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iPhone 5S vs Android - specs comparison with Galaxy S4, LG G2, HTC One, Moto X and Xperia Z1

How does the iPhone 5S fare when compared with some top Android devices including the Galaxy S4, LG G2, HTC One, Moto X and Xperia Z1? Check it out!
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September 10, 2013
iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones during a special media event, and in what follows we’re going to see how Apple’s high-end 2013 handset does against its main Android rivals in a raw specs battle.

The iPhone 5S is Apple’s next flagship device, which means it will compete in stores against flagships from various Android device makers.

While the specs battle doesn’t tell the entire story in such phones battles, we’ll only compare hardware between the iPhone 5S and various Android devices.

We picked one flagship device from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and Sony for this particular battle – we’re looking at the Galaxy S4, LG G2, HTC One, Moto X and Xperia Z1, respectively.

In what follows, you’ll be able to see how the devices compare, at least on paper, when it comes to specs.

iPhone 5SGalaxy S4LG G2HTC OneMoto XXperia Z1
Maker
iPhone 5S:
Apple
Galaxy S4:
Samsung
LG G2:
LG
HTC One:
HTC
Moto X:
Google
Xperia Z1:
Sony
Size (mm)
iPhone 5S:
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6
Galaxy S4:
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9
LG G2:
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9
HTC One:
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3
Moto X:
129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4
Xperia Z1:
144 x 74 x 8.5
Weight (g)
iPhone 5S:
112
Galaxy S4:
130
LG G2:
143
HTC One:
143
Moto X:
130
Xperia Z1:
170
Display
iPhone 5S:
4-inch
Galaxy S4:
5-inch
LG G2:
5.2-inch
HTC One:
4.7-inch
Moto X:
4.7-inch
Xperia Z1:
5-inch
Type
iPhone 5S:
LCD
Galaxy S4:
Super AMOLED
LG G2:
LCD
HTC One:
LCD
Moto X:
AMOLED
Xperia Z1:
TFT
Resolution
iPhone 5S:
1136 x 640
Galaxy S4:
1920 x 1080
LG G2:
1920 x 1080
HTC One:
1920 x 1080
Moto X:
1280 x 720
Xperia Z1:
1920 x 1080
CPU
iPhone 5S:
A7 64-bit; M7 motion coprocessor
Galaxy S4:
Snapdragon 600 / Exynos 5 Octa
LG G2:
Snapdragon 800
HTC One:
Snapdragon 600
Moto X:
X8 System
Xperia Z1:
Snapdragon 800
PPI
iPhone 5S:
326
Galaxy S4:
441
LG G2:
424
HTC One:
469
Moto X:
312
Xperia Z1:
441
RAM
iPhone 5S:
N/A
Galaxy S4:
2GB
LG G2:
2GB
HTC One:
2GB
Moto X:
2GB
Xperia Z1:
2GB
Storage
iPhone 5S:
16/32/64GB
Galaxy S4:
16/32/64GB
LG G2:
16/32GB
HTC One:
32/64GB
Moto X:
16/32GB
Xperia Z1:
16GB
MicroSD
iPhone 5S:
No
Galaxy S4:
Yes
LG G2:
No
HTC One:
No
Moto X:
No
Xperia Z1:
Yes
Camera
iPhone 5S:
8MP
Galaxy S4:
13MP
LG G2:
13MP
HTC One:
4MP
Moto X:
10MP
Xperia Z1:
20.7MP
Second camera
iPhone 5S:
1.2MP
Galaxy S4:
2MP
LG G2:
2.1MP
HTC One:
2.1MP
Moto X:
2MP
Xperia Z1:
2MP
Wi-Fi
iPhone 5S:
802.11 a/b/g/n
Galaxy S4:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
LG G2:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
HTC One:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Moto X:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Xperia Z1:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
iPhone 5S:
4
Galaxy S4:
4
LG G2:
4
HTC One:
4
Moto X:
4
Xperia Z1:
4
LTE
iPhone 5S:
Yes
Galaxy S4:
Yes
LG G2:
Yes
HTC One:
Yes
Moto X:
Yes
Xperia Z1:
Yes
NFC
iPhone 5S:
No
Galaxy S4:
Yes
LG G2:
Yes
HTC One:
Yes
Moto X:
Yes
Xperia Z1:
Yes
GPS
iPhone 5S:
Yes
Galaxy S4:
Yes
LG G2:
Yes
HTC One:
Yes
Moto X:
Yes
Xperia Z1:
Yes
Battery
iPhone 5S:
N/A
Galaxy S4:
2600mAh
LG G2:
3000mAh
HTC One:
2300mAh
Moto X:
2200mAh
Xperia Z1:
3000mAh
Battery standby
iPhone 5S:
250 hours
Galaxy S4:
370 hours
LG G2:
N/A
HTC One:
480 hours
Moto X:
576 hours
Xperia Z1:
880 hours
Fingerprint scanner
iPhone 5S:
Yes
Galaxy S4:
No
LG G2:
No
HTC One:
No
Moto X:
No
Xperia Z1:
No
OS
iPhone 5S:
iOS 7
Galaxy S4:
Android 4.2.2
LG G2:
Android 4.2.2
HTC One:
Android 4.2.2
Moto X:
Android 4.2.2
Xperia Z1:
Android 4.3
Price (w/contract)
iPhone 5S:
Starts at $199
Galaxy S4:
Starts at $199
LG G2:
Starts at $199
HTC One:
Starts at $199
Moto X:
Starts at $199
Xperia Z1:
N/A

As you can see in the table above, the iPhone 5S is the smallest and lightest of the bunch and sports two unique features, a fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit processor (coupled with a motion coprocessor).

However, the Android contenders come with some unique features of their own such as the Moto X’s contextual awareness and always-on features, the LG G2’s button placement and optical image stabilization features or the Xperia Z1’s waterproof features, 20.7-megapixel camera and advanced camera features. Not to mention that they all seem to beat the iPhone 5S in most categories, when strictly comparing specs.

Every Android handset beats the iPhone when it comes to screen (size, resolution and ppi) and battery standby. It’s likely that the iPhone 5S doesn’t have a battery bigger than the battery of the Moto X, even if it offers 25 hours of additional standby time when compared to the iPhone 5.

You’ll notice that some iPhone 5S specs have not been mentioned by Apple yet including RAM and the aforementioned battery capacity, which is something the company has always failed to mention with new smartphones in previous years.

iPhone 5S

When it comes to camera, it would seem that all the Android players are again ready to beat the iPhone 5S, but we won’t draw a conclusion just yet. In addition to counting megapixels, we’ll also going to have to look at actual camera features and camera samples to see who’s the real winner. In that regard, the HTC One and the Xperia Z1 are expected to put up a more than decent fight – and yes, there may be other handsets running a different OS that may have better camera powers.

When it comes to wireless connectivity options, you’ll notice that the iPhone 5S does not offer support for 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, nor does it have a NFC chip inside – everyone else has such features. However, Apple said on stage that its device will pack better LTE support than any other smartphone.

Starting prices for the U.S. market are similar for all these smartphones, but we’re only looking at on-contract prices. The full price of the iPhone 5S starts at $649 for the 16GB version.

Finally, we’re going to remind you that Apple doesn’t race in the specs game played by other handset makers – a policy that Motorola has also adopted for its Moto X – so comparing only the specs between iOS 7 and Android devices will not always tell the whole story.

With all that in mind, we’re going to let you draw the conclusion: who’s the winner for you and why? What’s your favorite?