Sony Xperia Z3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: specs comparison
It's a pretty interesting day today, isn't it? Not only Samsung announced the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 4, Sony also treated us to its newest champion, the Xperia Z3. That said, it is pretty hard to abstain from comparing both of these spic and span devices in both the hardware and the size departments. That's why we decided to put both devices in the ring and sound the gong. Yes, the Galaxy Note 4 might be playing in a different category, but the Sony Xperia Z3 has the potential to hit it under the belt once or twice, right?

As the Xperia Z3 is just a minor upgrade from the Xperia Z2, it doesn't have much to woo us with. Its processor is slower than the mighty Snapdragon 805 in Samsung's newest phablet, but at least both devices are endowed with the same amount of RAM aboard – 3GB. We have to mention that the Xperia Z3 flaunts a bigger camera sensor at its back, but then again, this doesn't mean that it will produce overall better photos than the Note 4.

The Xperia Z3 will also have to stand against LG's flagman, the G3, in a heated battle against a bigger portion of the market. So, let's check out how these three titans fare against each other, at least specs-wise.

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

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


Sony Xperia Z3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3

Display

Display size

5.2 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density

424 ppi
515 ppi
538 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

71.00 %
74.39 %
75.22 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20.7 megapixels
16 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Laser autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization

Front

2.2 megapixels
3.7 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)
5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
6.21 oz (176 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.26 oz (149 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
 
 

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys, Notification light
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 5433
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC

Processor

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 20 nm
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Mali-T760 MP6
Adreno 330

RAM

3 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2)

Battery

Capacity

3100 mAh
3220 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Yes
 

Talk time

14.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
 
19.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

37.1 days (890 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
 
22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
23.0 days (553 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)

Music playback

130.00 hours
82.00 hours
 

Video playback

10.00 hours
14.00 hours
 

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14 Comments

2. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Can't believe I'm saying this, but Samsung might actually have won in the Camera dept. this round.

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

this round? they've always been the best imo.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

even with 13mp in note 3, they were competing with sony's 20mp

4. oborawatabinost

Posts: 45; Member since: May 18, 2014

Sony wins camera for me in irl pictures on a balanced display. Personal preference.

5. marlowe10011

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

I am not yet sure but samsung's camera is really fake and deceitful on what it really needs to capture; the real appearance of the subject is adulterated and tarnished. Increasing the contrast and saturation which is disturbing the originality of the subject

6. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

sure.

7. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Cool story eh..

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yup! it is fake, it is actually a kids toy camera which has built in cats, dogs, zebra, elephant etc... right? however, it is quite ironic that no one ever noticed it before you

13. Hrngg

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

I'm on your side!! Totally agreed! Samsung's camera always take blur pictures, whereas Sony's produces a better and nicer picture.

8. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Z3 Is smaller and slimmer yet still packs 3100 mah battery. Z3 C packing a 2600 mah in a compact body. good work sony !! but E3 is just worst, 137 mm × 69 Mm for a 4.5" display. Loll……What's that sony ???

11. marlowe10011

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

Well what can note 4 do draw, write take pictures what else? It is boring already atleast in z3 you can play ps4 games connected to your PS4 controller. Poor samsung you do not have console to play hehe because it is from Sony. If you are a Sony hater never buy any sony product even Playstation. Withal, xperia z3 has the best technology for music enthusiasts but note 4 will just write and draw again.

12. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Go get some sleep? :)

14. Hrngg

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

And somemore Samsung just copied Sony's water resistance!! Sony is the FIRST to produce a water resistant smartphone :)

15. can_lah

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Xperia3 and Note 4 serve slightly different priorities. To laugh at Samsung becos they are copying Sony is naive becos Samsung copied the iphone, came up with the phablet format and carve a significant piece of the market for themselves in the market with bigger screens, both on the S and Note series. Be flattered to be copied but don't rest on your laurels becos the one that copied you wants to surpass you, and they have deep enough pockets and desire to do that.

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