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Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Sony Xperia Z5: specs comparison

Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Sony Xperia Z5: specs comparison
It's that time of the year when the major players on the market have already unveiled their flagships and major top-end devices for the year. Apple just unveiled its 2015 rendition of its iPhone, the iPhone 6s, whereas Samsung has been selling its flagship smartphone for half an year now.Additionally, just a couple of days ago at IFA 2015, Sony showed us its Xperia Z5 forerunner. A rather well-rounded trio indeed.

Unlike the Galaxy S6, which comes with brand new design, the iPhone 6s and the Xperia Z5 come with mostly under-the-hood and feature improvements, while they are still styled after their direct predecessors. Actually, the iPhone 6s brings about one of the more major mid-cycle specs upgrades Apple has ever committed to. The majority of new specs that are on board have been on fans' wishlists for a long time now, and finally Apple succumbed.

Meanwhile, we have two pretty potent offerings in the face of the Galaxy S6 and the Xperia Z5. The first one is certainly a step in the right direction for Samsung, while the Xperia Z5 seems like an able-bodied trooper that might have hindered the Snapdragon 810's overheating issues.

In case you've been wondering, here's how the top-end trio fares specs-wise.

Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Sony Xperia Z5

OSiOS (10.x, 9.x)Android (7.0, 6.0, 5.1, 5.0), TouchWiz UIAndroid (7.1, 7.0, 6.0, 5.1)
Dimensions5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)
Weight5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
5.43 oz (154 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
MaterialsMain body: AluminumMain body: Glass; Accents: AluminumMain body: Glass; Accents: Metal
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch), Touch sensitive control keysFingerprint (touch)
Rugged  Water, Dust resistant
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

  IP 68
Physical size4.7 inches5.1 inches5.2 inches
Resolution750 x 1334 pixels1440 x 2560 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.

326 ppi577 ppi424 ppi

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.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

65.71 %70.48 %71.00 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness500 cd/m2 (nit)  
Camera12 megapixels16 megapixels23 megapixels
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.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)29 mm28 mm24 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.22 μm1.12 μm 
Hardware FeaturesSapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Geo taggingManual focus, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)3840x2160 (4K)
Recording format MPEG4, H.264 
FeaturesTime-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingOptical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video callingContinuous autofocus, Video calling
Front-facing camera5 megapixels5 megapixels5 megapixels
Video capture 2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
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.

Apple A9 APL0898Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994

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.

Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bitOcta-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit, 14 nmOcta-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

PowerVR GT7600 Mali-T760 MP8Adreno 430
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.

2 GB RAM / LPDDR43 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 1600 MHz) / LPDDR43 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 1600 MHz) / LPDDR4
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

128 GB128 GB32 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

  microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

1715 mAh2550 mAh2900 mAh
Fast Charge YesYes
Wireless charging Built-in 
Talk time  13.16 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
 21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Talk time (3G)14.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  22.5 days (540 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
Stand-by time (4G)  20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
Internet use   
3G10 hours10 hours 
LTE10 hours12 hours 
Wi-Fi11 hours12 hours 
Music playback50.00 hours57.00 hours87.00 hours
Video playback11.00 hours13.00 hours8.70 hours
Screen mirroring DLNA, Wireless screen shareDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLink

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 Bands 38, 40
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPALTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTSLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Mobile PaymentApple PaySamsung Pay 
Shopping information
MSRP price€ 959 / $ 849€ 899 

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posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:19 8

1. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Xperia Z5 premium for me!

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:45 1

6. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

SD 810?
IP 68 is great, though.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 16:06 2

10. Xperia14 (Posts: 913; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)

Yes, it comes with the SD810. And it does a great job judging from the hands-on video's how blazingly fast the Z5 is.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 16:42

13. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

for real 326ppi the gear s2 is 302ppi
wow thats gotta be hard to look at ?
well i like the way the software is going but now they need a better phone design and more open platform,

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:28 4

2. pixelated (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 May 2015)

Apple still doesn't know how slim down the bezels!!!

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:30 5

3. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 356; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

Xperia Z5 all the way, but still worried about the 810 though.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:34 5

4. xdza1979 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

Galaxy S6 is the phone to beat.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 16:43

14. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

i would say the galaxy s7 is to beat its only gonna get better for us phone tech buyers, as long as apple stops law suits its a battle on who can bring the next best thing each time.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:42

5. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 409; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

How much Ram then?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:51 1

7. combatmedic870 (Posts: 913; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)

Kinda of Unless if you don't know the specs...

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:58 7

8. pixelated (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 May 2015)

S6 & Z5 both have taken huge leap. But this iSheep's candy is just......

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 16:05 3

9. Shocky (unregistered)

Specs comparison with half the specs missing..

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 16:16

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 24447; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I need a ram confirmation please PhoneArena. I also need a confirmation on split view slide over, and picture-in-picture please.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 17:14 2

16. FluffyBled (Posts: 541; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

I think if there was an additional GB of RAM apple would have included it in the "show"!

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 16:23 3

12. Xperia14 (Posts: 913; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)

The f**k. the 16gb iPhone 6s costs €850 while the Xperia Z5 costs €700...

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 17:08

15. emperius (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

No comparison, really. Very disparaged.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:51

17. yonith (Posts: 173; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Meh I'd still take the Galaxy S6. Funny thing is that the S7 really isn't that far away...

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 21:16

18. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

i would rather get iphone 6s and wait till the s7 arrives .

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 22:29

19. thariq (Posts: 29; Member since: 11 Jan 2014)

Funny thing is
Not user Yes. No. Yes

Not user
Replaceable Yes. Yes. Yes

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 05:54

20. knoxred (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)

The Z5 Premium will be generating a lot of buzz

posted on 12 Oct 2015, 03:33

21. SundovChildress (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)

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posted on 22 Oct 2015, 22:56

22. PepperShawn (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)

Easily transfer contacts, photos and SMS messages from Android smartphones to Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge


posted on 02 Nov 2015, 21:36

23. SundovChildress (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)

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