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Galaxy Alpha Vs Xperia Z1 Compact, HEAD TO HEAD

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5





The concept of mobile phones was a fantasy and earnest desire to connect with people while you are anywhere. Now this is not only a fantasy but a reality. The advancement in communication technology not only gave us the mobile phone but ahead of it and much more. Now we have smartphones with more advanced capabilities and astonishing features. These features have dominated over just making and receiving the calls. Now we are more interested in their camera features and videos. Video games are another absorbing feature of the smartphones. These are just in simple words the common features; technology has gone far ahead. Here we are comparing the two giant smartphones which are specimen of human ingenuity and quest for perfection. They have their individual unique features and could be a mistake to compare the two in totality. Their individual features are appended below for the readers to compare and evaluate themselves. 



Xperia Z1 Compact

Galaxy Alpha





Operating System

Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat)


Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)

Weight & Dimensions

137 Grams , 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

115 Grams, 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Display Type

IPS LCD capacitive touch screen

Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen

Display & Resolution

4.3 Inches , 720 x 1280 pixels

4.7 Inches, 720 x 1280 pixels resolution




Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7



Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800


Exynos 5 Octa 5430


Adreno 330

Mali-T628 MP6


2GB RAM, 16 GB On board, 32 GB External

2GB Ram, 32GB on Board, 128 GB External


20.7 Mega Pixel, Secondary 2 Mega Pixel

12 Mega pixel, Secondary 2 mega pixel


 Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery

Stand-by  Up to 670 hours (2G) / Up to

                  600 hours (3G)

Talk time Up to 10 hours  (2G) / Up to 18

                  hours (3G)

Li-Ion 1860 mAh battery

Stand By   Up to 210 hours

Talk Time  Up to 7 hours 30 minutes





2G Network       GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 /


3G Network       HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 /

                             1900 / 2100

4G Network       LTE 800 / 850 / 900 /

                             1700 / 1800 / 1900 /

                             2100 / 2600


2G Network  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 /   


3G Network       HSDPA 850 / 900 / 

                             1900 / 2100

4G Network       LTE 800 / 850 / 900 /

                            1800 / 1900 / 2100 /  



Black, White, Pink, Lime


Black, white, gold, silver, blue

Xperia Z1 Compact VS Galaxy Alpha Design & Display


 Both are the giants in the field of electronics manufacturing as well as the smartphone making. There is a difficult point to figure out the lacking between the two. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is made up with the shiny plastic instead of metal and the handset carries 137 Grams weight and the dimension of the handset measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm. Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a metal body. The Alpha has 115 grams weight and has 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm equally measure dimensions. Z1 Compact has a less dimensions measures but the handset has a bit weight in comparison of Galaxy Alpha has a metal frame but has a low weight.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has a 4.3 inches IPS LCD capacitive touch screen having 720 x 1280 pixels resolution but Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolutions. According to the screen size the Alpha has a large display but both handsets have an equally good display and provide the same pixels resolution quality. In the account of design and display Samsung Galaxy Alpha has plus points. The handset has a large display and has a low weight with all its metallic body.

Software and user interface

Sony Xperia Z1 compact runs the older version of operating system known as Android OS, v4.3 Jelly Bean but the operating system upgradable to v4.4.4 KitKat and Samsung Galaxy Alpha has Android OS, v4.4.4 KitKat operating system pre installed in the handset. In case of Xperia Z1 compact users need to take the pleasure of new features of operating system they need to upgrade the operating system but in this account Galaxy Alpha is already featured with new advanced features of operating system. In the account of interface both handsets provide full graphical colorful interface. The interface is easy in use and everyone uses the operating system without any problem.

Processor and memory

Memory and processor plays an important role in the handset and the good combination of both makes the handset perfect and increases the worth and demand of the handsets amongst the users. There is no doubt that both Sony and Samsung are doing the great job in this aspect. Sony Xperia Z1 compact comes with Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor with Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and Adreno 330 GPU. This is one of the powerful and good permutations of processor, chipset and GPU.  On the other hand Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with two processor options Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 with Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset and Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. This is another well balanced configuration of processor, chipset and GPU. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has a quad core processor. The processor is made up with 4 cores and Galaxy Alpha has an Octa Core; this is the processor made up with 8 cores but in the aspect of speed Xperia z1 compact has a speedier processor in comparison of Galaxy Alpha. 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has 2GB RAM along with 16 GB On board memory. The built-in memory can be extendable up to 32 GB externally via microSD card. Samsung provides 2GB RAM with 32GB on Board memory. The on board memory can be extendable up to 128 GB with microSD card. Galaxy Alpha provides double on board memory in comparison of Xperia Z1 Compact. After the design and display again Samsung Galaxy Alpha gets the plus point.


Camera is another important feature of the handset and most of the people test the camera features before buying the handsets. Galaxy Alpha has a 12 mega pixels back and 2 mega pixel front facing camera with 128 x 3096 pixels density, autofocus and LED flash. This is the good camera configuration and users can easily enjoy photography by using this Alpha camera.


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is equipped with 20.7 mega pixels rear and 2 mega pixel front camera with 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus and LED flash. Xperia Z1 Compact provides the incredible camera features to the users because of its high density camera. This is one of the big differences between the two and in the account of snapper configuration Sony Xperia Z1 Compact beat the Galaxy Alpha to the some extent.


No handsets work without the battery and if the battery is powerful it gives the more than enough back up time to the handset. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact consumes the power from Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery which gives Stand by up to 670 hours on 2G and 600 hours on 3G network and talk time up to 10 hours on 2G and 18 hours on 3G network.

Galaxy Alpha is energized with Li-Ion 1860 mAh battery which gives stand by time up to 210 hours and talk time up to 7 hours 30 minutes. There is no doubt that Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is powered with large and powerful battery and gives sufficient back up time to the handset but the blunder is also present in the handset the battery is non removable and if any mishandling happens with the battery the users are unable to replace the battery by themselves and they need to replace the whole handset instead of battery. Galaxy Alpha is equipped with removable battery and users can easily remove the old battery and place the new one if battery works not properly. In the account of capacity Xperia Z1 Compact has an advantage but in the battery changing manner Galaxy Alpha is over on Xperia Z1 Compact.


Available Colors

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is available in 4 gorgeous colors Black, White, Pink and Lime and Galaxy Alpha will be available in other 5 awesome colors Black, white, gold, silver and blue. The users have an open option to choose the handset color according to their personality and personal likening.


The both handsets are equally good in the performance and working. To some extent Xperia Z1 Compact is good like in camera conditions but to some extent Galaxy Alpha will beat the Xperia Z1 Compact in the account of weight, body, on board memory Galaxy Alpha is good. But Sony lovers are usually love to use Sony products and Samsung users goes with Samsung.          

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