The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been officially announced and we’re sure most of you have read up on the handset in the last 24 hours. The handset looks largely similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, but manages to pack in a larger 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display in a similar sized chassis.
Under the hood, Samsung includes its Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 8-core big.LITTLE processor (other regions will get the 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset). Camera duties are taken care of a 13MP sensor and a 2MP front-facing camera. Other features include infra-red and a 2600mAh battery.
We have attached the full spec list below, comparing it against the Xperia Z and HTC One. However, specs are one thing and where Samsung really focused its efforts was on its software. This included SmartPause, S Voice Drive, Dual Camera, S Health and Adapt Display. There are a number of other features, some look useful and some gimmicky.
Anyway, now that you’ve seen what Samsung has to offer – is your head turned? In our eyes, the Xperia Z has a lot going for it, namely its design and water resistant qualities. It’s hardware is broadly on par – yes the Samsung chipset is more powerful, but in day-to-day use we’d argue that you probably wouldn’t notice.
So if you own the Xperia Z, do you wish you went for the Galaxy S4 instead? Our view is that the Xperia Z has nothing to worry about and sits unique in the Android ecosystem. We’d love to hear your thoughts below.