PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z1 Compact vs S4


Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, 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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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z1 Compact vs Galaxy S4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Faster web browser 3,191 vs 2,670 Around 20% better BrowserMark score
Better overall performance 2,723 vs 1,856 More than 45% better geekbench score
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 7.5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly higher resolution front camera 20.7 MP vs 13 MP Around 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Significantly longer standby time (3G) 40,200 min vs 22,176 min More than 80% longer standby time (3G)
Faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 341 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.3" More than 15% bigger screen
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9.5 mm More than 15% thinner
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,300 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z1 Compact  vs 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



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8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z1 Compact  vs
Galaxy S4 
Size 4.3" 5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Multitouch N/A Yes
PPI 341 ppi 440 ppi


Clock speed 2.2 GHz 1.9 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 13 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 13 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 1,080 min 1,020 min
Standby time (3G) 40,200 min 22,176 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h 2,600 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z1 Compact  vs
Galaxy S4 
Weight 137 g 130 g
Thickness 9.5 mm 7.9 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 9.5 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
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