With the introduction of the Xperia Z1, Sony is taking on the whole wide Android world, sizing the flagships up and even beating in many aspects their specs sheet, as you can see in the table below.
We are comparing the 5″ flagships, though the G2 has a slightly larger display, and the HTC One deserves to be here as well, despite its 4.7″ screen size. Moreover since the One sports a premium chassis, similar to the glass/metal shell of the Xperia Z1, unlike the plastic S4 or G2.
Full HD is the name of the game with all three displays, but the technologies couldn’t be more different. The LG G2 sports an excellent IPS-LCD of new generation, while Samsung strikes with saturated Super AMOLED display, and Sony responds with its new Triluminous display technology – a good comparison of this excellent trio you can find in our fresh screen battle.
The Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2 are new handsets, and understandably one-up the Galaxy S4 in the processor department, sporting the newest Snapdragon 800 chipset, versus Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa for Samsung’s finest. Needless to say, that’s plenty of processing power that is reflected in the record-high Snapdragon 800 benchmarks.
When it comes to memory, all the beasts sport 2 GB of RAM for enhanced multitasking and loading times, but when it comes to the internal storage amount the situation shifts. We get 16 GB with both the Z1 and S4, and 32 GB with the G2, but that last one doesn’t sport a microSD slot for expansion. In the battery department the Z1 and G2 prevail with a sealed 3000 mAh juicer, but Sony’s phone has a perfectly valid reason for its unibody design, coming with IP58 waterproof certification – a significant advantage before the other two, and even more when you consider it is thinner than the G2. The Galaxy S4 is the thinnest one and has a removable battery cover to compensate in the build department somewhat.
Things get most interesting when it comes to the camera, as the Xperia Z1 is very snapper-centric, with 20 MP sensor and G Lens optics, against the 13 MP sensors of the S4 and G2. Samsung’s and LG’s brain kids, however, have proven already that they have probably the best cameras of all thin Android phones, whereas Sony has to still convince us in the viability of so many pixels stuffed into a sensor that is sized similar to the other two. Apart from that, it seems that we have a new king on the Android block with the Xperia Z1, at least on paper, what do you think?