SAMSUNG AND SONY went head to head at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), with the two firms unveiling their latest flagship Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, respectively.
Both manufacturers are hoping their high specification devices will win the affections of those in the market for a flagship Android smartphone, and with both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 boasting similar specification sheets, it's going to be a tough race to call.
We've pitted the Samsung Galaxy S5 specifications up against those of the Sony Xperia Z2 to see which smartphone is worth splashing the cash to buy.
Design, measurements and weight
Samsung Galaxy S5: 142x73x8.1mm, 145g
Sony Xperia Z2: 147x73x8.3mm, 163g
While they have similar dimensions and weights, the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 are worlds apart in design.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a perforated plastic casing edged in aluminium, an improvement over last year's glossy plastic model, and is available in more colours than the Galaxy S4, too - black, white, blue and gold. The Sony Xperia Z2, on the other hand, looks nearly identical to its Xperia Z1 predecessor, featuring the same boxy, eye-catching design that received high marks in our review last year.
While it hasn't seen much of an upgrade in design, the Sony Xperia Z2 improves on last year's model in size, measuring 8.2mm thick compared to 8.5mm. The Samsung Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is a bit chunkier than its predecessor, although it still measures just 8.1mm thick.
Both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 arrive resistant against dust and water too, with the two smartphones touting IP67 and IP58 certification. However, the Galaxy S5 edges the Xperia Z1 with additional hardware features, including a fingerprint sensor and a heart rate monitor.
Samsung Galaxy S5: 5.1in 1920x1080 Super AMOLED display, 432ppi
Sony Xperia Z1: 5.2in 1920x1080 IPS Triluminos display, 424ppi
If you're looking to select your next smartphone purchase based on display, you're going to have a tough decision, with the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z1 sporting almost identical displays. The Xperia Z2 touts a 5.2in HD 1080p screen with a pixel density of 424ppi, while the Galaxy S5 edges it slightly with a 5.1in HD 1080p display with a pixel density of 432ppi.
What's more, with Samsung configuring the Galaxy S5 with Super AMOLED screen technology and Sony using its Triluminos display technology on the Xperia Z2, both screens offer very vibrant images and sharp text, so it will be difficult to call a winner out of the two.
Next: Processor, operating system.
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