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Sony Xperia Z3 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8): specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8): specs comparison
Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia Z3, is here and frankly said, it's pretty similar to its predecessor, the Xperia Z2, both in terms of size and hardware. Despite that, specs are not usually what most users covet the most – Sony has kept some of them intact, but has improved the device in general. The Z3 is thinner and more compact than the previous Sony flagship, while maintaining the same display size, but this has resulted in a few compromises in the specs sheet.

We decided to pit the device against two of its more formidable rivals, Apple's still-current champion, the iPhone 5s, and HTC's metal-clad One (M8). Cupertino's finest is getting a little long in the tooth already, but its noteworthy replacement is just around the corner, whereas HTC might wait until next spring for a flagship refreshment. While the advantage in these kind of comparisons usually goes towards the newer device, it's still you who choose which of the smartphones listed below is the clear winner in this specs-centric wrestling match.

Sony Xperia Z3
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Apple iPhone 5s
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8)

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.4)iOS (7.x)Android (4.4.3, 4.4) HTC Sense 6 UI
Dimensions5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)
Weight5.36 oz (152 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
Body material AluminiumAluminium
RuggedWater, Dust resistant  
IP certifiedIP 68  
Display
Physical size5.2 inches4.0 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels640 x 1136 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

424 ppi326 ppi441 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 500 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera
Camera20.7 megapixels8 megapixels4 megapixels
FlashLEDDual LEDDual LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.2F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent)25 mm 28 mm
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/3"1/3"
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264 MPEG4
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video sharingDigital image stabilization, Picture-taking during video recordingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharing
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels5 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-ACApple A7Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400Dual core, 1300 MHz, 64-bitQuad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorAdreno 330PowerVR G6430Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 933 MHz) / LPDDR31024 MB RAM2048 MB RAM / LPDDR3
Built-in storage16 GB64 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Battery
Talk time14.00 hours
the average is 12 h (705 min)
  
Stand-by time37.1 days (890 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
  
Talk time (3G) 10.00 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
Music playback130.00 hours40.00 hours 
Video playback10.00 hours10.00 hours 
Capacity3100 mAh1570 mAh2600 mAh
Type Li - IonLi - Polymer
Not user replaceableYesYesYes
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 
FDD LTE700 (band 28), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1) MHz800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz
TDD LTE2300 (band 40) MHz  
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS
Availability
Scheduled release

Scheduled release - Shows when is the particular phone scheduled to be made available to the public in North America

Q3 2014  


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posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:23

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


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