Earlier this year, Samsung launched its latest flagship handset - the Galaxy S5 in the Indian market. The mighty successor didn't surprise as it was expected to be, especially after the successor of Galaxy series earlier flagships Galaxy S3 and S4.
Mostly, Sammy fans expected the successor to land on the shelves sporting a qHD display, but sadly, Samsung didn't use the high-grade display and came out with its signature Super AMOLED screen.
At the same time, one of the competitors which entered into the market is Sony Xperia Z2, which turned out to be one of the most potential rival which the kind of hardware and software aspects it possess.
Both the smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 are available in the market and are quite expensive. So if you planning to buy one, before spending your hard-earned money have a look at this comparative review and take the right decision.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and the Xperia Z2 features a 5.1 1080p Triluminous LCD display. The former runs at 432 ppi, where Sony comes in at 424 ppi thanks to the slightly larger screen.
Sony has been banking on to the TFT LCD display panels for a long time which has its own odds like including poor viewing angles and colors don't stand out as far as the sharpness is concerned. To go a bit technical in the subject, it has an incredible color temperature of 6909K which doesn't distort the colors. Thus the color reproduction is also not bad. Moreover, the display offers a peak brightness of about 460 nits.
Samsung, on the other hand has used the super AMOLED display in the Galaxy S5, which is great in terms of saving battery. Since it has a higher color temperature of 8183 K, it messes up with white color. Samsung Galaxy S5 display has a very sharp color reproduction and it illuminates more than normal. To tell you the fact, AMOLED displays are often criticized for its inaccurate color reproduction and relatively low peak brightness. But Samsung has somehow fixed the issue to some extent.
On the contrary, when brought under the sunlight, Sony Xperia Z2 performance a little better than Galaxy S5. However, Xperia Z2 has mild brightness output compared to Galaxy S5 smartphone, but at the same time both the phone have a beautiful display, so here there would be a tie.
The Galaxy S5 which is 8.1mm thick, 142mm tall and 72.5mm wide weighs 145g, while the Xperia Z2 measures 8.2mm thick, 147mm tall and 73.3mm wide and weighs a tad heavier than than the S5 at 163g.
The best part of the Xperia Z2 is that it is IP55 and IP58 certified, which means that it is dust and water resistant, provided all the ports are firmly closed. It can thus also capture videos under-water. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S5 boasts of similar water and dust resistant features with IP67 certification. But is cannot let you capture videos under water.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a dimpled rear panel made of plastic. Samsung has used a heart-rate sensor at the back panel which also augments the looks of the handset. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 comes with a glass and aluminum construction, which gives the handset a neat and classy look. Moreover, the Xperia Z2 comes with a shatterproof and scratch resistant back and front panel.
However, since the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a dimpled back panel it gives a firm grip to the hands which is pretty opposite in the case of Xperia Z2.
The Galaxy S5 is powered by a octa-core Samsung Exynos 5422 mobile chipset bearing quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 clocked at 1.9 GHz and ARM Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.3 GHz. It is combined with Mali-T628 MP6 GPU and 2GB RAM.
On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 is powered by Qualcomm's 2.3GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AB) in combination with Adreno 330 GPU graphics along with 3 GB RAM. Thus it is pretty powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S5 Octa core variant which was launched in India.
The extra 1 GB RAM used in the Xperia Z2 handset is a notable addition to get over the Galaxy S5 handset as it can run high-resolution 3D games and applications smoothly.
Overall processor-wise, the Samsung Exynos 5422 has a 133 higher RAM speed. It can thus support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance. Also Samsung SoC supports 22 MHz faster GPU clock speed.
In terms of OS, Samsung Galaxy S5 runs on Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) OS similar to Sony's Xperia Z2 handset. Thus the only difference one can find in this aspect is the proprietary UI layer on respective handsets.
Obviously, this is one aspect of the phones, which we are all eager to see. Lets first see the camera hardware used in the two handsets. The Samsung Galacy S5 comes with a 16 MP rear camera. The camera can shoot image at 5312 x 2988 pixels. It comes with phase detection autofocus and LED flash.
Samsung Galaxy S5 camera has 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 and HDR Mode. The rear camera can record video at 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps. You will also see HDR, video stabilization and dual-video recording in the handset. In the front face, there is a 2 MP camer which is capable of shooting video at 1080p@30fps.
On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 smartphone comes with a 20.7 MP rear camera which can shoot image at 5248 х 3936 pixels. It comes with autofocus and LED flash. It also features a 1/2.3'' sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR and panorama mode and can shoot video at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps with HDR and video stabilization features. At the front, there is a 2.2 MP front facng camera as well in the device, which can shoot video at 1080p@30fps quality.
First of all, the Xperia Z2 can be called as the handset with a better camera features because it has got a dedicated camera key. Additionally, it has more megapixel camera both at the front and back. Moreover, it also has a two-stage shutter which is good for taking photos. What this means is that if you apply pressure to the button, the lens will first focus, and then if you press it fully it will capture the photograph. Xperia Z2 features a 120fps HD slow-motion video capturing facility which enables the camera to shoot slow motion video in high-definition quality.
On the other hand, the only camera feature that Samsung offers in its Galaxy S5 is the fast focus which is rated to be 0.30 seconds. Also it offers the selective focus options which is pretty popular these days. However, for selective focus, you already have a number of apps in Google Play Store to download for free.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery and a Xperia Z2 comes with a higher battery capacity of (Li-Ion) 3200 mAh battery.
On the battery front, Samsung's removable battery is better as it can be replaced by the user if broken. It also comes with a Wireless charging facility. So the users can buy a branded wireless charging kit to take advantage of it. It also has an ultra power save mode, using which the users can save battery immensely. You can use the phone in black-and-white screen mode as well with a few basic icons. This means even with a small amount of battery, you can keep the device running for a long time.
The only great thing about the battery of a Xperia Z2 handset is the heavy battery which is higher than the one used in the Galaxy S5. It also has an optional wireless charging feature.
Both the handsets come with 16GB Built-In native storage which can be further expanded up to 64GB via MicroSD card.
Both these phones are pretty expensive and latest as well. They both use high-end technologies in it. Leaving apart the S-Health App and the health oriented hardware inclusion in the handset, the Galaxy S5 is pretty much a simple high-end phone with Full HD display and fast-focus camera.
Xperia Z2 beats the Galaxy S5 in most of the aspects. In terms of RAM, faster processor, megapixel camera, under-water video recording facility, and battery Xperia Z2 easily wins Galaxy S5. Thus, if you are looking for a rugged handset, Xperia Z2 is the one which can be taken into priority. Although Samsung has incorporated some rugged features in the handset, it doesn't quite match up with that of Xperia Z2.
Also, Galaxy S5 comes with one of the best Air gestures including Air Play and also it has got UX features including Fingerprint scanner and the heartbeat sensor.
In terms of pricing, the Galaxy S5 was initially launched at the price of Rs. 54,300 but currently it is selling at the price of Rs. 40,100. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 that was initially launched for Rs. 49,000 is now available at Rs. 46,850.
So now let us know in the comments section below, which one do you think is right for you.