Feb 24 AT 11:04 PM Nick Gray 29 Comments

Spec showdown: Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 versus the competition


Day one of Mobile World Congress has come and gone. There are dozens of new Android devices competing for your attention, but the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are the two devices which we think will have the biggest impact on the smartphone landscape in 2014. The basic setup between the two devices are remarkably similar, but there are a few unique hardware features which will be the deciding factors for millions of consumers across the globe. We still have a month and a half before either phone hits the market, so we’d suggest taking a long look at the specs sheet for both to see how they compare to each other and how they stack up against the current competition.

If you’re not that impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Sony Xperia Z2, HTC’s replacement for the HTC One will be unveiled in late March. It might be a good idea to keep your options open until we know what all our options are.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • BlazeHN

    Simple, Note 3 then wait for Note 4.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Very very simple NOTE 4 will be the BEST handset in 2014 period.

      • jerrbomb

        Bro.. Make up you Damn mind.. You just said that about the Galaxy S5.. Your worse than a broken record playing in Apple’s head quarters being recorded on television because unfortunately we can’t turn you off

      • Orion78

        Very very simple….you don’t know a damn thing.

      • squiddy20

        So you’re saying that roughly the last 4 months of the year that the Note 4 will be available, will make up for the entire rest of the year? Okay. Good luck with that one.

  • nidou

    very simple… Sony is the winner!

  • Danica

    Sometimes the phone with the “better spec” sometimes is not the better option. I dont think even 10% of The population uses all that power on a phone to be honest.

  • http://www.typhonrt.org/ Mike Leahy

    Arguably the next gen GPU wise starts with the Snapdragon 805 (Adreno 4xx), Tegra K1, or PowerVR 6 series based devices. The Z2 and S5; these are not the droids you’re looking for… HTC can clean up if the next one, heh, is 805 based.

    • Richard Yarrell

      If the S5 has the Snapdragon 801 the Htc M8 either will have the Snapdragon 800 or 801 it won’t be better than the Galaxy S5 that’s for sure.

      • squiddy20

        If both have the 801, then they are the same (at least in that regard). Get a life you stupid, ignorant Samsung fanboy.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      Agreed. Or if the M8 has 3 GB of RAM and less bloatware it’s a winner in my book. I’m curious if the G3 is going to have an 805 in it. Doesn’t the 801 use the same Adreno 330 in the 800s?

  • Vance

    What really stands out to me is the comparison between the Z2 and the Z1. There’s not a lot of difference which begs the question: have we maxed out the practical application of existing technologies in mobile devices for now, or are Sony, Samsung, (and likely HTC) taking a page from the Apple playbook and churning out minor variants to their flagship devices just to keep sales volume high? If answer is the latter they will cease to innovate and suffer the same fate as Apple and new innovators with nothing to lose with fill the void they behind (enter huawei, zte, and others (Lenovo yoga phone?) :))

  • hud

    I m very much disappointed with sumsung…

  • hud

    I ve saved over $800 awaiting for galaxy s5; now look at what Sammy has brought on board. Very shame …

  • juan

    Id still choose z1 compact. I dont see why i would choose z2 / s5.

    Theyre still at the meh stage.


  • lllbenjolll

    Does sony z2 have a removable battery option?


    I waited eagerly for s5,but it disappointed me….

    • susan

      Ya, its true

  • Mr. Baun

    z2 > all. with the htc stereo speakers. the note 3 specs and water and dust resistance puts this phone on the top. xperia z2 FTW

  • Dirtybudha

    Not sure how this is totally fair via the chart. For example, both are water and dust resistant. That being the case, how is that an advantage to Sony and why is it listed?

    They’re very similar and I think the difference are either very subtle or gimmicky.

  • Paul Atreides

    Underwhelmed by Samsung(glorified S4 remix, dat storage rape), not overly impressed with Sony(big phone with bigger bezels). Not getting my hopes up much for HTC just yet, so I guess I’ll be waiting to see what’s releasing in the Fall/Winter. I’m thinking LG is most likely to get my money, because they seem to be the most hungry for the Android title.

  • Jack

    Right now I would prefer to keep my Note 3, seems to beat the S5 with specs. Considering Samsung needed a big change with the S5, which is why they announced it earlier than they did last year, they haven’t lived up to expectations. The S4 wasn’t successful because it looked to similar to the S3, so they make it look the same… I’m placing my bets on the Note 4 and I’m really hoping the Galaxy flop will give HTC a chance to recover with the One V2. HTC seem to have the best ideas, just a shame they don’t have Samsung’s capital and popularity.

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  • gsi scott

    Samsung puts to much Samsung into the android phones….
    Time to give Sony a try….

  • Odie

    How can the iPhone’s RAM spec be N/A? I thought they shipped with 1GB of RAM.

    Also, I’ll hold off on truly judging Samsung for their choice to keep the S5′s upgrade to a modest bump. Android is getting more efficient with each release and the majority of users barely tap the phone’s potential. That being said, Samsung’s Galaxy line has never been for me. I also go with Nexus and would likely go with HTC as the alternative.

  • Hamdi Yasser

    Very nice … but what i do not understand the snapdragon 801 ??

  • Akhil M

    I vote for sony due to its best display and best sound and super monolithic design and its an waterproof phone. And even best camera ever .

  • samy ara

    Samsung Galaxy s5 Features