Sony Xperia Z vs HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z vs HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
With the just-announced Xperia Z, Sony pulled the trigger on a Full HD smartphone, which HTC did with the Droid DNA, and Samsung hasn't done yet, yet its Galaxy S III keeps delivering sales backed in so small part by the company's larger-than-life reputation in smartphones now.

That's why we are running the three against each other in the specs list table below for easier comparison. As you can spot from a distance, the Xperia Z has every chance to become the hit Android device after it launches this quarter, at least until phones like the eventual Galaxy S IV or Optimus G2 start flaunting their stuff.

The Z is almost as compact as the Galaxy S III, and smaller than the Droid DNA, despite its waterproof certification, microSD card slot availability and glass chassis construction. It weighs only slightly more than the two, yet is built out of premium materials as it fits for a high-end smartphone, instead of the polycarbonate plastic used for HTC's and Samsung's handsets.

Sony's new flagship also has the largest battery capacity of those three, but 3rd party endurance tests will show its true performance. The same thing goes for the 13 MP Exmor RS camera on the back of the Xperia Z, which will be judged by its first sample pictures and videos. While it can be reasonably expected it won't be worse in the typical scenarios than the modules in the Galaxy S III or the Droid DNA, it certainly sports a unique feature they don't, with its hardwired HDR video recording capabilities.

All in all, with the Xperia Z announcement Sony seems to have climbed on top of the brand-name Android smartphone crowd, and, barring any significant hiccups in battery and camera tests, is likely to stay there at least for the first half of the year.

DESIGN
Samsung Galaxy S IIISony Xperia ZHTC Droid DNA
OSAndroid (4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UIAndroid (4.1.2)Android (4.1.1) Sense 4+ UI
Dimensions5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)5.55 x 2.78 x 0.38 inches (141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm)
Weight4.69 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (124 g)
5.15 oz (146 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (124 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (124 g)
Side KeysLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key Right: Volume control
Rugged Water (Water), Dust proof 
IP certified IP 57 
ColorsBlack, Brown, Pink, Blue, Red, White, Gray  
DISPLAY
Physical size4.80 inches5 inches5 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
306 ppi441 ppi441 ppi
Technology
Super AMOLEDTFTS-LCD 3
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
BATTERY
Talk time22.50 hours
the average is 9 h (554 min)
11.00 hours
the average is 9 h (554 min)
12.80 hours
the average is 9 h (554 min)
Stand-by time34.6 days (830 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
14.7 days (353 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
Talk time (3G)11.60 hours
the average is 8 h (483 min)
  
Stand-by time (3G)32.1 days (770 hours)
the average is 19 days (467 h)
  
Capacity2100 mAh2330 mAh2020 mAh
HARDWARE
System chip
Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
Processor
Quad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitQuad core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorARM Mali-400/MP4Adreno 320Adreno 320
System memory
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR22048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / DDR2
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB16 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB 
CAMERA
Camera8 megapixels, Immobile13.1 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.6 F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent)  28mm
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
FeaturesVideo calling, Digital image stabilizationVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.9 megapixels2.2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)

TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz700 MHz Class 17
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Micro SIMYes Yes
Global RoamingYesYes 
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, Glonass, E911
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation, Points of interest (POI)YesTurn-by-turn navigation

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