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Sony Xperia Z3 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8): specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8): specs comparison
Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia Z3, is here and frankly said, it's pretty similar to its predecessor, the Xperia Z2, both in terms of size and hardware. Despite that, specs are not usually what most users covet the most – Sony has kept some of them intact, but has improved the device in general. The Z3 is thinner and more compact than the previous Sony flagship, while maintaining the same display size, but this has resulted in a few compromises in the specs sheet.

We decided to pit the device against two of its more formidable rivals, Apple's still-current champion, the iPhone 5s, and HTC's metal-clad One (M8). Cupertino's finest is getting a little long in the tooth already, but its noteworthy replacement is just around the corner, whereas HTC might wait until next spring for a flagship refreshment. While the advantage in these kind of comparisons usually goes towards the newer device, it's still you who choose which of the smartphones listed below is the clear winner in this specs-centric wrestling match.

Sony Xperia Z3
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Apple iPhone 5s
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8)

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4)iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)Android (6.0, 5.0, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense 6 UI
Dimensions5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)
Weight5.36 oz (152 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
MaterialsMain body: Glass; Accents: MetalMain body: AluminumMain body: Aluminum
Features Fingerprint (touch) 
RuggedWater, Dust resistant Splash resistant
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP 68 IP X3
Physical size5.2 inches4.0 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels640 x 1136 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

424 ppi326 ppi441 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

71.00 %60.82 %66.71 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 500 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera20.7 megapixels8 megapixels4 megapixels
FlashLEDDual LEDDual LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

25 mm29 mm28 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.12 μm1.5 μm2 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensorSapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Dual-camera, Autofocus
Software FeaturesFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingManual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.264H.264, MOVMPEG4
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video callingTime-lapse video, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilizationHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharing
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels5 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-ACApple A7Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8, 64-bitQuad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330PowerVR G6430Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 933 MHz) / LPDDR31 GB RAM (1600 MHz) / LPDDR32 GB RAM / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

16 GB64 GB32 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

3100 mAh1570 mAh2600 mAh
Fast ChargeYes Yes
Talk time14.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time37.1 days (890 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
Talk time (3G) 10.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
Music playback130.00 hours40.00 hours 
Video playback10.00 hours10.00 hours 
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHLTV-outDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLink
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 
LTE (FDD)Bands 28, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25Bands 3, 7, 8, 20
LTE (TDD)Bands 40  
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s

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posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:23

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


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