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:

Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9

Display

Display size

5.2 inches
5.1 inches
5.0 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

424 ppi
577 ppi
441 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3

Screen-to-body ratio

70.88 %
70.48 %
68.52 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20.7 megapixels
16 megapixels
20 megapixels

Hardware Features

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

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
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

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.264

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling

Front

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
4 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.83 x 0.27 inches (146.3 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm)
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)

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
 
Splash; IP X3

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (touch)
 

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys, Notification light
Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 430
Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 430

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop)
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

Battery

Capacity

2930 mAh
2550 mAh
2840 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Yes
Yes

Talk time

17.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1205 min)
 
25.40 hours
the average is 20 h (1205 min)

Stand-by time

24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)
 
16.3 days (391 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
21.70 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
16.8 days (402 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Internet use

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

Music playback

91.00 hours
57.00 hours
 

Video playback

9.70 hours
13.00 hours
 


Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The S6 won't have competition this year. Z4 and M9 are like Z3 and M8 + SD810. Sony is becoming lazy. it's Z3 with insignificant incremental upgrades.

3. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

No, sony not becoming lazy unlike the USA, market situation in japan is very fast. smartphone only have 6-9 month sales period. If they don't introduce new phone (Z4), the sales will dive.

4. josephnero

Posts: 781; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

How so?It's better than S6 already.and battery life will destroy S6 plus water proof and better screen to body ratio.open your eyes.Sammy fans are exactly like isheeps these days

7. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Better screen, camera, wireless charging, fingerprint scanner, faster updates, MUCH better processor. And before you brag about the waterproofing on Sony phones, maybe you wanna do a little search of the thousands of cases found on XDA of the Xperias dying after getting used under water. It's like when you guys kept bragging about the 20.7MP camera, which ended up producing the worst poctures out of a 2014 flagship(along with the 4mp m8)

10. gaming64 unregistered

Who cares about the faster processor if the phone doesnt even lag? Who cares about better screen and camera when the quality is on par? Call the Z4 all you want but you will never change the fact that the Z4 is almost as good as the s6. Oh Wait? It's much better than your samsheez

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

let me guess, the M9 also blows the S6 out of the water in terms of battery life, camera quality and fast Ui to?

22. gaming64 unregistered

The m9 would be better if it werent for quallcom. too bad the Z4 also runs it. lets hope the z4 wont be crap

29. suavemezie

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

...will destroy, you said? till then, having a bigger battery doesn't mean staying longer.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So 0.4% difference made u think z4 has better screen to body ratio

2. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

There's still IFA left. If sony didnt unveil a new flagship there, tata sony

5. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Interesting how people hate sony for big bezels but screen to body ratio is little better comparing to s6...

6. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe because there are no on screen buttons that take space from the 5.2" screen. On the Z3, 90% of the time you ll get 0.2" lost due to on screen buttons, where as you ll get a true 5.1" screen on the S6 with a physical home button doubled as a fingerprint scanner. Comparing Z3's screen to body ration with another phone that has on screen buttons is another story.

15. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I agree, I have changed Sony Z1 for Samsung Galaxy Alpha only for that reason. I like off screen buttons. But I was surprised when I saw it has better screen to body ratio. I would never tell that by just looking at those two phones.

23. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the Alpha? you should have gone to the Z3 Compact... I actually do not mind the on-screen buttons there are only around 2 out of >100 apps that I have installed that do not take advantage of the Immersive Mode and shoud... so most of the time, while watching photos, videos, games... the buttons disappear and my screen is 4.6". Anyway how is the Alpha doing for you? I've never seen it in person but I recommended to a couple of people (though they got something different... iP5s and Z1C instead)

26. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The moment it got released in my country i went and got it in gold as a gift for my mom, and almost 5 weeks ago my friend got the silver one. The battery life on it is very good, standby time is great, blazing fast, feels great in the hand, the screen is sharp but would've been better to go with 1080 instead of 720, camera is a good performer outdoors, not so much while indoors or at low light situations. Overall, it is a great phone for it's price, i wouldn't ask more from a $335 smartphone.

27. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I had big dilemma between those two. Only reason I went for Alpha are those off screen buttons. I used iphones for long time and I just need to have that physical home button. I have that Alpha since it came out, overall I am pleased with it but maybe i should go with S5, this one is too small for my hands.

8. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

^bigger camera sensor+waterproof+stereo speakers unlike samdung

9. gaming64 unregistered

I give the Z4 here my trophy! It has the perfect specs for a phone. Not too beastly and not too inferior.

11. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The funny thing is, Z4 managed to fit in much bigger battery compared to s6 with only 0.1mm difference

16. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

yeah because the Z4 also has OIS hey?

18. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What does ois has something to do with battery?

19. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

maybe you should read what you said carefully 1st and ill answer?

21. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Did i mentioned anything about z4 camera on my initial comment?

25. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It doesn't, but the Z4 (just as the previous Z devices) has a flush camera within the body, no ugly lens sticking out of the back, it can lay flush on a surface and the DIS on Sony Xperia has proven to be at least ON PAR with OIS from the competition according to reviewers... I personally tested my Z3C against a Nexus 5 and the stabilization on my Sony was much better thant the one on the Nexus even with OIS

35. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Because the S6 is waterproof, has front facing speakers and a non-protruding camera.

12. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

ip certigication, smooth ui, micro sd, better audio quality, better battery life, better design, dual edge screen doesn't make s6 beautifull, ugly s6+dual edge screen = still ugly. even if they add quad edge screen, it still ugly, average battery life, no micro sd, laggy tw

31. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

S6 clear winner here. UFS 2.0 storage, Exynos 7420 processor, DDR4 Ram, smooth UI, better Screen, 1.9f camera and of course great design unlike z4 being same as z3.

14. azene unregistered

if z4 got a new design , 5 stars everything right now is great except dat omnibalance :/

17. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Looking good, battery life and sd card is what I care for. But I also would like to know how will the compact be like

20. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

It's can't comparison to S6 S6 Smoke Z4 for really fast. beside i'm not the Samsung fanboy.

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