Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3: in-depth specs comparison

Apple iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3: in-depth specs comparison
Apple unleashed the iPhone 6 in a fairly traditional annual upgrade cycle event form, but the handset's specs are anything but traditional, at least for Apple. The iPhone 6 represents the largest incremental increase in an iPhone screen diagonal in the franchise's history, and with a 4.7" panel comes a brand new design, as well as some unique features. 

How does it stack up against the Android competition, and namely against Sony's Xperia Z3, with which we had a close encounter at the IFA expo just a few days ago? Let's see...


Design


The iPhone 6 still remains a fairly compact affair, despite the screen size growth. Since Sony's Xperia line of late isn't known for slim bezels, the Xperia Z3 is quite larger than the iPhone 6. Granted, it also sports a bigger, 5.2" panel, yet it will be noticeably less comfortable to hold and operate than Apple's finest. When it comes to thickness, however, Sony has done a remarkable job, slimming the chassis down to 7.3mm, only a tad thicker than the 7mm iPhone 6, and yet sporting premium chassis material in its turn. What is more, Sony's phone can be submerged in five feet of water without any problems, while Apple's creation eschews the water-resistant certification altogether. Moreover, Sony offers two quality stereo speakers at the front - something that the iPhone 6 doesn't have.

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

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





Displays


Sony upgraded the Xperia Z3's 1080p screen where it counts, namely in the brightness department, equipping it with a high brightness mode that brings about 600 nits of peak luminance, which is as good or better than what the iPhone 6 display is able to muster. Apple's phone panels are famous for their accurate color representation, while Sony boosts the saturation and contrast while watching media, so which screen would be preferable depends on your personal point of view, as both offer more than enough pixel density to go around. The iPhone 6's resolution has grown up to 750x1334 pixels, which still yields 326ppi, on account of the larger diagonal.


Interface


Sony doesn't skin the stock Android too much, and doesn't offer as many features as the overlays of Samsung, LG or HTC, but it's still a well-rounded UI with immediately recognizable branding. 

The iPhone 6 sports the newest iOS 8, which brings about a flat look, and numerous functionality enhancements in the notifications and status bar departments.


Processors and memory


Outfitted with a spanking A8 processor, the iPhone 6 offers 64-bit computing, a 20nm production technology, and specialized coprocessors. While its yet-unknown core clock and count will probably trail behind the 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 in the Xperia Z3, it certainly won't fall in cross-platform benchmarks against the Z3, and the typical iPhone/iOS synergy would yield splendid interface behaviour, too. Apple also touted a 50% improvement in the graphics department, so 3D games will run without a hitch on both handsets. As for the RAM amount, we are likely dealing with another 1 GB edition here, judging from the Geekbench results from the iPhone 6, while the Xperia Z3 outpaces the iPhoe with thrice that amount for endless multitasking. The Z3 is offered with 16 GB of storage, but has a microSD slot for expansion, while the iPhone 6 is available in 16/64/128 GB configurations, though the last one will cost you a pretty penny.


Cameras


Apple kept the 8 MP resolution for the iPhone 6, but outfitted it with a brand new sensor that sports Pixel Focus technology for quicker locking and continuous autofocus. The video capture has been greatly improved, too, with 1080p going up to 60fps, and HD slow-mo at 240fps. The Z3 shooter's 20 MP resolution might sound impressive, but actually Sony has failed to occupy the first slots in our most recent camera comparison with the Z2, which sports the same sensor. The Xperia Z3 flaunts a new G Lens kit, though, and new algorithms, plus it goes all the way up to 12 800 ISO, if needed, so only a tit-for-tat comparison we'll say who is boss. The Xperia Z3 has the 4K video capture advantage, though, plus you can shoot with it underwater out of the box.


Expectations

If we do a spec-for-spec comparison of the Xperia Z3 with the iPhone 6, Apple's handset would certainly lose the direct cage match. The Z3 sports a larger, brighter display with higher resolution, a higher CPU clock count and more RAM memory, plus it has a bigger camera resolution, and more capacious battery. 

Apple's incline has never been raw power, though, but rather the things you do with your handset, so it's built the iPhone 6 around its new paradigms, brought along by Touch ID sensor, and the new Apple Pay mobile payment services. Granted, the Xperia Z3 is waterproof, but the iPhone 6 is more compact, while we'd wager to bet that the iPhone 6 could surpass the Z3 in camera quality, despite its lower sensor resolution. Thus, your choice will boil down to a larger screen and waterproof chassis, or a more compact device that doesn't give way to the Z3 in any way that counts, and will likely keep a value longer.

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)

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39 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Another article which we can use the spec comparison tool offered by this site.

17. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"The iPhone 6 sports the newest iOS 8, which brings about a flat look, and numerous functionality enhancements in the notifications and status bar departments." ... Meaning iOS 8's notification bar takes its design from Android 4.4...

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"Thus, your choice will boil down to a larger screen and waterproof chassis, or a more compact device that doesn't give way to the Z3 in any way that counts, and will likely keep a value longer." Huh? how will a mid level spec phone hold its value longer? Seriously 8MP camera with "pixel focus" lol love the special names for nothing new technology... The Z3 also costs less outright initially so the loss in value is considerably less in the long run ROFLMAO How can you say the i6 doesn't give way to the Z3? the Z3 clearly stomps all over it and kicks it to the kerb lololol

30. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Well the Z3 isn't made of Liquid Unobtainium with a Sapphire 3D Screen sporting built in solar panels... oh wait... whatever happened to all that iHype?

2. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Z3 is 1000000000000000000 times better, period.

6. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Non iPhone ftw! value for money ftw! good design ftw!

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Yet another BS comparison . Ok we get it iPhone 6 is the winner and iPhone 6 plus is the king.

18. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

And the Z3 is 16gb, with 128gb Microsd support, and only $700 with over twice the specs (plus waterproof). Anyone in their right mind would agree cra Apple no longer offer value for money and performance in mobile devices.. Me thinks AyePhonearena will have a hard time swallowing this pill, but I am guessing it will top everything android has to offer in their (paid) review

3. zoozo

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Isn't the Z3 Compact a more direct competitor with the iP6? Almost exactly the same screen sizes.

4. dodger

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Why not compare it to Sonys Z3 Compact?

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Flagship to flagship comparison but IMO the z3 compact IS a flagship device lol

16. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

It certainly is compared to the iPhone 6.

32. sukampret

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

because Z3C will put iPhone6 to Wall of Shame

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Non iPhone ftw! value for money ftw! good design ftw!

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I like how they mentioned that the iPhone has a better resale value, because that is honestly what you will want to do with it after a week of use.

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Even the original XZ (although with poor display, battery life etc) is better than this new iThing6 released. Z3 probably better than iToy 9000 or whatever iFruity comes up with.

11. lowell

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Its not about the number of specs, its about the performance and how you use it. If you do an actual comparison of the 2 devices in terms of its performance for me iPhone is better. What's the point of having those high specs if your device still runs crappy. iPhone has managed to have a dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM and still runs smoothly, that means they have better engineering. They're not into specs, its just number. They're into the performance on how you use it in your everyday life.

15. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Orrr they just don't want to spend money on hardware

31. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

You don't sit on billions in profits selling something worth anywhere near what it cost to manufacturer. Huge margins require appealing to vanity. The fashion industry and organized religion aren't the only ones pitching how "special" their customers are.

19. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Device runs crappy? Seriously? Apps run great, web pages are easy to read with great detail (ye old sound and vision make up that "multimedia") and the battery lasts a day of heavy use. The iPhone 5s anemic battery negates anything you are pitching regarding "performance". In its dock, its the iTastic iBestest iHandset EVER!!! Yeah, just brilliant.

36. R2-D2

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

If you're talking about performance, Flappy Birds on my Z1 runs smooth while my sister's iPhone 5's Flappy Bird runs laggy. Also, iOS is actually lighter, that's the reason why the specs doesn't have to be so high. BBM app is also smoother on my device than my sister and my friend's iPhone 5. Specs do matter, especially the processor. For instance, Samsung S3 with Snapdragon S4 is a little laggy (sometimes unnoticeable) if you swipe down the notification bar continuously, while the Xperia Z1 with Snapdragon 800 isn't laggy when swiping the notification bar continuously (and it only used 2 processor cores shown by CPU-Z).

12. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

First the writer says, "If we do a spec-for-spec comparison of the Xperia Z3 with the iPhone 6, Apple's handset would certainly lose the direct cage match. The Z3 sports a larger, brighter display with higher resolution, a higher CPU clock count and more RAM memory, plus it has a bigger camera resolution, and more capacious battery." Then he immediately concludes by saying this, " or a more compact device that doesn't give way to the Z3 in any way that counts" What is it with PA & its writers? Why do they hesitate to openly say that the iphone6 has been licked. Faster

13. lowell

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Of course they're bias, they can't accept the fact that iPhone is better in everyday use and runs smoothly with just a lower specs, Apple made that possible because they're better.

29. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Windows Phone runs even better on lower spec devices. Your move.

22. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Its worse at The Verge where they are surrounding the building in nets to catch those writers flinging themselves from open windows.

14. lowell

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

that just how they defend them self, spec is on the second list.apple is about being different, if just to make the user feel unique and different, that's what the craze is all about. android is bland they though.

20. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Apple is about brand, like Prada or such. They used to be about quality above all else then Steve Jobs got sick and died. The shark has definately been jumped where Apple is concerned.

23. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Sony Xperia Z3 for T-Mobile has LTE band 12. Apple iPhone 6 has NO LTE band 12.

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

These articles are killing me! The massive amounts of butt hurt from guys who won't or can't buy an iPhone is just hilarious. Seriously, you guys should crawl out of mom and dad's basement more often and get a job. Coincidentally, that is what the CEOs of most Android OEMs will be doing soon at the rate they are running their companies into the ground in order to move low-margin phones that sell and make no money and high-margin phones that don't sell OR make money.

26. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Right. Go back to watching TMZ in your Kim Kargashian PJs. Your 'Apple makes bags of cash selling over priced stuff to fanboys' isn't winning any arguements in the way you apparently think.

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