With almost a simultaneous launch, both the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are the top of the line devices from their respective lineup. We take a quick look at both of their specs and see where each company is targeting their current front-runners.
Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
|5.2-inch Triluminous display (1920 x 1080)||5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1440)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor||2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor|
|1.9GHz Exynos 5433 octa-core (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad-core) processor|
|Adreno 330 GPU||Adreno 420 GPU / Mali-T760 GPU|
|3GB RAM||3GB RAM|
|16GB/32GB internal storage||32GB internal storage|
|up to 128GB via microSD||up to 64GB via microSD|
|20.7-megapixel rear camera w/ f/2.0, 1/2.3-type Exmor RS sensor at ISO 12800||16-megapixel rear camera w/ OIS & LED flash|
|2.2-megapixel front camera||3.7-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture|
|4G LTE, HSPA+||4G LTE, HSPA+|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP||Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB 2.0, MHL 3, USB OTG||USB 2.0, MHL|
|S Pen stylus|
|water- and dust-proof||Fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor|
|3,100mAh battery||3,220mAh battery|
|Android 4.4 KitKat||Android 4.4.4 KitKat|
|146 x 72 x 7.3 mm||153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm|
|163 grams||176 grams|
Sony’s Xperia Z3 is more of an improvement to the Z2 rather than an entirely new and better handset. It’s got a faster processor, better camera (wider angle), and an overall lighter form factor. Although that may be the case, the Xperia lineup has always been an impressive device to begin with – you have NFC connectivity, a very capable 20.7-megapixel camera with proprietary lens technology, and most importantly a body able to withstand water and dust for the active individuals (or clumsy).
We still think a significant number of consumers looking for a hardy phablet will consider buying the Xperia Z3 if they plan to upgrade.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, however, introduces something new to the table. It now touts a Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to its predecessor with 1920 x 1080 pixels. As of now, the Note 4 is the only device that can be used with the company’s Gear VR which functions somewhat like an Oculus Rift but with Samsung’s phablet. There’s also the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor for the health-conscious.
In addition, its multi-window feature speeds tasks while its proprietary S Pen also promises better performance — perfect for multi-taskers that are always on-the-go.
Want more of this phablet? Check out The Evolution of the Galaxy Note!