Sony Xperia Z4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 specs comparison: a Mexican standoff

Sony is the latest manufacturer that refreshed its upper echelon portfolio, as its Xperia Z4 just popped up and relieved the Xperia Z3 from its flagship duties. True, it's pretty much an incremental refreshment and doesn't bring anything strikingly new to the mix. Instilling a noticeable "deja vu" feel, the Xperia Z4 is the latest embodiment of Sony's time-tested OmniBalance design language paired with respectable hardware.

Still, are the subtle hardware changed in the specs sheet enough to ensure the Sony Xperia Z4 a more prominent spot on the market scene? With rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge, the HTC One M9, Apple's champions, and undoubtedly, the upcoming LG G4, the Xperia Z4 will have a hard time competing with the top dogs. Then again, it's a device that will certainly attract a host of admirers with its slim, metal body, and sleek OmniBalance design.

How does the Xperia Z4 fare against the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, which are already on the market? Well, let's check out right below:

Display

Size

5.1 inches
5.0 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

70.48 %
68.52 %
70.88 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994

Processor

Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 430
Adreno 430

RAM

3GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128GB, not expandable
32GB
32GB

OS

Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), HTC Sense UI
Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop)

Battery

Capacity

2550 mAh
2840 mAh
2930 mAh

Charging

Fast charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

 
25.40 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

 
16.3 days (391 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
21.70 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

 
16.8 days (402 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Internet use

3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
 
 

Music playback

57.00 hours
 
91.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
9.70 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 27.8 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.4"; Pixel size: 1.2 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

 
 
MPEG4, H.264

Features

OIS, HDR, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS, Video calling
HDR, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS, Video calling

Front

5 MP
4 MP
5 MP

Video capture

2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm)
5.76 x 2.83 x 0.27 inches (146.3 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm)

Weight

4.87 oz (138.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.54 oz (157.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.08 oz (144.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal

Resistance

 
Splash; IPX3
Water, Dust; IP68

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 
 

Features

Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light
 
See the full Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 vs Sony Xperia Z3+ specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


Related phones

Galaxy S6

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

8.9
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2550 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
One M9

PhoneArena Score:

8.3

User Score:

9.1
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat HTC Sense UI

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