Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Specs comparison

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Specs comparison
Sony just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone - the Xperia XZ3. You can see what our first impressions are by checking out the hands-on, but here we'll take a look at what the XZ3 is going up against.   

The Xperia XZ3 comes in a segment full with tough competition, that's about to get even tougher with the release of the new iPhones. But even if we ignore them, the Android scene has more than enough premium phones you can choose from. From Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 to the OnePlus 6, you have a wide choice of brands and devices that come at very different prices. Standing out from this crowd is a tall order.

The new Sony flagship receives one major upgrade, compared to the XZ2: the QHD+ OLED display. While this is the first Sony smartphone with an OLED display, it only helps it catch up with the rest of the top dogs in that regard.

We'll need more time with the phone, before it's clear how it fares against the competition, but for now we can at least compare the specs on paper. We chose the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the LG G7 ThinQ, but you can use our phone comparison tool to put it up against any other smartphone you want: Sony Xperia XZ3 vs _____ 

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
5.8 inches
6.1 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2880 pixels
1440 x 2960 pixels
1440 x 3120 pixels

Pixel density

537 ppi
568 ppi
563 ppi

Technology

OLED
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

80.67 %
84.36 %
82.97 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

550 cd/m2 (nit)
 
1000 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

19 megapixels
12 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 30 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.09"; Pixel size: 1 μm

Second camera

 
 
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

 
 
Ultra-wide, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

 
 
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal Length: 16 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.09"; Pixel size: 1 μm

Flash

Dual LED
LED
LED

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, Manual focus, Object tracking, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Scenes, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Manual focus, Object tracking, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Digital image stabilization, Manual focus, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Scenes, Effects, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

13 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.22 x 2.87 x 0.39 inches (158 x 73 x 9.9 mm)
5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 inches (147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm)
6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches (153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm)

Weight

6.81 oz (193 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
5.71 oz (162 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust
Water, Dust
Water, Dust

IP certified

IP 68
IP 68
IP 68

MIL-STD-810 certified

 
 
Yes

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845

Processor

Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 630
Adreno 630

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

OS

Android (9.0 Pie)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo), Samsung One UI
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo)

Battery

Capacity

3330 mAh
3000 mAh
3000 mAh

Talk time

13.30 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
31.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)

Stand-by time

21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
3.4 days (82 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
15.6 days (374 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)

Talk time (3G)

23.80 hours
the average is 23 h (1396 min)
 
 

Stand-by time (3G)

22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 26 days (636 h)
 
 

Stand-by time (4G)

21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 26 days (627 h)
 
 

Internet use

 
 
 

3G

 
11 hours
 

LTE

 
12 hours
 

Wi-Fi

 
14 hours
 

Music playback

84.00 hours
51.00 hours
 

Video playback

11.80 hours
17.00 hours
 

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 71
Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 13, 20, 28, 66

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
Bands 46

UMTS

800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA

 
800, 1900 MHz
800, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE-A Pro Cat 18 (1200/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE-A Pro Cat 18 (1200/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA
LTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

 
Samsung Pay
 

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share
DLNA, Wireless screen share, MirrorLink

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 900
$ 820
 


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