Surprise? Sony beats Samsung in our latest popularity contest (Poll Results)

Surprise? Sony beats Samsung in our latest popularity contest (Poll Results)
So, Sony's latest flagship is definitely something to behold. No more blocky shapes and out-of-date looks. The Xperia XZ3 has a curved display, nice ergonomic arches all around, and thin bezels (yes, even the top and bottom ones are not gargantuan).

With its size and pricing, it can be called a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S9+. So, we thought we'd ask you which of the two phones you would buy.

With 1730 votes on the poll, we have a victory for Sony — 60 to 40. It's worth noting that, just over a month ago, we held a poll for Xperia XZ2 Premium vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which Sony also won (though, by a hair).

Of course, there's a difference between opinion polls like "would you buy" and actual sales. But still, could mean Sony is on a bounceback. Could it?

Sony Xperia XZ3 or Samsung Galaxy S9+: which one would you buy?

Sony Xperia XZ3
60.35%
Samsung Galaxy S9+
39.65%

Related phones

Xperia XZ3
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(23.8h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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31 Comments

1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 679; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

It's funny because the S9+ will outsell the XZ3 by a factor of at least 20:1 when it's all said & done. Just goes to show how worthless these polls are.

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No one claimed this poll to be indicative of the actual sales nor a reflection of the general consumer. It's just what PA's readers like better (and yes, even Samsung haters would rather have anything non-Samsung). I voted for the Xperia as well, as they are both quite similar but the Xperia having the edge for me with its cleaner and faster UI and faster updates, and I think that's an important selling point for a lot of techies here. But am I going to buy the phone? Probably not, as I'm waiting for the Mate 20 Pro or LG V40.

19. Venom

Posts: 3429; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's because the S9 is the better phone. The X23 isn't unlocked like the S9 and it only has 4 gigs of ram compared to the 6 gigs found on the S9+.

29. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

There is a version of the XZ3 that has the same amount of RAM. It is unlocked like the S9+.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This polls is more like "Samsung's fans" vs "people who just dont want Samsung win this polls"

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I guess it helps when anyone can vote. I mean how many of those Sony votes are from the Apple faithful? we know they could never choose Samsung, nor could they with hold a chance to have Samsung lose a poll

3. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That might be the case, but Sony's army on the web is like a cult, I remember few years ago, there was a similar poll on PA with an iPhone included, the Sony phone was losing badly, next day, I woke up and the Sony phone had more votes than the iPhone and whatever Samsung phone was included COMBINED. Apparently, someone mentioned the poll in one of Sony's forums and they decided the outcome after that. Go watch any Sony vs whatever phone review on YT, and you will get my point.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Now that you mention it, I do remember a few months back there was someone who consistently praised Sony in every article they could even if it didn't involve SONY in any way.

9. yalokiy

Posts: 964; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That was Ciro..I wonder what happened to him.

30. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

I'm not really in favor of anyone here in particular but the XZ3 is a big step away from the crappy older phones Sony used to make. Its a big step up that is directly challenging Samsung, especially with its better JDI OLED screen.

8. Foxgabanna

Posts: 589; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I mean but what if the Sony phone is actually better than the S9+ tho?

11. yalokiy

Posts: 964; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Depends on what you are after.

31. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

It is if you want the best smartphone OLED screen in the world and if you want faster updates.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4124; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why is the comparison against a6 month old phone rather than the note?

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 679; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The Note isn't really positioned against the XZ3. That would be a spot more for the XZ2 Premium.

17. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

the xz3 is priced closer to the note 9 than the s9+ so they positioned it weather sony intended that or not

18. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 679; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's not true where I am. Note 9: $1000 XZ2 Premium: $1000 XZ3: $900 S9+: $840 These are all base model MSRP.

24. deleon629

Posts: 453; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

EBay s9+ average unlocked/brand_new: $650 USD

25. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 679; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's fine, but that's not the official price.

28. ibrar1996

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

After 2 months s9+ and xz3 will have same 650$ ebay price

12. Elvis358

Posts: 222; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

How I Love to read all Samsung fanboys trying to be "funny" and upset! They just can't accept that Samsung is losing:D Sony XZ3 is definitely better than Samsung Galaxy s9+

14. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 679; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm not a fanboy of either company, but Samsung sells the most smartphones of any company & makes billions. Sony has less than 1% market share & is in the red every quarter. Who's really losing here?

32. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Having the best phone doesn't mean you will sell the most. Especially Sony who has terrible marketing and zero carrier relations. People buy Samsung phones because they can get it on a contract (critical point) and pay it off over time. Most people go on contracts for phones instead of buying it outright. Those who buy phones outright are a more limited market and even they are more exposed to Samsung due to much better marketing. Its a harsh reality Sony needs to learn if they want to keep up with Samsung.

13. almostdone

Posts: 443; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Shame since most who voted are not real customers otherwise Sony mobile division wouldn't be doing so badly.

15. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Sony designs are the best. Not surprised.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1553; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

On a website full of Samsung hating Apple trolls, most of those Sony votes are probably iOS users that would never buy a Sony or Samsung.

20. smguk

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Sony wins in Polls but not much else lol

21. D34ever

Posts: 225; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Except these so called Sony fans don't actually put their $$ where the mouths are. Sony will NEVER outsell Samsung.

22. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

They already did in the past. There is always a chance for it to happen again.

23. deleon629

Posts: 453; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I was thinking the exact same thing... How can we even trust these numbers if average consumers (on a mass scale) either don't have access to a Sony device or, even if they did, would most likely go for a Samsung phone because major carriers will, well...most likely push Samsung?

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