Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia Z smartphone are both waterproof. (Credit: Reuters)

The launch of Google Nexus 4 in India on 15 May has intensified the price-war among expensive high-end smartphones in the sub-continent.

With a price-tag of ₹26,000, Nexus 4 is set to dominate the price-conscious Indian market where all high-end MNC smartphones are placed above the ₹40,000 price point. However, Japanese electronics maker Sony is an exception as it launched its flagship Xperia Z for sub-₹38,000, which is quite low when compared to rivals Apple iPhone 5, HTC One and Galaxy S4. It has even gained popularity for its innovative camera features. Put aside the obvious plus points, let's see how Sony Xperia Z stacks up against the newly launched Nexus 4.

Here is a brief comparison of main features between Google Nexus 4 and Sony Xperia Z:


Nexus 4 sports a 4.7-inch WXGA IPS screen panel with a HD 1280x768p resolution and pixel density close to 318 ppi (pixels per inch). On the other hand, Xperia Z houses a remarkable 5.0-inch Full HD TFT screen with 1920x1080p resolution having a pixel density of 441 ppi.


In terms of power, Sony Xperia Z and Nexus 4 stand even as they both pack the same 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with Adreno 320 graphics engine.

Storage and RAM:

Even though Sony and LG smartphones pack 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, Xperia Z owners hold the advantage of having a micro-SD card slot for expanding memory up to 32GB. The LG handset does not come with extra-memory slot.


In this aspect, Sony Xperia Z wins hands down against Nexus 4 with its stunning 13.1-megapixel camera which also boasts of Sony's exclusive Exmor RS camera lens technology, auto-focus, LED Flash,16X digital zoom and 1080p Full HD video recording capability. It also houses a 2.0-megapixel camera at the front which can also take Full HD video at 30 fps.

On the other hand, Nexus 4 which sports a 8.0-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The main camera has auto-focus, LED flash, 4X digital zoom and other standard features.

Mobile Operating System:

Both Nexus 4 and Xperia Z smartphones run on Android Jelly Bean OS, but it is to be noted that the former runs on pure Android stock and will be the first among the all other Android smartphones to receive the OS updates.

Xperia Z runs on Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but recent suggests that the Android v4.2 OS update will be released soon.


Currently, Nexus 4 is now available for ₹25,999 in the market, whereas the Sony Xperia Z is priced around ₹37,900, almost ₹11,000 more than the LG smartphone.

But, considering the Sony's exclusive innovative camera features and its water and dust resistant sturdy body case, it justifies the price.

Here is a breakdown of specifications of LG-Google Nexus 4 and Sony Xperia Z:


LG-Google Nexus 4

Sony Xperia Z


4.7-inch WXGA IPS screen with HD 1280x768p display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 scratch. resistant screen guard (Pixel density: 318 ppi)

5.0-inch Full HD Reality

Display with Mobile

BRAVIA Engine 2 having 1920x1080p resolution, shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass.

(Pixel density: 441 pixels per inch)


Pure Android stock v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS

Android v4.1 OS Jelly Bean, will get the v4.2 OS upgrade soon.


Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core processor with 1.5GHz CPU speed

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core processor with 1.5 GHz CPU speed


Adreno 320, 400MHz graphics engine

Adreno 320




Storage capacity

16GB, memory cannot be further expanded (no microSD card slot)

16GB ,expandable up to 32GB via microSD card


Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash support, auto-focus,4X-digital zoom

Front: 1.3-megapixel camera

Main: 13.1-megapixel back side illuminated Exmor RS Image Sensor with LED flash, 16X-digital zoom

Front: 2.2-megapixel camera


2G & 3G

2G & 3G


2100 mAh

2400 mAh


Full-HD 1920x1080p video recording, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0,

Water and dust-resistant body, Full-HD 1920x1080p video recording, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, micro-USB v2.0,


133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm

139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9 mm


139 g

146 g




 Prices vary depending on the market.