Specs Wars: iPhone 5S vs Xperia Z1 vs Galaxy Note 3

Specs Wars: iPhone 5S vs Xperia Z1 vs Galaxy Note 3
We've witnessed a series of awesome smartphones get announced these last few days. Last week we had IFA 2013, where Sony unveiled its new flagship, the Xperia Z1, while Samsung introduced the third iteration of its phablet series - the Note 3. As hot as these device are, though, there's a phone that can easily steal any other handset's thunder, and that's the iPhone. With today's introduction of the colorful iPhone 5C and the flagship iPhone 5S, Apple has once again turned the spotlight in its direction.

However, being the diehard nerds that we are, we are by no means going to stop talking about those large-screened Android flagships anytime soon. At the same time, though, we're utterly interested in Apple's latest invention as well. So, how about we combine all these topics into a single post? Let's throw a specs comparison party, where we can examine each and every feature of the Apple iPhone 5S, Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - side by side. We realize that probably each of these three devices fits in a slightly different product category, but hey, it's more than certain that there will soon be tons of users out there who will find themselves choosing between these products, as different as they are. So, why don't we make it easier for them, then? Here's a quick specs comparison featuring the three smartphones, but if you'd like to go even more in-depth, just follow this link for our full specs comparison.


OSiOS (7)Android (4.2.2)Android (4.3)
Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Body materialAluminium  
Design featuresFingerprint sensor S Pen
Rugged Water (Water), Dust proof 
IP certified IP 58 

Physical size4.0 inches5.0 inches5.7 inches
Resolution640 x 1136 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi441 ppi386 ppi
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 
Peak brightness500 cd/m2 (nit)  

Talk time 13.83 hours
the average is 11 h (650 min)
Stand-by time 36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 18 days (444 h)
Talk time (3G)10.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
Stand-by time (3G)10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
Stand-by time (4G) 31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 13 days (300 h)
Music playback40.00 hours110.00 hours 
Video playback10.00 hours5.50 hours 
Capacity 3000 mAh3200 mAh
Not user replaceableYes  

System chip
Apple A7 with 64-bit architectureQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
 Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorYesAdreno 330Adreno 330
System memory
2048 MB RAM2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR33072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage 16 GB32 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC up to 64 GB

Camera8 megapixels20.7 megapixels13 megapixels
Aperture sizeF2.2F2.0 
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 27mm 
Camera sensor size 1/2.3" 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Picture-taking during video recordingDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video lightDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus

GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE700 MHz Class 13, 700 MHz Class 17, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz 
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

Scheduled release
20 Sep 2013 (Official)September 2013 (Official)25 Sep 2013 (Official)



1. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

not even close to the Z1 and the Note 3... a little shyp compared to two wolves..

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Please don't embarrass beasts Note 3 and Z1 by comparing it with the 5same

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

of course the Iphone stays the same when it comes to design.

35. jupabalo98

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I always prefer el fan-made iphone models but we always get the same crap jaja. R.I.P apple iphone 2013 Thumbs up for Xperis z1 it has many more things than the galaxy note 3 ( i had been in IFA BERLIN) i can tell xperia Z1 absolutely braeks the barriers of what was known as a phone into some thing else

24. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Youll think otherwise when the benchmarks are released.

32. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

i doubt iphone 5s has 2 gb ram , i think it is a mistake .

37. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And the author left out connectivity in which the iPhone is owned by Z1 and Note 3... iPhone still lacks NFC and... Z1 has MHL, WiFi ac, Miracast, DLNA, MSC... along the regular stuffs Note 3 has MHL, WiFi ac, DLNA, infrared... along with regular stuff

61. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

The iphone doesn't even have NFC in its system yet they patented it.

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Based on size, I would get the 5S. Based on specs and software, I would get the Note 3. Z1... Meh.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Z1 has the best camera on the Android front. Period.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, but the camera doesn't make the phone, any hardcore Nokia fanboy would completely deny that though. I don't like Sony's designs that much, and their software isn't all that great. Plus the bezels are rather large, even if it does have something to do with the water proofing of the device, I don't care for it. Sony devices lately just haven't been appealing to me.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You basically summed up what I've been saying for the past few months about Sony. Everything was literally spot on. +1

21. Dr.Tom

Posts: 47; Member since: May 11, 2013

If you want to talk about HUGE BEZELS, lets just stop at any iPhone. Its the King of Bezels. PERIOD! Those bezels are just massive. The Moto X is the same size as the iPhone but its got a real screen at 4.7 inchs. I dont like Sony phone much either, but they\'re primo high quality devices with great cameras. Thats starting to sound like the iphone! Not good for Apple-they took a Nap and just give us the same phone with minor improvements!

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The iPhone may have moderate bezels on it, but it has a small screen, so it's still manageable. The newer Xperia devices not only have large bezels, but also large displays, making them very unwieldy. Also, the Moto X and iPhone 5/5S are NOT the same size, the Moto X is more than .2" bigger in both height and width. The iPhone 5S was the biggest "S" improvement in all of Apple history. Double CPU and GPU power (plus OpenGL ES 3.0 capable), double the RAM, fingerprint scanner, and majorly improved camera (mostly in low light). Plus it came with the release of the biggest change to iOS in 6 years. This is the biggest step forward Apple has ever taken.

38. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I actually agree with this comment, though I do like Sony's design and they have a lot of variety while keeping their own signature... this iPhone is the greatest leap that Apple has taken yet... but is still behind the competition in terms of features and specs (this is what the article is about)

40. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, it probably won't be behind in specs. We haven't seen any benchmarks yet, but they have caught up with all modern flagships (except the Note 3) in RAM. Double the GPU performance would put it well over the Adreno 320, which is used by many flagships, and it may come close to Adreno 330 scores. Same for the CPU, double the performance would put it about on par (maybe slightly ahead) of Snapdragon 600 powered devices. All of that power running iOS, you can guarantee this will be absolutely lag free. As for screen resolution, it's not the super high res panels on the One or GS4, but that just means better performance. If it's going to surpass the Adreno 320 in performance, having a sub-720p panel will make it run everything perfectly; my Droid Mini (720p, Adreno 320) already runs all the games on the Play Store perfectly (at least the ones I have). As long as it's over 300 ppi it shouldn't bother anyone. iOS 7 is still lacking features, but that can only improve with time. I have faith in Apple now, they brought a very good hardware upgrade to the 5 and actually CHANGED iOS. Apple is under new management and a new software designer, but you have to give it about 2 years for them to have complete control over the company, Steve Jobs was always planning ahead. I expect the iPhone 6 to be a huge change.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Design - iPhone 5S Camera - Z1 Features - Note 3 Battery Life - Note 3 Display - user preference Overall winner? Note 3/Z1 (user dependent)

14. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Not even in design the same old one since the 4 was released jst stretched a bit, hope the Z1 mini will feature the same specs as the original Z1.

22. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

The 4 had stainless steel and glass in the back so no, ot the same design, the 5 is the same tough, just different colors, things did get an upgrade, in camera, flash, fingerprint sensor, thats about it when it comes to hardware, anything else we already knew, which was the software changes announced 3 months ago. The Z1 is a great device, dont know when it will hit US shores, the locked version is kind of pricy, at least the one from negrielectronics, and is for pre-order, will have to wait and see what happens.

62. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you're right on the design part.

5. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

\"not user replaceable: Yes\" lol PA, you seem to give the impression that this is a good thing.

39. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"As hot as these device are (Note 3 and Z1), though, there's a phone that can easily steal any other handset's thunder, and that's the iPhone" The whole article is a joke.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Galaxy Note 3 wins on every spec level. PhoneArena fails to mention, by iEmbarrassment, that that 64 bit processor is at most Dual-Core, while the other two are Quad-Core. Also, the battery is the Same that is why the mAh is not listed. And, that iFingerprint sensor will break in less than a year .. lol. Screen resolution greater on Note 3. Lastly, the screen size on the iPhone 5Same is Medium - it should be corrected because it is Small by todays standards.

50. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Don't be sure cause i saw lot of youtube videos about Note 3. Unfortunately it's still lag with all these massive hardware.

7. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

haha again comedy ..comparing iphone with note 3.

28. Dr.Tom

Posts: 47; Member since: May 11, 2013

Well what did you expect them to do! These phones aren\'t even in the same ballpark. You got real phones with big screens and then you got this toy with small screen. Everytime the specs are in favor of the big phones, you just omit the data so it looks like the comparison is sorta even....The iphone has a screen size that was good 3 years ago....today its just laughable! Its battery is a joke, but Apple says its an improvement, compared to what....once that processor starts ticking, it will probably get even less battery life.!

8. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Stupid comparison. I won't even compare an iPhone 10 to an s3

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

what the eff, compare quad 1.5ghz core full hd android flag ships vs apple and the whatever ghz 64 bit a7, not a chance lol, oh ya 20mp camera and 13mp vs 8. i have to give it the fingerprint sensor though that is actually pretty neat

11. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

my bad 2.2 and 2.3 ghz

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