Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: which one would you buy?

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: which one would you buy?
So, the Xperia XZ3 is out and it's certainly one of the most unique and progressive Sony flagships to come out for a while. Sure, the XZ2 was first to get its foot through the door into the modern smartphone world, but the XZ3 feels like the proper evolution for Sony. We have an 18:9 ratio, 6-inch OLED screen with curved sides on the front, next to no side bezels, great front-firing stereo speakers, a good camera, and a beautiful and ergonomic glass back.

Oh, also, the Xperia XZ3 costs $899.

But do you know who else had no problem inflating their prices recently? Well, basically everyone, since Apple's $999 experiment turned out to be a success last year... Anyway, we were about to talk about Samsung.

The Galaxy Note 9 is the company's most advanced smartphone to date. It packs a huge battery, a mindboggling amount of features, a sleek design, and that signature S Pen. And it costs $999.

So, we were wondering — if you were about to drop that much money on a smartphone, would you go for the $900 Xperia XZ3 or the $1,000 Galaxy Note 9?

Which of these would you buy?

Sony Xperia XZ3
48.18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
51.82%

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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 Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. miketer

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

That result is very surprising.

6. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Any poll including a Sony phone shouldn't be trusted. Go check any comparison on the web including a Sony phone, then check the comments, the vast majority of the comments will he calling the Sony phone the winner of that comparison. Their online army is always there to fight for them.

7. kabiluddin

Posts: 274; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

and you always get salty seeing the result.

8. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Trust me, I could care less about these polls, I don't even vote to start with. I'm just saying, and this is a fact, that you can out a 3 years old Sony phone against any of the current flagships, and the results would be similar to this.

13. kabiluddin

Posts: 274; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You are not a trustworthy person.

15. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm sorry I hurt your feelings with my opinions.

18. kabiluddin

Posts: 274; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You are not a trustworthy person. You are a liar.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You have my sympathy!!

20. kabiluddin

Posts: 274; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You have my apathy!!

30. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Who cares? In the end Samsung's flagships keep selling like hotcakes when Sony continues to struggle to make a profit. Everybody with a working brain knows this poll wouldn't be the true representation of what will happen in real life. There are tons of Sony fanboys on the internet but they just talk and don't actually own/buy Sony's flagships.

31. miketer

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

That is correct. Their online army is fierce. The co. should take advantage of such loyal fans by releasing more compelling products and spread that supporter across users apart from fans.

33. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Honestly I like the XZ3 better than the Note 9 this time, "why not? Specs are almost similar, both look beautiful but I just need something new!" That's gonna be the average consumer thought process this time. Given Sony as a brand has much more class and quality than Samsung most of the Americans are waiting for something to happen like this awesome Sony Xperiz XZ3.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

XZ3 is a competitor to S9 and maybe S9+, and even this is stretching it (I'd say XZ2 Premium is S9+ competitor). The Note 9 is a productivity powerhouse and Sony has no competitor to it. Also in my region XZ3 is about €200 cheaper than Note 9. Having said that, XZ3 for me because it's essentially an S9 with better Android version.

35. bboysmax

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 15, 2019

I've gotta ask why you think the Note 9 is a productivity powerhouse? Take away the S Pen and the extra 2GB of RAM and you basically have a S9+ or XZ3. I have the Note 9 and really do not see it as this productivity device people rave about. I am tempted to get the XZ3 because it is £200 cheaper here in the UK and I don't believe the Note 9 is worth £200 more!

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I voted for the note 9 because..........it's better!

4. zeropants

Posts: 41; Member since: May 31, 2012

The Note 9 price is always shown at $999 but sales and gift card/cash back are so common, at least in the US, that it's regularly under $900 and sometimes by quite a bit. I purchased mine for $850, and I know someone else that bought at full price but with a $200 gift card.

28. romeo1

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I voted xz3 as its cheaper, stereo front facing speakers and i like the screen a little bit more. Although the note has a bigger screen and more memory the xz3 takes it for me because the price is so much better at the moment. The phone without a contract costs 780-799€. With a contract 480-540€. And in both cases you get a mdr1000xm3 headphone 350-380€ no smartphone beats that deal imo

5. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I would vote for the Sony, but 3330 mAh battery in a body that is 9.9mm thick? Sony could've put a bigger one in there.

9. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In all fairness, you don't need huge batteries with Sony phones, they're known for their superb battrry optimization.

23. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

But this one fares much worse than note 9.

26. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's smaller than the Note 9, of course you won't find a similar battery size in it. It's better compare the XZ3 with the S9.

29. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1232; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Why not give both battery optimization as well as bigger battery and become battery champion, especially with its chubby body? If it came with bigger battery, nobody will complain its near 1cm thickness, imho...

12. Pcworld1976

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

they do not have 9.9mm the edge is 4mm, the 9.9mm are only in the part of the camera

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The camera sticks out about a mm, maybe 1.5mm. It's a damn thick phone for no reason

16. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The camera of the XZ3 doesn't stick out. I own the phone and I can confirm it.

10. Pcworld1976

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

XZ3 destroy note 9 easyhttps://youtu.be/skZ9yEV09UQ BEST camera. BEST performance. BEST sound. BEST update. BEST multimedia. If you want a stick to get your snot out and paint houses and suns, look for the note 9

11. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

what kind of dumbass poll is this. Note 9 beasts in paper specs and software features and includes the stylus. All of these for an extra hundred. And Sony warranty/tech support don't do s**t but want to replace your phone

17. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Software features? Like things that you either don't need or you can download and for that you have to wait 6 months for an update? Maybe Samsung S line still beats marginally the XZ3 in hardware and maybe camera but in software, sorry, there is no comparison. XZ3 all the way.

22. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

nah that exclusive to Samsung stuff. They might be slow for updates, but at least they come out with clean, solid updates. Sony takes forever to update too. And really why are we talking about update Note9 got pie features on Oreo before pie and if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Look what happen to OnePlus and Apple updates. lmao. And series, Sonys offering you s**ttier specs for smaller price, still over priced af. And lets talk canera, capable, but it ain't as smart or featured pack. Samsung hasn't had a lag since 835 with s8. My note noce uses 4/6 gb of ram constantly with 550 of apps. If that was an XZ3, I'll be out of ram already. GTFO here. There's a reason many tech reviewers refer to it as king. It really loves up to the name code name Crown.

25. Pcworld1976

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

stop dreaming!! xz2 is receiving 9.0 and xz series 2017 at the end of the month.you will not see Android 9.0 on a Samsung until 2019 and on your s8 until June 2019, and they always have to stop updates for bugs

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