Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: Newest Flagships Head-to-Head

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

Earlier this week, both Samsung and Sony announced their flagship smartphones for the first part of the year at MWC 2014, the Barcelona-based tech fair that closed its gates today. Because the high-end Samsung and Sony handsets will most likely dominated the smartphone market until other phone makers will introduced their 2014 flagships, we though we should put them head-to-head in a Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 battle.

If you were with us for our previous Versus battles, you would probably know that the Galaxy S5 vs Xperia Z2 fight will be divided in 10 rounds, where we will judge the smartphones based on their performance in terms of Dimensions, Display, Memory, Connectivity, Camera, Operating System, Price, Design, Battery Life, and CPU.

Each round is worth one point and at the end of the battle the smartphone that managed to score most points will be declared the winner.

Dimensions

We are dealing with two smartphones that bring similar sized displays, therefore their dimensions should be fairly similar.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and has a weight of 145 grams. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 is 146.8 mm tall, 73.3 mm wide, and 8.2 mm thin, while weighing 163 grams.

It’s obvious that the S5 is both smaller and lighter than its Sony rival, therefore it scores 1 point in the Dimensions round.

Display

The Samsung flagship is equipped with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution and a pixel density of 432 ppi. The Xperia Z2 brings a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 5.2-inch screen with IPS LCD technology and 424 ppi.

As you can see the Xperia Z2 has a slightly bigger display, but the difference will be almost unnoticeable as Sony smartphone brings on-screen software buttons. The pixel density is also similar, therefore this round of the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 battle ends as tie.

Memory

The number of Google Play Store apps grows everyday and you will need a decent amount of storage to be able to suit your needs. Not to mention about your music, movies, or TV shows collection.

The Galaxy S5 is available with 16 or 32 GB of native storage and supports expansion through microSD cards up to 128 GB. Xperia Z2 has 16 GB of storage, but only supports microSD cards up to 64 GB.

S5 brings 2 GB of RAM, whereas the Z2 has 3 GB of RAM.

It’s fairly easy to see which of the two smartphones wins the Memory round. Even though the Z2 brings more RAM, S5’s 2 GB of RAM will suffice anyone’s multitasking’s requirements, but the Samsung smartphone can bring up to 160 GB of storage, while the Sony handset is limited to 80 GB of storage.

Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features LTE cat 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0.

The Sony Xperia Z2 has LTE cat 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and microUSB 3.0.

Did you spot any difference? If you didn’t, I would tell you that unlike the Z2 the Galaxy S5 brings an infra red blaster, Bluetooth Low Energy, and microUSB 3.0, but these three features are not enough to separate the two devices. The Connectivity round is a tie.

Camera

On one hand, we have the Galaxy S5 with a 16 MP primary shooter with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and support for 4K video recording.

On the other hand, it’s the Xperia Z2 with its 20.7 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.3” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama, and 4K video recording.

Even though S5’s camera has learned a new trick called Selective Focus (allows the user to change the focus point after a picture was take), the quality of the photos take with the Xperia Z2 will definitely be higher, so the Sony device wins this round.

Operating System

Both the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 come pre-loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but you will find out there are a lot of differences between the two, as each brings a custom-made user interface.

The Xperia UI on the new Sony flagship is more elegant that Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, but you can barely find any innovative features squeezed under Z2’s hood. Furthermore, the smartphone is crowded with Sony’s own apps and services like PlayStation, WALKMAN, and others like these that are not useful at all.

Of course, no one can beat Samsung when it comes to bloatware, but at least the Koreans are trying to innovate here and there. Samsung’s Private Mode, mobile payments via PayPal (both accessible through the fingerprint sensor), Ultra Power Saving Mode (turns display black and white and limits smartphone’s features to SMS and phone calls to assure 24 hours of battery life with only 10% of battery), or Selective Focus (you can choose the focus point after a picture was taken), are the features that will help the maker of the Galaxy S line-up consolidate their position as the biggest player of the smartphone market.

The Operating System round goes to the Galaxy S5.

Price

Even though neither of the two devices hit the market yet, we already have an idea on their pricing. We’ve learned today that at least one UK retailer will sell the Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S5 at 550 pounds. On the US market both devices are expected to cost $199.99 with a two-year contract.

We’ll call this a tie.

Design

Even though we’ve heard a lot of rumors saying that the Galaxy S5 will feature a metal body, it seems that the Korean phone maker just can’t their smartphones to look more premium.

The S5 brings a plastic dotted back cover that is supposed to bring better grip. To me, it looks a lot like the back of the first Nexus 7 tablet. It has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, a heart rate sensor on the back, below the camera, but that’s about all when it comes to S5’s design. Oh, and it’s water and dust proof.

There’s no doubt that the Sony Xperia Z2 is the better-looking smartphone here. It’s more elegant than its rival, bringing a case made of glass that makes it feel like a premium device. It may not have a fingerprint scanner or a HR monitor, but it’s handsome smartphone. Like the Galaxy S5, the Z2 is both water and dust proof.

The Design round goes to the Xperia Z2. Another point scored by the Sony flagship.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 2,800 mAh battery, while the Sony Xperia Z2 is powered by a 3,200 mAh cell.

Even though the Z2 is supposed to bring better battery life due to its bigger battery, we shouldn’t forget that the S5 has the Ultra Power Saving mode, which would come in handy when your really need to use the device. It’s a tie here, as well.

Processor

The Sony Xperia Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The S5 has the same Snapdragon 801 chipset but the four Krait 400 cores are clocked at 2.5 GHz instead of 2.3, while the GPU is the same Adreno 330 unit.

The 200 MHz will probably be unnoticeable in day by day usage, so the CPU round ends as tie.

Conclusions

We’ve reached the end of the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 battle, so it’s time to see which of the two smartphones has won it. It was a tight fight in which we had not less than 5 rounds that ended as tie: Display, Connectivity, Price, Battery Life, and Processor.

The Xperia Z2 has won the Camera and Design battle, courtesy of its 20.7 MP Exmor sensor and the elegant design, scoring 2 points.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 outmatched its rival when it came to Dimensions, Memory, and Operating System, because it’s smaller and lighter than the Z2, has more storage, and brings more useful software features. It scored 3 points.

In our opion the Samsung flagship wins the Galaxy S5 vs Xperia Z2 battle, but do you feel the same? If not, please prove us wrong in the comments section below.

 

 

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  • Isaac Kennedy

    totally agree with you guys maybe its the mass histeria around samsung s5 but it can do no wrong and especially the 128 GB memory thats just the icing on the cake totally awesome phones

    • Deep Eddy

      I dont know about you guys, but im all about pictures. 20.7mp camera sounds like a winner especially if at night I can take decent pictures. underwater pictures too. worried about memory? buy more micro sd cards, cheap on Groupon

      • HGAB

        No “…innovative features” for the Z2? Are you serious? No, the Sony is Sirius (pun intended): double knock-on to wake the phone, glove mode, stereo speakers (front-facing ala’ HTC), supports HD audio when hooked to an ext. amp, 4K video, and unlike any other OEM, Sony delivered on virtually everything the leaks promised and then some…and I’m an HTC fan!!! Stop givinSamsung the benefit of the doubt ! I don’t care how many phones they sell, they’ve doused people’s hopes 3 times in a row now (S3-5)! Wake up!!! HGAB, Husani57@Gmail.com

  • Aries

    OS – well Sony’s will be most preffered by those who likes to see and feel a nearly-stock Android approach. In a scale of 1-10, the elegance of Sony’s UI can be at 10, while in a scale of 1-10, Samsung’s UI innovation (although super heavy over Android) can also be at 10, so OS shall also be a tie. Sony gets 2 points and so does Samsung.

    • Aries

      And Sony may not have the heart-oriented app, but it has noise cancelling feature AND dual stereo sound WITH surround sound. I would want to believe that you guys are biased to Samsung. Well, money works.

  • Manish

    I am in favor of sony bcz
    >1st is= now a days a big screen trends going on people want big screen phone so according to me sony should get 1 point in dimension part

    2nd is= xperia z2 battery is bigger than s5 there is 400 mah difference and both phone have their own ideas sony also have stamina mode also how can you forget these things here also sony get 1 point

    3rd is = xperia z2 has 3 gb RAM which is 1 gb more than s5 as far as concern of storage 80 gb is quite sufficient in smartphones nobody can use storage like 160 gb so dear in this department sony also get 1 point
    As according to me sony clearly win this battle
    Your views about this comparison is stupid. …….

  • http://batman-news.com Shaun

    Being both a big Sony and Samsung fan this becomes a close battle, I give the edge to Samsung primarily for the Amoled screen. The Sony’s LCD screen will look great in high light or in sunny conditions where the Amoled screens arent quite as bright, but the Amoled screens just look alot better in my opinion in almost all other viewing conditions. The other thing that is nice is the IR blaster it adds an added functionality that only the samsung devices have. You can use almost any android device as a remote thru wifi but its a bit clunky compared to built in IR. Everything else is just a little too close to compare. 2gb or 3gb isn’t going to make a huge difference. I would also bet the lcd screen might use a bit more power than the amoled screen so the added battery power in the sony won’t make alot of diffence either. The Sony might have a nicer looking and more premium case but if the S5 has a similar backing to the original Nexus 7 that will be great, I really like the feel of the Nexus. All in all it will be personal prefference, both are great phones that should each get a good portion of the android market.

  • guy with guts

    What an utter bias. Now i will prove this wrong update the article its largely misleading to normal buyers.
    1. The memory: if you check in galaxy s5 only 8gb is free out of 16gb due to touchwiz bloatware. Again speaking of ram touchwiz takes 800mb of ram so you are left with just 1.2gb so thats point invalid.
    2.OS: many prefer eye candy and close to stock android where sony delivers and touchwiz remains ugly. There are tweaks in xperia ui if you remove your bias spectacles, and wut the hell WALKMAN is not useful at all, geez its the best music player, obviously you didnt dig what is it.
    3. Battery: with 400mah more battery sony has proven stamina mode against ultra power saving mode
    4. Dimensions: z2 has bigger battery, bigger screen, premium aluminium frame, better water proofing so the extra dimensions.
    Acknowledge the better, dont be a fanboy.
    From a owner of galaxy s2 tired of plastic.

  • Christian

    I personally think Sony XZ2 wins this head-to-head hands down!

    1.) DIMENSION – this goes to samsung, although let’s remember that Sony’s display is also bigger.
    2.) DISPLAY – Display would probably go to Sony. They fixed that viewing angle issue, and features live color LED tech, and the display is more accurate that the more saturated, unrealistic AMOLED from Samsung.

    3.) MEMORY – In this area i believe there should be two categories, STORAGE and RAM (MEMORY). Samsung wins on storage, but give credit to Sony for the 3 GB RAM, and not giving this round away to Samsung and just say “2 GB of RAM will suffice anyone’s multitasking’s requirements”. Can’t we also say “82 GB of storage will suffice anyone’s needs”?

    4) CONNECTIVITY – Samsung.. Although those that Sony misses are not deal-breaker really.

    5) CAMERA – Sony.

    6) OS – I disagree of this round going to Samsung. I would choose Sony’s noise cancelling to Samsung’s finger scanner and heart rate monitor anytime of the day. And Sony’s stamina mode (battery saving mode) doesn’t need to reach 10% to be activated, unlike Samsung’s.

    Sony’s UI is also less intrusive i believe, and more elegant. So this round goes to Sony.

    7) PRICE – no idea.

    8) DESIGN – Sony. No debate on this one. And the dual speakers on the front is not even mentioned. Regarding waterproofing/dust-proofing, Sony’s Waterproofing rate is higher, but Samsung has the edge with regards to dust-proof rating.

    9) BATTERY – Sony! Again, they both have power saving modes. But Sony has the bigger battery.

    10) PROCESSOR – Tie. I believe Sony clocked it to 2.3 GHz to fix heating issues?

    11) CONCLUSION – Sony Xperia Z2 wins, hands down.

    I hate to say this, but I think this article is a little biased to Samsung, or worse a paid article by Samsung. Sorry.

  • Ranger Steve

    I have been an S3 owner for almost 2 years and have been paying attention to the new flagships. The author is obviously bias in this review. Way to leave out the Stamina Mode for Sony. I can’t wait to get away from TOUCHWIZ and I will stay away from Tizen as well. Sony…. here I come.

  • Jay

    I’ll go with Sony. Z2 has a lot of improvement. S5 looks like a bandaid and has useless features like S4. And they stick to that ugly design. Only dumb people(like you) would buy S5 over Z4 hehehehe. You’re a horrible reviewer.

  • Bernard

    This is pathetic if not idiotic comparison which is not based on reason but on fanboyism. Or maybe this is one of Samsung’s paid blogs.

  • Justin

    Well, the marketing sounds good when intended to sell you the products but !!! 3 months later after z2 release buuuum xperia z2lite or whatever rumours come to our ears and the good feeling when carring the best phone with you make you feel stupid, anyway Sony llike so far on this battle IR blaster will be significant point but maybe they add that to the next version of the xperia aaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

  • Heath

    The SanDisk 128 gb micro sd card works on my Z1 Ultra just fine.

    Not sure if writter is ignorant, simply unqualified to provide any kind of review, or both. In any event of the three, this is akin to talking to a Best Buy salesman who’s only knowledge of the production is purely through what’s listed on the box.