Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Ascend Mate: specs comparison of the Goliaths

Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Ascend Mate: specs comparison of the Goliaths
It is quite evident that Sony's newly-announced Xperia Z Ultra phablet literally dwarfs the competition, but not in size only, as was the case with the Galaxy Mega 6.3, but specswise as well.

Still, it is worth staging a battle of the Goliaths, or the phones with 6"+ displays, to show who's who in this up and coming market niche. If you are wondering where is the Galaxy Note II phablet - well, at 5.5" it is literally overshadowed by these monsters, and the Note 3 with its rumored larger display seems to be a batter fit for a comparison when it gets announced.

Right off the bat we notice how much thinner the Xperia Z Ultra is than even the 8 mm Mega 6.3. At 6.5 mm it is the thinnest Full HD smartphone out there, and also just a tad heavier than the other two, despite the much larger screen, the glass chassis and the metal fram around the Triluminous display, which also has the largest pixel density of them all.

Design superiority aside, the Z Ultra also emerges victorious when it comes to sheer horsepower, with its 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, which will be melting the benchmark charts very soon. The only disadvantages it has before the other two is the lack of LED flash, and the smaller battery, which, however, is still able to provide above average endurance results, and even record audio playback at 120 uninterrupted hours. 

When we add the ability for direct screen input with a regular pen or even a pencil, rather than a need for a dedicated stylus, the Z Ultra is clearly the winner here, despite that we don't have yet the all-important pricing scheme. What do you think?



DESIGN



OSAndroid (4.2.2)Android (4.2) Nature UX UIAndroid (4.1.2) Emotion UI


Dimensions7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 inches (179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm)6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches (167.6 x 88 x 8 mm)6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches (163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm)
Weight7.48 oz (212 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
7.02 oz (199 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
6.98 oz (198 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
RuggedWater (Water), Dust proof  
ColorsBlack, Purple, White Black, White
DISPLAY
Physical size6.4 inches6.3 inches6.1 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
342 ppi233 ppi241 ppi
Technology
TFTTFTSuper IPS+ LCD
BATTERY
Talk time11.00 hours
the average is 11 h (650 min)
  
Stand-by time22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 19 days (446 h)
  
Talk time (3G)14.00 hours
the average is 10 h (584 min)
  
Stand-by time (3G)22.1 days (530 hours)
the average is 24 days (566 h)
 9.0 days (216 hours)
the average is 24 days (566 h)
Stand-by time (4G)21.2 days (510 hours)
the average is 13 days (300 h)
  
Music playback120.00 hours  
Video playback5.50 hours  
Capacity3000 mAh3200 mAh4050 mAh
Type Li - Ion 
HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260
Processor
Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Dual core, 1700 MHzQuad core, 1500 MHz
Graphics processorAdreno 330YesYes
System memory
2048 MB RAM1536 MB RAM2048 MB RAM
Built-in storage16 GB8 GB16 GB
Maximum User Storage11 GB  
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC
CAMERA
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels8 megapixels
Flash LEDLED
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerAuto focus, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Scenes, EffectsAuto focus, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Night mode, Scenes, Effects
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)Yes1920x1080 (1080p HD)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Picture-taking during video recordingVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera2 megapixels1.9 megapixelsOther

CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth4.04.04.0, EDR
Wi-FiYes802.11 a, b, g, n, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspotYesYesYes
Wi-Fi Direct YesYes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
HDMIvia microUSBvia microUSB 
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, InfraredDLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

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Xperia Z Ultra
  • Display 6.4 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Display 6.3 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Ascend Mate
  • Display 6.1 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1 MP front
  • Hardware Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 4050 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
    Huawei Emotion UI

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