PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs S4


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity


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PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs Galaxy S4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z
Galaxy S4

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z
Galaxy S4

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia Z
1,336 ms
Galaxy S4
804 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z
Galaxy S4

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
15 fps
Galaxy S4
17.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
38.2 fps
Galaxy S4
41.3 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Z

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z

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Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Longer standby time (3G) 31,824 min vs 22,176 min Around 45% longer standby time (3G)
Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy S4

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Faster javascript execution 804 ms vs 1,336 ms Around 40% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Slightly faster graphics 17.2 fps vs 15 fps Around 15% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Takes much higher quality photos 79 vs 62 More than 25% better DxOMark photo quality score
Takes much higher quality video 68 vs 61 More than 10% better DxOMark video quality score
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 130 g vs 146 g More than 10% lighter
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,330 mA·h More than 10% more battery capacity

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs Galaxy S4 

The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.
Galaxy S4

Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

Sony itself claims you'll get up to 11 hours of talk time and 550 hours of standby time.
Xperia Z


8.4 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z  vs
Galaxy S4 
Size 5" 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 440 ppi


Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.9 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 13 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 13 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 840 min 1,020 min
Standby time (3G) 31,824 min 22,176 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 2,600 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
Galaxy S4 
Weight 146 g 130 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.9 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


Operating system Android 5.1 Android 5.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Sony Xperia Z
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Showing 3 comments.
Thanks for getting back to me.
Thanks ej :) Hmmm Amazon reviews look a bit wonky due to limited sample size, looking into it
This is a sweet set up. Need to have the all around top phone that won the most too. Whats up w amazon the low reviews lol.
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