Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

I carried out this comparison, in order to make the right choice. I’ve done this according to my requirements. I hope it helps others as well, who are planning to buy one of these phones.

Name of the Phone

Samsung Galaxy S5

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Price Starts at Rs. 34,000 Starts at Rs. 31,000
Colours Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White Black, White, Pink, Lime
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year
Sim Micro Sim Micro SIM
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS SMS, MMS, Email, IM, Push Email


Type Super AMOLED Touchscreen, IPS LCD
Colour Density 16 Million 16 Million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (432 ppi pixel density) 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (342 ppi pixel density)
Touch Screen Type Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Upto 10 Fingers


Weight 145 grams 137 grams
Height 142 mm 127 mm
Width 72.5 mm 64.9 mm
Length 8.1 mm 9.5 mm



Primary 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, Phase Detection Autofocus, LED flash 20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, Autofocus, LED flash
Secondary (Front) 2.1 MP 2 MP
Videos 1080p @ 30fps, HDR, Video Stabilization, Dual-Video Recording 1080p@30fps, Video Stabilization, HDR
Features 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 1/2.3” Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face and Smile Detection, Image Stabilization, HDR, Panorama
Flash LED Flash LED Flash


Internal 16/32 GB storage, 2 GB RAM 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Memory Card (SD Card) microSD, up to 128 GB microSD, up to 64 GB


Alert Types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Head Phones 3.5 mm 3.5 mm
Loudspeaker Available Available
Radio Not Available FM Radio with RDS


Data Speed HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
GPRS Available Only Up to 107 kbps
USB microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2.1), USB On-the-go, USB Host microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
EDGE Available Only Up to 296 kbps
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE v4.0, A2DP
Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Available Available
NFC Available Available
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G LTE 800 LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900
Sim Type GSM GSM


Operating System Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat)
Java Support MIDP Emulator MIDP Emulator
CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 320
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Chip Set Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800

Battery Lifetime

Type Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
Standby Time Upto 390 Hours Upto 670 Hours (2G)

Upto 600 Hours (3G)

Talking Time Up to 21 Hours Up to 10 Hours (2G)

Up to 18 Hours (3G)

Music Time Up to 67 Hours Up to 94 Hours


Compass/ Magnetometer Available Available
Proximity Sensor Available Available
Accelerometer Available Available
Ambient light sensor Not Available Not Available
Gyroscope Available Available
Temperature Sensor Not Available Not Available
Barometer Available Not Available
Gesture Available Not Available
Heart Rate Available Not Available

Special Features

SNS Available Available
Maps Available Available
Document Viewer Available Available
Photo Editor Available Available
Video Editor Available Available
Voice Memo Available Available
Predictive Text Input Available Available


Even though my friend is an all-time fan of Samsung, still I made him buy Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, as it provides a longer battery backup and is available at a cheaper cost. Most of the prices of such phones can be easily bargained upon, if you buy them from online shopping sites. They provide mind-blowing schemes and discounts on such phones. You can actually save around Rs.2000-3000/- very easily.

So, look for something different and get the Best Buy! Do tell me about your choice!


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