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Sony Xperia Z vs HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

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Sony Xperia Z vs HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
With the just-announced Xperia Z, Sony pulled the trigger on a Full HD smartphone, which HTC did with the Droid DNA, and Samsung hasn't done yet, yet its Galaxy S III keeps delivering sales backed in so small part by the company's larger-than-life reputation in smartphones now.

That's why we are running the three against each other in the specs list table below for easier comparison. As you can spot from a distance, the Xperia Z has every chance to become the hit Android device after it launches this quarter, at least until phones like the eventual Galaxy S IV or Optimus G2 start flaunting their stuff.

The Z is almost as compact as the Galaxy S III, and smaller than the Droid DNA, despite its waterproof certification, microSD card slot availability and glass chassis construction. It weighs only slightly more than the two, yet is built out of premium materials as it fits for a high-end smartphone, instead of the polycarbonate plastic used for HTC's and Samsung's handsets.

Sony's new flagship also has the largest battery capacity of those three, but 3rd party endurance tests will show its true performance. The same thing goes for the 13 MP Exmor RS camera on the back of the Xperia Z, which will be judged by its first sample pictures and videos. While it can be reasonably expected it won't be worse in the typical scenarios than the modules in the Galaxy S III or the Droid DNA, it certainly sports a unique feature they don't, with its hardwired HDR video recording capabilities.

All in all, with the Xperia Z announcement Sony seems to have climbed on top of the brand-name Android smartphone crowd, and, barring any significant hiccups in battery and camera tests, is likely to stay there at least for the first half of the year.

Sony Xperia Z vs HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
DESIGN
Samsung Galaxy S IIISony Xperia ZHTC Droid DNA
OSAndroid (4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UIAndroid (4.1.2)Android (4.1.1) Sense 4+ UI
Dimensions5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)5.55 x 2.78 x 0.38 inches (141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm)
Weight4.69 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (124 g)
5.15 oz (146 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (124 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (124 g)
Side KeysLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key Right: Volume control
Rugged Water (Water), Dust proof 
IP certified IP 57 
ColorsBlack, Brown, Pink, Blue, Red, White, Gray  
DISPLAY
Physical size4.80 inches5 inches5 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
306 ppi441 ppi441 ppi
Technology
Super AMOLEDTFTS-LCD 3
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
BATTERY
Talk time22.50 hours
the average is 9 h (554 min)
11.00 hours
the average is 9 h (554 min)
12.80 hours
the average is 9 h (554 min)
Stand-by time34.6 days (830 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
14.7 days (353 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
Talk time (3G)11.60 hours
the average is 8 h (483 min)
  
Stand-by time (3G)32.1 days (770 hours)
the average is 19 days (467 h)
  
Capacity2100 mAh2330 mAh2020 mAh
HARDWARE
System chip
Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
Processor
Quad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitQuad core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorARM Mali-400/MP4Adreno 320Adreno 320
System memory
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR22048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / DDR2
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB16 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB 
CAMERA
Camera8 megapixels, Immobile13.1 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.6 F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent)  28mm
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
FeaturesVideo calling, Digital image stabilizationVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.9 megapixels2.2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)

TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz700 MHz Class 17
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Micro SIMYes Yes
Global RoamingYesYes 
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, Glonass, E911
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)YesTurn-by-turn navigation

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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:05 13

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Compromise, all 3 are great handsets.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:27 6

7. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I think its an unfair comparison.galaxy S3 is 8 months old.better compare it with S4 & we will see who outdates whom.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:01

13. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 661; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


s3 is just 3 things less..... 12mp camera, 1080p screen and ram... remaining is same

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:08 2

19. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Wrong. SGSIII doesn't have a quad core processor either. That's a pretty important difference.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:44 3

28. mittalmailbox (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


SGSIII have Exynos series 4(4412) quad core processor.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:03 1

49. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 661; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


really lol...... international version is quad core

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:03 5

16. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Xperia superphone will release in august to take on s4 and i5s :) this is H1 FLAGHIP

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:20 2

22. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


then it will be unfair for the Z and DNA, as they would be few months old by the time S4 launches.. smh..

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 00:01 9

31. Feanor (Posts: 273; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I think Galaxy S3 fans have been dreaming of unicorns for too long. I'm pretty sure that next Galaxy S4 will have neither zero bezels, nor flexible screens or other exotic features. Very likely it will have a slight edge over the Xperia Z in processing power, a less advanced but still almost equally capable 13MP shooter and a few software enhancements. It will also most likely come with a common plastic body that they will forget again to design. I think that the Xperia Z will very likely remain the best combination of features and premium even after the GS4 will be presented.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 01:49 1

35. Edmund (Posts: 646; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Well stated, but I don't think it's what the samsung fanboys want to hear. I will never again buy another android phone, but this is probably the only one I'd accept if somebody were to offer me one for free.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 00:08

32. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


I think it's safer to compare the phones that are already in existence. Same will happen when the SIV is released, it'll be compared to the Z/ZL which will have been 2/3 months old.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:19 1

20. myBIGstik (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


WOW, SO TO HAVE THE MOST GREATEST OF PHONE ALL WE NEED IS SUPERIOR SCREEN, NEXT GEN SPECS, A WONDERFUL YET LIGHT OS, SUITES OF AWESOME APPS, WONDERFUL CAMERA, AND NEW INNOVATION EVERY RELEASE, BACKED BY A NAME EVERYONE TRUST... WAIT WAIT WE DO HAVE THAT IT--- THE IPHONE!!!! WA-WA-WA

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 09:24 3

52. NokiaFTW (Posts: 835; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


U drunk?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:22 1

24. MeoCao (unregistered)


I saw a video, Z screen cannot compare to DNA

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 04:27 1

47. pyradark (Posts: 712; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


try it real life hands on not watching on youtube
or else youll regret of having an optiContrast panel with mobile bravia 2.0

Xperia P Owner :))

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 01:16

34. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


all 3 is best now but must be wait for m7 & s4..

m7 is distinct phone of htc specially with sense 5..

i think dna > xperia z(alittle better than dna) > m7 > s4 maybe not..

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 04:29

48. pyradark (Posts: 712; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


dont compare a phone that dont exist yet, that might dissapoint you.
bcoz this phone just set the bar high

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:06 7

2. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is a tough choice....I think I'd choose the Sony over the HTC because of the camera..... loll for me that is the only recall decisions.....the two phones are otherwise perfect.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:27 8

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5649; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I choose SONY over HTC is SD CARD SLOT, WATER RESISTANT/DUST PROOF, and a SLEEK SEXY DESIGN

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:26 4

25. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


butterfly offers the same thing.. Except camera maybe..
but gosh, although I'm an HTC fan, but that Z is much better designed than the DNA.. I think this will be the phone that sways me away from HTC..

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:39 1

18. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


I have chosen HTC over sony for 3 months ahead of time... when this XPERIA Z releases within galaxy s4 or optimus g2 will beat it

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:29 3

26. pyradark (Posts: 712; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


in what?? Processor again and Ram
Interms of design, build quality, build endurance, xperia z is still has IT!!.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 07:58 1

50. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


In release time....4 months ahead..... Design on DNA is get...build quality is second to none...if you want to wait.. why not 1 month more for galaxy s 4

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:08 2

3. mydi.maus (unregistered)


Sammy has better battery life. but Sony is the best.well let's just wait till Galaxy S 4 comes out.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:15 1

4. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


alll these phone r great an people like to choices their phones an what there like about it in each phone.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 01:57

36. Seymur (unregistered)


Should've waited for this before Note 2.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:26 7

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5649; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


BEST IN THE WORLD HANDSETS. I'm still buying the XPERIA Z.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:28 4

8. Galen20K (Posts: 506; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


honestly, we're all really spoiled by the quality of handsets now. Can't really go wrong with any of these, its all about preference really now.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:35 2

9. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Plz wait for galxay s4 phonearena

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:36 12

10. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i wish sony will be the king of android... not samsung!!!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:16 5

17. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Samsung earned that spot. They released the S3 and Note 2 on every major carrier giving them that chance. The only Sony phone to come to Verizon was the Sony Xperia and it had crap specs.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:21 7

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


samsung earned that spot by "out copying" everyone and doing similar things to what apple was doing.........SONY IS ORIGINAL! they DESERVE to be on top and WILL be on top

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:43 1

39. dmakun (Posts: 127; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


Common! Copy what? Pls don't start with that sorry excuse Apple has apparently sold to you and other anti-Samsung apologists around the world. Samsung hasn't copied anybody mate, they did improve on earlier devices though. I'd call their efforts innovation just like Apple calls it.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:42

43. shuaibhere (Posts: 909; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


And you bash apple for suing samsung in those anti-apple article.....
Samsung deserved that because of functionality of touchwiz, removable battery, micro sd card support......
Have to admit that this is the best smart phone till now....but s4 will come with lot of surprises.....

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:42

44. shuaibhere (Posts: 909; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


And you bash apple for suing samsung in those anti-apple article.....
Samsung deserved that because of functionality of touchwiz, removable battery, micro sd card support so and so......
Have to admit that this is the best smart phone till now....but s4 will come with lot of surprises.....

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:41

56. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


samsung copy nokia and sony before...now samsung is copying apple!! so its not a secret that samsung is a king...king of copying!!!

and besides, japan techs are always better than koreans!!!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:48 1

29. mittalmailbox (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Forget it for now. Sony just assembled good piece of hardware. This phone lacks innovation. Sony phones have least software optimizations. Samsung always takes time(like quad core S3 some time after One x), but Samsung always deliver best package.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:43

57. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


say that to your plastic s3!! all sony phone are better looking than samsung!!

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 07:50 1

59. yuneshik (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Your ignorance is reeking. You do know that there are many variants of plastic? Just because polycarbonate is a form of "plastic" doesn't mean it's the same thing that lies around your household. Polycarbonate may not look "pretty" but it is actually high quality and reliable. I can tell you're ignorant because you also show that you're a racist in your other comments. Mind if I show you the door?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 09:47 1

55. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


dream on:)

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:38 2

11. DerryAhmad (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I can't believe the Sony Xperia Z is the thinnest of the three. With 5" display, 13 Mpx Camera, Water and Dust Resistance, it measures only 7.9 mm !
I'm all for Sammy Super Amoled Screen, but design wise.. Sony had me (HTC comes pretty close).

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:47 3

12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


No wonder phonearena was releasing iPhone love ads for the past 2 weeks. They knew that real phone news was going to dominate. I bet a iPhone case story would look pathetic right about know.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:01 2

14. oister85 (Posts: 385; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


You can't go wrong with any of this phones. I'm proud to own a s3 but I'm available for an upgrade I'm going to wait what Samsung brings. but so far the z is first in list

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:02 2

15. ajac09 (Posts: 1213; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


what about the note 2?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:31 1

27. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


it's a phone comparison, not phone-phablet comparison.. :)

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:19

21. rcwfox2002 (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


No Verizon -_-

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:54

30. legend1 (Posts: 100; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


sony xperia z woohoo!!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 00:19

33. techloverNYC (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


sony is killing the competition right now

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 04:25

46. hypermagz (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


Uhmm.... how can Sony kill the competition right now? that device is not even being sold yet?

Though they have the advantage right now since the flagship of other OEM is yet to be unleashed, it's like a double edge sword, release it early you will gain better sales. but competition will try to improve their flagship and will have better performance(hardware and software wise) and will probably eat up most of the sales during the Q3 and Q4 thus leaving everyone behind again. You should have noticed that already when Samsung release the S3 during late Q2, It practically dominated and set a trend for Super phones(even the One X had to be replaced by a One X+ to have a chance but never recovered).

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:17

37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sony absolutely ridiculed HTC on the phone construction field

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:22

38. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I will wait for sgs4, g2 and m7 though I expect Samsung to repeat 2012.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:09 1

40. ilia1986 (unregistered)


The GS3 is the best. Why? Because it's an 8 month old phone ffs, that's why! And it's still got the specs to rock it with the other two! :)

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:13

41. tiara6918 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Isn't the droid dna/butterfly water resistant?

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:25

42. Retro-touch (Posts: 242; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


The HTC J butterfly in Japan is waterproof, the rest of the variants aren't

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:22

51. takay0 (Posts: 142; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


i heard that the butterfly (not J butterfly) is also waterproof.. is that wrong?

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:38

58. tiara6918 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Yes,it's also water resistant. Htc wouldn't deceive anyone with this ad-http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_emb​edded&v=BVpXTqMT3Ho

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:44

45. LonersPersona (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


I think the Zl is gonna be better over this Z..as it has a larger battery and the back is not a fingerprint magnet :)

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:28

53. korbindallis (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


Great now I can take my phone to the shower with me so I don't miss that important call ;)

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:20 1

54. Johnmark (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


unfair, s3 have different s**t in different country, dual inside and quad outside north america.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:58

60. DanielJDavidson (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


What do Samsung fags think the S4 will be like? It was the same crap with the S3!
"Quad-Core 2.0GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 12 Megapixel Camera, 7mm thin, 4.65" SAMOLED+ 720p display and PlayStation 3 graphics" those were the rumours for the S3 and all it had was the 720p display. I'm not saying Samsung suck, but technology has only come so far, so stop over hyping something that won't be very different to current 2013 flagships.

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