box.
Also, it is IPS LCD, and front facer is 2.2 MPx..
Come on Phone Arena...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:26 1

2. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

PA are you sure there's no front-facing camera?http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/02/24/xperia-z2-unveiled5-2-inch-display-20-7mp-camera-2-3ghz-quad-core-and-3200mah-battery/

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:05

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

It has a front facing camera, it's just blank because they haven't gotten any official information.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:43 3

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Why in the world would anyone compare a phone that was released today with a phone that was released almost a year ago(GS4)?? And why would you compare that to the GS4 when the GS5 is coming out tomorrow??

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