Monday, February 4, 2013

Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z: A Hypothesis

 Doing an actual Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z article is impossible as the S4 is not currently available and I have really not held the Xperia Z in my hand nor had a live encounter with it just yet. So, what is the point of making an article like this then? Well, there are no other Galaxy S4 news to report and I know that Android fans like me can't wait to get their next fix of news and leaks! Furthermore, this is also a hypothetical model and is based on analyzing the current market so we will try to separate reality from speculations in this article. Let us start by seeing what the Xperia Z has to offer when it comes to hardware.

Galaxy S4 VS Sony Xperia Z

Galaxy S4 VS Sony Xperia Z: The Specs

 This is what we already know about the amazing Sony Xperia Z:
  • 5-inch Reality Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 16GB Storage (microSD Card Slot)
  • 13.1MP rear camera/2.2MP front-facing camera
  • 2,330 mAh battery (Non-Removable)
  • 2GB RAM
  • NFC
 Obviously this phone has quite a nice thing going for it already. The 5-inch screen looks great and it even splash resistant along with the rest of the casing! The default brightness and LUX settings look rather well and it seems that they will not consume to much of your battery as well. The S4 will also have a 5 inch screen (well 4,99" to be exact!) and it will be in full HD so this might be a tough call. 

 Furthermore, the Snapdragon S4 Pro is a great quad-core processor and is quite an industry standard to place into a flagship of this level. The battery is also very impressive, although non-removable and the camera is simply breath-taking!

 Let us look at a photo test that compares the Xperia Z's camera with some other top dogs in the mobile industry:

Galaxy S4 VS Xperia Z CAMERA

 Now, the ISO settings are a bit unfair but they were probably preset for the best possible photo on all three devices. Either way, you can see that the Xperia Z does a very nice job with its 13 MP camera. You can expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 to perform quite well too, since their flagship is also rumored to feature a 13 MP back camera with some awesome features that should be greatly improved compared to what we saw on the S3.

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 In terms of battery life, Samsung is rumored to offer a 2600 mAh which is slightly better, however, the S4 will also have a removable battery and possibly even wireless charging which would certainly be a great feature and a major trump card over the Sony Xperia Z.

 In terms of processor power, the S4 might have another edge over the Xperia Z. This is because they will put the Exynos 5 Octa processor into this device most likely. As we explained already, this doesn't mean that this Octa processor is two times as powerful. In fact, it may not even be much stronger that any other quad-core out there! However, this processor has 4 small units and 4 bigger ones. The smaller ones work on easier task while the 4 bigger A15 chipsets are shut-down. When the user starts streaming HD video, playing 3D games or doing some other complex stuff, the bigger chips take over for the little guys. This should lead to optimum performance while conserving battery and is a great feature of Samsung's new flagship. For more info, consult this article!

Exynos Octa vs Snapdragon S4

 That covers some of the specs. But what about software? Well, it will generally not play such a major role in your decision as far as the official software goes. Both devices will come with the latest available Android OS versions. Sony is loved for its Time Scape UI, but even so a lot of people still love what Samsung does with the TouchWiz. I guess this will just be a matter of personal preference.

The Design

 Maybe we should have started this Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z review/battle/hypothesis with the whole design thing, but it just made very little sense since we don't know how the S4 will really look like. Also, this is a rather subjective thing as well and people's opinion's on the design of the phone are not always the most important factor when they are choosing what to get. I would personally want an uglier phone if it was the most advanced thing available rather than a great-looking one with nothing to offer in terms of hardware and software.

 Anyway,  I will point out that the Xperia Z looks very elegant and that I am a fan of the design. However, I also like how all the Galaxy S models have looked so far as well. Also, I am very anxious to see if the S4 will really be coming with an S-Pen to be honest. If you want to see some speculations about the S4 design, have a look at this post.

 So, that what I can say so far, both are great phones, but I am wondering what their prices will be since this is also a major issue. What do you guys think? Did you enjoy this article? Let me know what you think in the comments bellow!

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