The year 2013 till now has proved to be a landmark year in shaping up the mobile industry. First the arrival of 8-core chipsets including Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, followed by rumors of HTC 'Ultrapixel' cameras and currently, the proliferation of Full HD displays in the high-end of the smartphone market have been unleashed to dazzle tech enthusiast.
The 5 inch smartphones are babying everyone with plethora of choices and features from manufacturers' end, as they attempt to sell their offerings.
It is of course necessary for smartphones to have a sharp display with a maximum possible resolution and above average battery life, but it has to be made clear that screen size and resolution are not related to each others.
So far, the tech world has witnessed the blockbuster arrival of the Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013 following that of HTC Butterfly, which made waves towards the end of 2012 and kickstarted the Full HD smartphone revolution. But how do the two trendsetting handsets compare?
Well, ePrice Taiwan has managed to grab a prototype of the new Sony handset and has compared it along with HTC Butterfly - known as Droid DNA in U.S. According to the comparison, both have their pros and cons. However, it claims that Xperia Z is better than its opponent in terms of benchmarks.
Consequently, Gizbot has also come up with a comparison between Sony Xperia Z and HTC Butterfly based on their specifications and software features.
Dimensions & Weight: Being 5 inch handsets, Xperia Z measures 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm in dimension and weighs in at 140 grams and Butterfly boasts a dimension of 143 x 70.5 x 9.08 mm and weighs similarly at 140 grams.
Display: When it comes to display, Xperia Z boasts a 5 inch full HD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with
Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology. In comparison, Butterfly sports a 5 inch full HD LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Processor: Again, both Xperia Z and Butterfly come with a quad core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor.
Operating System: Even in terms of OS, both the handsets head against each other with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Camera: On the camera optics front, Xperia Z comes with 13MP rear camera and a 2.2MP front camera for video calling. The camera are equipped with Exmor RS and HDR technology, which adds capabilities like digital cameras.
On the other hand, Butterfly has an 8MP rear camera with ImageSense chip and a 2.1 front camera for video calling. ImageSense chip is meant for improved picture quality offering zero shutter lag and the ability to snap photos while recording video clips.
Storage: When it comes to storage, both Xperia Z and Butterfly have 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot for 32GB expandable storage.
Connectivity: When it comes to data connectivity, Xperia Z and Butterfly come packed with features including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, NFC and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: Xperia Z is loaded with a 2,330 mAh battery with battery stamina mode feature, whereas, Butterfly is powered by a 2,020 mAh battery.
Price: While there is no official word on the price of Xperia Z, the handset is estimated to be priced at Rs 35,000 approximately. On the other hand, HTC Butterfly is priced heftily at Rs 45,999.
Certifications: Xperia Z comes with IP (Ingress Protection) certification for being waterpoof and dust resistant, whereas, Butterfly is only water resistant.
Both Xperia Z and Butterfly are high-end smartphones with superior specifications and features. Moreover, they come with outstanding display with 440 ppi pixel density that can produce excellent quality images and content.
On the software side, both the handsets come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and hence, they will be loaded with similar features including Project Butter, improved Google Now and more. However, these handsets have some features that are exclusive.
Detailing on software features, Xperia Z has Battery Stamina Mode that can improve the standby time by four times or more and Sony media applications including Walkman, Album and Movies offer a consistent entertainment experience across a range of Sony devices.
On the other hand, Butterfly comes with Beats Audio integration as the other HTC smartphones. The Beats Audio integration offers deeper bass, sharper vocals, detailed notes, uncompromising and high-definition sound.
If the concern is on better camera performance and improved battery backup along with dust resistance, Xperia Z could be a better option.
However, if the concern is on enhanced multimedia performance and better display, HTC Butterfly with Beats Audio might be a good one.