Difference between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S4

Key Difference: The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a high-end phablet launched on July 3, 2012 and marketed as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone." Samsung Galaxy S4 is the flagship phone of the Samsung Corporation.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a high-end phablet launched on July 3, 2012. The company has marketed the device as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone." Sony had recently launched its flagship phone the Sony Xperia Z. After the success of Xperia Z, Sony sought to outdo it with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Continuing the legacy of Xperia Z, the Xperia Z Ultra is also dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, and waterproof. It is also shatter-proof and scratch-resistant. The Ultra also utilizes the same "Omni-Balance" design as Xperia Z. The phone features a 6.4 inch screen, on which the user can take notes or draw on with a regular pen or pencil.

Under the hood, the phone has a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core processor and 2 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, with 16X digital zoom, as well as a 2 MP front-facing camera. It is powered by a 3050mAh Lithium polymer battery and has 16 GB of internal memory, which is expandable via a microSD of up to 64 GB.

After weeks of speculation, Samsung launched the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 is the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S4 boasts new features in a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density.

The phone is available with either the 1.6 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or the 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-core processor, depending on the market. It is available with 16/32/64 GB internal capacity options and if that is not enough it can be upgraded by another 64 GB using the SD slot. The S4 comes with 2 GB RAM, which has become a norm for smartphones these days.

The phone was launched with some new features such as Air Wave, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, as well as Group Play and Dual camera mode.

Comparison between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S4:

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


Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S4

Launch Date

July 3, 2013

Q2 of 2013


Sony Mobile Communications

Samsung Corporation


179 x 92 x 6.5 mm (7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 in)

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm


6.4 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen

4.99 inches Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen


1920x1080 pixels, 16M colours (~344 ppi pixel density)

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)


Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 3


212 g (7.48 oz)

130 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

C6806: LTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

C6833: LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

LTE availability depends on the market.


Sony UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

1.6 GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-Core processor depending on the market.


Adreno 330

PowerVR SGX 544MP3


Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.2.2  (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800

Exynos 5 Octa 5410


2 GB

2 GB

SIM Size

Micro SIM


Internal Memory

16 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 64 GB

Expandable up to 64 GB


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

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


  • 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
  • aGPS
  • ANT+ wireless technology
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • MHL support
  • Media Go
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • PC Companion
  • Screen mirroring
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • USB charging
  • USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
  • Xperia Link
  • Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot



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


HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


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

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


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE


microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

8 megapixel camera fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, 1080p@30fps

2 MP, zero shutter lag, BIS


1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR,

1080p@30fps HD video

Camera Features

  • 16x digital zoom
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Continue burst mode
  • HDR for photos & videos
  • Face detection
  • Image stabiliser
  • Object tracking
  • Picture Effect
  • Quick Launch
  • Scene recognition
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile shutter
  • Image sensor
  • Superior Auto
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus
  • Touch capture
  • White balance
  • Dual camera
  • sound & shot
  • drama shot
  • group play
  • story album
  • simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Cinema Photo
  • Eraser mode

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dynamic normalizer, ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase, Clear stereo

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

Video supported formats

DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery

Removable Li-on 2,600 mAh battery


Up to 820 hours

Up to 370 h on 3G


Up to 16 hours

Up to 17 h on 3G

Available Colors

Black, White, Purple

Black Mist and White Frost


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

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



HTML5, Adobe Flash


Stereo FM radio with RDS



with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, waterproof, shatter-proof and scratch-resistant.
  • Dynamic normalizer
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow service
  • SensMe
  • TrackID music recognition
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • xLoud Experience
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Play
  • Google search
  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Maps for Mobile with
  • Street view and Latitude
  • NeoReader barcode scanner
  • Pan & zoom
  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Motion gaming
  • PlayMemories
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Reader mode
  • SensMe slideshow
  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • TV launcher
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube
  • Air Wave
  • Tilt
  • Smart Scroll
  • Smart Pause
  • Integrated Optical Reader
  • S Health
  • S Translator
  • S Voice assistant
  • S Memo note apps
  • Galaxy S Voice Drive
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (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, samsung.com

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