Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4: specs comparison
This morning, Sony announced its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3+. Known in Japan as the Xperia Z4, the device represents an incremental improvement over its predecessor that seems to be more of a stopgap measure than a true technological disruptor. This doesn't mean that the Z3+ doesn't pack some serious power under its shiny metal and glass hood. 

Sony remained faithful to Qualcomm and went on to power the device with the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC which features an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 430 GPU. There are 3GB of RAM inside, and on the back panel, you'll find a 20.7MP snapper. Additionally, a smaller battery unit allowed Sony to cut the thickness of the phone to a svelte 6.9mm down from 7.3mm.

Here's how all of this undoubtedly premium goodness compares to the latest flagships in the Android starfleet, the Samsung Galaxy S6 & the LG G4.

Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4

Display

Size

5.2 inches
5.1 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

70.88 %
70.48 %
72.46 %

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992

Processor

Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 20 nm

GPU

Adreno 430
Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 418

RAM

3GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
128GB, not expandable
32GB

OS

Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), LG UX UI

Battery

Capacity

2930 mAh
2550 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Fast charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1116 min)
 
18.50 hours
the average is 19 h (1116 min)

Stand-by time

24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

 
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1381 min)
 

Internet use

 
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
 

Music playback

91.00 hours
57.00 hours
 

Video playback

9.70 hours
13.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20.7 MP
16 MP
16 MP

Features

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor
OIS, Laser autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; 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), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
 
 

Features

HDR, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS, Video calling
OIS, HDR, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 MP
5 MP
8 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.83 x 0.27 inches (146.3 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm)
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.86 x 3.00 x 0.39 inches (148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm)

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (179 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (179 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (179 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
 
 

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (touch)
 

Features

 
Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light, Interchangeable covers


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32 Comments

57. Arkendu

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I DID some research and I found....Samsung s6 better... Samsung :If you want deep blacks, vibrant colors, and great battery life, AMOLED is the panel you’ll probably be most happy with. LG and Sony: .If you want bright whites, daylight readability, and sharp text and images, IPS is likely a betterfit. BUT WHICH MATTER MOST IS THERE PROCESSOR. Samsung s6 with its exynos Mali-T760 MP8 is better and has higher frequency tHan Sony z3 snapDragon 810 and also SD810 Has heating problem. bcoz of its aluminium back in samsung its helps in not lettting the phone gets too hot. I didnt compare there battery backup and want to know r there battery removable or not and does samsung s6 has external card slot for storage expansion ir not???

48. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

LG, why did you make such a thick phone?! Sony managed to fit a battery similar in size in their phones!

50. hasapi

Posts: 8; Member since: May 05, 2015

I have a G3 and this is one of my complaint of the G4 - its thicker, should have been thinner than the G3 - they put a 808 in and still couldnt make it thinner?. I like the new Sony - I dont know why people want more - I think they should follow Apple and make each specification better. Im tempted by this phone or even the Huawei P8, im just used to a 5.5" screen - so I dont have to upgrade till later in the year.

51. g2a5b0e unregistered

What does the SoC they used have to do with how thick the phone is? You literally just showed how little you know about tech with that comment.

44. oister85 unregistered

Phonearena what about the ir blaster feature?

43. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

If the price is around the €700 it will be way to expensive. But man i got to say it looks really really good. Samsung did a great job improving their looks but imo nowhere near sony

38. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

when Sony's real flagship coming?? waiting for it and i love Samsung and Lg too :-)

36. aReefer

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I like the Sony's. They have good quality hardware and engineering. Their only failure is software, and since they have Android, that isn't an issue for their phones. I also upgrade my phones very rarely, so a rugged 'life-proof' phone is also important to me. I see frequent phone updates as a bad investment, so I'd want it to last. "Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten" as someone once said. Also, frankly, I don't trust the software in Chinese phones. Too many security issues - and some of them intentional.

20. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Despite the fact that the Z3+ is such a conservative release, it still holds well against the S6 and the competition; the S6 wins in screen and camera, but not by a big margin, whereas the Z3+ wins most likely in battery life, waterproofing, digital noise cancellation. I also prefer the cleaner, uncluttered, close to stock Android interface. No need for Sony to call it quits just as yet.

29. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If Z3+ camera quality is good or on par with G4 then samsung just gave away their trump card for picturecentric people. Especially that none expandable storage, asked Samsung booths and they said no 128gb model will be available for our country so sd cards are real life savers for 4k recorders.

19. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Based on my country's after tax pricing from authorized dealers: Z3+: around $835 S6 32gb: $1000 G4: $785 (plus 32gb sd card on pre launching) Damn samsung, you're making it easy for people to cross you out.

22. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Haha, and people say that Sony's problem is high pricing. Which is really not true anymore. That was in the 80's. :-))

13. iBoss

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Sony is the best!

14. JAPANESEPATRIOT

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2015

Absolutely.

55. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

That's not true. It's correct about approximate on Specifications but about the price and same Specifications. Do you think can sony sales this phone out ??

12. waddup121 unregistered

The battery life gonna be good with this.

8. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Z3+ for me... Better looking .. Better battery life .. Water and dust proof .. 2 front speakers , adreno 430 + snp810 ..noise concelling ..:)

11. gaming64 unregistered

ENtirely subjective but I agree with you. Totally gonna get the Z3+ if I have the money.

31. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Sony smartphones are quite expensive here. I might go for the G4 instead (if they priced it like last year's G3).

54. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, what makes you think it's going to have the best battery, sd810 as done very bad in battery and it's had a downgrade,

5. gaming64 unregistered

I wuld put aside Quad HD dispay for battery life. My eyes wont even know the diff. between Quad HD and HD but I guess it would depend upon other people.

24. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Different came with me,I can very easily differentiate between a QHD and HD screen.

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Me too but again battery is much more important for me

49. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But still the video playback timing is shown more on s6 despite of QHD compared to z3+

53. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The battery power as nothing to do with the screen when it comes to Samsung as they use oled, the higher the res the less battery it will use

32. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Quad HD displays seem to become overly saturated when I look at them. I've seen S5, S6, and G3, and I don't like how the colors are getting burned by the pixel density. iPhone 6+ display is still the best screen quality for me.

37. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yeah, for you the iPhone 6+ has the best screen, but the whole world knows Samsung s6 and note 4 screen is king.

56. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

King of colors shifting, yellowish white (S6 and S6 edge), Pinikish white (Note 4).

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This is coming from somebody who has been hyper critical of Samsung: Samsung's product is so much better than what the competition is putting out that it's embarrassing.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

No its not, Snapdragon is the one to blame and engineers that made 810 should be fired lol

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