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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Sony Xperia Z

Samsung Galaxy S III Remove phone

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PA Rating - 9.3
User Rating - 8.7

Posted: 03 May 2012
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - U.S. Cellular

Sony Xperia Z Remove phone

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PA Rating - 8.5
User Rating - 9.2

Posted: 07 Jan 2013
Market Status: Released

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Design
Device typeSmart phoneSmart phone 
OSAndroid (4.3, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UIAndroid (4.3, 4.2.2, 4.1.2) 
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) 
Weight4.69 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
5.15 oz (146 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
 
Body materialPolycarbonateGlass 
Rugged Water, Dust resistant 
IP certified IP 57 
Display
Physical size4.8 inches5.0 inches 
Resolution720 x 1280 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.

306 ppi443 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.

Super AMOLEDTFT 
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass 
Camera
Camera8 megapixels13.1 megapixels 
FlashLEDLED 
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.

F2.6  
Camera sensor size1/3"  
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Autofocus, 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), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Video callingDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video calling 
Front-facing camera1.9 megapixels2.2 megapixels 
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.

Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 
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, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait 
Graphics processorARM Mali-400/MP4Adreno 320 
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.

1024 MB RAM2048 MB RAM 
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB 
Maximum User Storage 11 GB 
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB 
Battery
Talk time22.50 hours
the average is 12 h (745 min)
11.00 hours
the average is 12 h (745 min)
 
Stand-by time34.6 days (830 hours)
the average is 21 days (502 h)
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 21 days (502 h)
 
Talk time (3G)11.60 hours
the average is 13 h (769 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 13 h (769 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)32.1 days (770 hours)
the average is 21 days (502 h)
22.1 days (530 hours)
the average is 21 days (502 h)
 
Capacity2100 mAh2330 mAh 
Wireless chargingOptional  
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playback, Custom equalizer, Preset equalizerAlbum art cover, Background playback 
RadioFM, Stereo, RDSFM, Stereo, RDS 
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker 
YouTube playerYesYes 
Internet browsing
Built-in online services supportFacebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+, TwitterFacebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+, Twitter 
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 2100 MHz 
FDD LTE 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz 
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS 
Micro SIMYesYes 
Positioning

Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

GPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, Glonass 
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)Yes 
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.04.0 
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz 
Mobile hotspotYesYes 
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0 
ConnectormicroUSBmicroUSB 
FeaturesUSB Host, USB chargingMass storage device, USB charging 
HDMIvia microUSBvia microUSB 
OtherNFC, DLNA, Miracast, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncTV-Out, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsService lights (Multiple color), Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneHaptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
Additional microphone/sYes  
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, BarometerAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
Hearing aid compatibility M3 
OtherVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recordingVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD 
Availability
Officially announced03 May 201207 Jan 2013 
Shopping information
Accessories Quick charger EP881, USB media cable, Wired Headset EX300AP, Internal battery 

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