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Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: specs battle

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: specs battle
At this point, it seems that Sony's 6-month production cycle is not affecting the hardware department of its flagship smartphones in a good way – the newly-unveiled Xperia Z3 is just a minor upgrade to the Xperia Z2 in some areas, and even a subtle downgrade in others, which is not something to fancy. However, the improvements amp up the game of Sony's current flagship and make it an even bigger rival to Samsung's current forerunner, the Galaxy S5.

That said, it will be more than curious to see what the differences between the two most recent Xperia flagships are. You can do so by comparing the specs sheets of both devices a little below. Oh, and we've also included the previously-mentioned Galaxy S5 for a good measure.

So, is the Xperia Z3 a worthy successor to the Xperia Z2? Drop a line below and tell us!

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

Sony Xperia Z2
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

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

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4)Android (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)Android (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), TouchWiz UI
Dimensions5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
Weight5.36 oz (152 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
MaterialsMain body: Glass; Accents: MetalMain body: GlassMain body: Plastic
Features  Fingerprint (swipe), Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers
RuggedWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust 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 68IP 58IP 67
Physical size5.2 inches5.2 inches5.1 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 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 ppi424 ppi432 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 %69.17 %69.76 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera20.7 megapixels20.7 megapixels16 megapixels
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 mm 31 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 μm1.12 μm1.12 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensorAutofocus, CMOS image sensorAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)3840x2160 (4K)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.264MPEG4, 3GPPMPEG4, H.264
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video callingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels2.2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p 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-ACQualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-ABQualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC

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 400Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2500 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 330Adreno 330Adreno 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) / LPDDR33 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / 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 GB16 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, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, 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 mAh3200 mAh2800 mAh
Fast ChargeYes  
Wireless charging OptionalOptional
Talk time14.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time37.1 days (890 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
Talk time (3G) 19.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
Music playback130.00 hours120.00 hours67.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours10.00 hours13.00 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHLDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkMHL
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 28, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 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 Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

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posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:54

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Ok good. Z3 is actually quite good with that new camera lens and the design actually looks good. Still, more than happy with the Z2 :) And High-resolution audio

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:01

2. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

Practically identical...Why is there a need for Z2 owners to upgrade to the Z3? Both are great phones and STILL will whip the iCHUMP6a,bs,t,u,v, et al.!

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:13

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

No need to upgrade. Personally I think there's no need upgrading phones any more often than 2 years.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:55

4. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


posted on 03 Sep 2014, 12:09

5. TruthSpeaker (unregistered)

Happy Z2 owner here.
The 6 month refresh may not make sense to some, but ask HTC where their sales go after 6 months (an the answer is down the tubes)

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 18:01

6. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Ok guess I'm gonna pick this one up to. I like to buy phones. like 2 a year. I work hard, pay my child support so yup.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 10:02

7. Sealblaighter (Posts: 307; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

The specs about the Z3 are not accurate. The Z3 will be available in 32 GB version too.

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