Difference between Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy S2

Key difference: The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was launched in April 2011 and was one of the slimmest smartphones at that time. The phone offered additional feature, software updates, expanded hardware and a redesigned physique than the original S. Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive screen that offers 480 x 800 pixels.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. Samsung S2 and Samsung S3 are two smartphones that have been launched by Samsung. They are the successors to the company’s flagship phone Galaxy S. The Samsung S2 made waves in the smartphone market and the S3 has continued the success.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was launched in April 2011 and was one of the slimmest smartphones at that time. The phone offered additional feature, software updates, expanded hardware and a redesigned physique than the original S. Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive screen that offers 480 x 800 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass that makes it scratch proof. It also only weight about 116g at that making it a very light weight phone. The Samsung S2 was originally offered with Android v v2.3.4 (Ginger Bread) and is now available with v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is upgradeable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The Galaxy S2 has a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that uses Samsung's own 'Exynos 4210' System on a chip (SoC). It also offers the TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, with hardware updates compared to the TouchWiz 3.0. The phone is available with 16 and 32 GB of internal storage with additional external storage up to 32 GB. S2 supports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The rear camera can record videos in full high-definition 1080p at 30 frames per second. The S2 also includes innovative features such as ‘motion’ an optional gesture-based interaction technology that allows users to use two fingers and tilting the phone towards or away from the person to zoom in and out, respectively. It also supports Voice Recognition, Google Voice Translation, Lost Phone Management and Swype typing feature. The phone also has the ability to support USB-on –the-go, which allows users to connect USB flash drives (with own power source) to the phone.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, the Samsung website and GSMArena.com


Sony Xperia S

Samsung Galaxy S2

Launch Date

February 2012

April 2011



Samsung Electronics


128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm

125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm


4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen


1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

480 x 800 pixels (~217 ppi pixel density) 16M colors


Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass,

oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.


144 grams

116 g

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network


Depends on market availability.


Timescape UI

TouchWiz UI v4.0

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor

Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9


Adreno 220



Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon



1 GB

1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory


microSD up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, BT v3.0+HS, USB v2.0


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.


UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v3.0+HS


microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera

2 MP


HD video recording (1080p)

[email protected]

Camera Features

16x digital zoom, LED flash, Touchfocus, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, 3D Sweep Panorama, Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis



Video supported formats


MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, VC-1

Recording & Playback [email protected]

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

2G: 18 hours 20 min

3G: 8 hours 40 min


2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours

2G: 710 hours

3G: 610 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, White, Pink


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS


HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML, Adobe Flash


Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStationCertified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, shop.vodafone.co.uk

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