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

Sony Xperia XZ3 or Samsung Galaxy S9+: which one would you buy?
Sony's latest and greatest phone is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. For one, it's the first Sony flagship to have an AMOLED screen, instead of an LCD one. Secondly, it's curved to the sides — a feature that's rarely found on phones other than Samsung's.

So, naturally, someone might draw comparisons between the XZ3 and Galaxy S9+. But, in reality, these are two very different beasts. Sammy's software is laid thick on top of Android, while Sony takes the “light reskin” approach. The S9+ has a dual camera, while the XZ3 still passed on that feature (though, the XZ2 Premium that launched earlier has it).

The Xperia XZ3 launches for $900 this September. That's around the same price Samsung asked for the S9+ back in March, though, you can get it for $800-something nowadays, or less if you hit a sweet deal.

So, which one would you buy?


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

Sony Xperia XZ3
60.35%
Samsung Galaxy S9+
39.65%

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21 Comments

1. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Iphone for sure.

9. morgeus09

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Hmm why?

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You need a pair of prescription glasses for sure.

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's not only Sony's first OLED screen, but it's Sony's first Daydream VR compatible device. It figures iPhone trolls take the first spots. Besides iPhones actually do a lot less compared to Android smartphones. 100% a fact

2. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

48 votes in and the XZ3 leads 52 - 47 and that's still a huge surprise!! I bet by the end of voting Samsung S9+ will take it. Usually the way it is here anyways...

12. luis.aag90

Posts: 270; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

The ZX3 is still winning 59% vs 41% with 585 votes so far. I still think the S9+ is slightly better for my needs (c'mon Sony, you missed the dual camera), but the ZX3 is the most gorgeous Sony device I've seen in years

15. Feanor

Posts: 1290; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Actually I'd say that the XZ3 is the "standard" flagship model, so its direct competitor is the Galaxy S9, also with single camera, not the S9+. Also according to European pricing the XZ3 is cheaper than the S9+, probably similarly priced to the standard S9, at least when the S9 was new.

3. torr310

Posts: 1618; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

None, wait for S10.

4. cocoy

Posts: 454; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

This time I chose Sony for faster updates and their phones tend to last longer than Samsung based on my experience. Samsung tend to become slower after several updates.

5. Ghost04

Posts: 513; Member since: May 03, 2014

Most important is availability. Sony is hardly available. Where Samsung is everywhere

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It is not Amoled

13. luis.aag90

Posts: 270; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I tought both are QHD+ AMOLEDs

20. yalokiy

Posts: 882; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

P-OLED?

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1203; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Now that screen quality is comparable, I'd go with the Sony for its UI and fast updates.

8. Ellio74

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

As always I'll choose the Sony, but this time even more, this phone is gorgeous!

11. Feanor

Posts: 1290; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Now that Sony Xperia XZ3 is pretty much a Samsung Galaxy S9 with better software, Sony for sure. I was already choosing Sony before because of software, now it is a no brainer.

16. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

If I could choose only these two, I'd buy S9. Strictly because of the headphone jack. I won't buy a phone without it anytime soon.

19. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I want SONY to be back in it's game of top Android OEM.

21. Feanor

Posts: 1290; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's getting there. Already XZ3 is shaping up to be a great handset. My prediction is that the XZ4 will be nearly perfect (only in-display fingerprint scanner will be probably missing).

22. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

RIP Samsung! Your fall will be remember just like nokia and blackberry.

24. zennacko unregistered

Neither, gimme a compact.

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