Samsung v HTC v Sony

Now that we’re all super excited about the brand-spankin’ new Galaxy S 4 from Samsung, how about we go right ahead and compare with two other brand new phones of 2013.. on paper at least, because we all know real-world performance varies greatly. If you’re a specs person, you’ll appreciate this nonetheless.

  Samsung Galaxy S 4
Sony Xperia Z
CPU 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Exynos Processor 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm APQ8064+
GPU PowerVR SGX 544MP Adreno 320 Adreno 320
Display 5-inch 1920×1080 (441ppi) 4.7-inch 1920×1080 (469ppi) Super LCD 3 5-inch 1920×1080 (441ppi) Reality Display
Camera 13MP / 2MP 4MP Rear / 2.1MP Front 13MP Rear / 2.2MP Front
Video Recording 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS
3G DC-HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 MHz DC-HSPA+ 42.2Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz DC-HSPA+ 42.2Mbps 850/900/2100MHz
4G Yes Yes Yes
RAM / Storage 2GB / 16/32/64GB 2GB / 32GB 2GB / 16GB
MicroSD Yes No Yes
Weight 130grams 143grams 146grams
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
Battery 2600mAh 2300mAh 2330mAh
Removable Batt. Yes No No

Pricing and availability for the Galaxy S IV will be available as soon as we get it, so stay tuned.

Which device takes your fancy, and why? Tell us in the comments!

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HTC One is awesome. everyone else can $u#% my d&$%

James Finnigan

As Buzz said, real-world performance is sooooo much more important than looking at specs. Comparing specs these days is kind of like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.


For my is the Xperia Z the best. Water-dust proof and nice design… back and front made of dragontrial glass, back corning gorilla glass…
Update to Android 4.2 soon in April….5 inch to watch movies…. I go to buy to morrow… thanks for the reviews….

Shaun Brown

I have been Galaxy since original but cant help feeling its a GS3S and not a 4. I like look of Z but dont want outdated chip. Do we know what OZ S4 is definitely getting.


Xperia Z is water resistent… Bloom and not made of carp cheap material

Andrew Yuen

pretty sure the htc one has a 64gb varient as well, unless the htc aus site is incorrect

Stephen Crisafulli

I think 2 nexus 4’s might be better. Don’t need LTE in WA. DCHSDPA is fine

geoff fieldew

Xperia ZL for me.


Im leaning towards the Z but its just that its last years hardware (except the screen)

So its in the back of my mind that the One will the be one to go for (but although sense has improved I told myself never again)

Im really not too much of a fan of the S4 since I had the s3 for a short while. Doesnt make me jump out my seat in excitement.


Isn’t the GS4 the only one with 80211ac wifi, too? I’ll take the plastic phone with the better features, thanks!

Graham Bae

The HTC One has AC too.


Ah, one redeeming feature for the One, then. Wonder why Buzz left that out? I (To be fair, it is some time since there was something new in wifi)


buying a phone for wifi speeds?

What could you possibly do on a phone that would make ac needed? I know its a nice feature and all but im just curious why you think its so essential.


Streaming HD video? 64GB is a decent chunk of storage space. It’s one factor, not something I would base a decision on itself.

Graham Bae

Nice future proofing. Streaming 4K video in the future would be lovely.

Amir Hamza

Of course the glossy glass durable xperia z and not the cheap plastic samsung GS 4


Agree with xperia Z design s4 hardware. The xperia z fullfills most of what i want. I would imagine the developer community would better support the s4 tho. But the z falls short in terms of useable battery life imo. Screen on time is very important as use my phone more then i carry it. Samsung have a good track record in this area. Simple things like watching a video is far longer lasting on my s3. Tho web browsing is the short fall of an amoled screen. Once i see some real world battery tests of the s4 ill… Read more »

Morgan Archer

The HO(Wow, need better acronym) is my choice


Personally, Sony Experia design with GS4 hardware would rock. Not really feeling the need to upgrade to any of the handsets to be honest. If I had to pick one it would be the GS4 though