The Xperia Z1 Vs. The Samsung Galaxy S4

Xperia Z1 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

In this review, we look at Sony’s latest Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1 and compare it with one of the most popular devices out there, the Samsung Galaxy S4.


  • The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 4.99-inch display that uses AMOLED technology.
  • AMOLED is still the go-to technology for most devices and while the color hues can seem muted, the Galaxy S4 screen is good.
  • The resolution of the Galaxy S4’s display is 1920 x 1080.
  • The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch display. Sony has used their Truliminous technology with the X-Reality engine in the Xperia Z1 to really improve the display.
  • The resolution of the Xperia Z1’s screen is 1920 x 1080.

Processor & GPU

  • The Sony Xperia Z1 uses a Snapdragon 800 processing package clocked at 2.2 GHz.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses a Snapdragon 600 pro processing package.
  • Both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 use an Adreno GPU, but the Xperia Z1 uses the Adreno 330 while the Galaxy S4 uses the Adreno 320.



  • The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a removable 2,600 mAh battery.
  • While it’s nice that Samsung still allows you to carry and use spare batteries, it doesn’t really solve the power demands of the TouchWiz UI used in the S4.
  • The Sony Xperia Z1 has a non-removable 3,000mAh battery.
  • The reason for the battery being sealed in is because the Xperia Z1 is a waterproof device.
  • Sony’s devices usually have a good battery life so the Xperia Z1 should follow suit.


  • The Sony Xperia Z1 comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage.
  • The Xperia Z1 has a microSD card slot so you can expand your storage.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S4 has several storage options for different prices, the biggest is 64 GB.
  • The Galaxy S4 also has microSD.


  • The Samsung Galaxy S4’s 13MP rear camera is nice.
  • The camera app of the Galaxy S4 has a lot of photo editing software that you can use to make your photos look good.
  • The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 20.7MP camera with an Exmor RS Sensor.
  • The Xperia Z1 has what is possibly the best camera found on a smartphone right now.



  • Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z1 use Android Jelly Bean.
  • The Galaxy S4 uses the TouchWiz interface.
  • While the TouchWiz interface offers a lot of different applications that can be useful, it’s also filled with a lot of applications that are not so useful. This can be draining on the battery life.


A Hands-on comparison

  • The Xperia Z1 has got the best camera and Sony’s camera software is excellent.
  • The Snapdragon 800 ensures that the phone functions quickly and smoothly.
  • The fact that the Xperia Z1 offers expandable storage is also a big draw.
  • Sony’s display’s, in general, tend to be some of the best, but the Super AMOLED used in the G4 is not bad.
  • The removable battery of the Galaxy S4 comes in handy, but, a truly water-resistant phone – such as the Xperia Z1 – might be handier.
  • TouchWiz is a bulky and confusing UI. Sony’s UI is simple and clean and easier to use.
  • Samsung devices are easier to locate then Sony devices. There is still no real word on when the Xperia Z1 will be available while, on the other hand, the Galaxy S4 is already easily available for purchase.

There you have it, a look at the Xperia Z1 and the Galaxy S4.  Which of these devices do you think would serve you best?


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  1. Tibor October 4, 2015 Reply