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iPhone 6s Plus vs Xperia Z5 Premium vs Galaxy S6 edge+ specs comparison

iPhone 6s Plus vs Xperia Z5 Premium vs Galaxy S6 edge+ specs comparison

For the longest time, Apple steered clear of what was a trendy — and quite successful — niche. Phablets. It's anyone's guess whether it was the change in leadership (Tim Cook taking the reins after Steve Jobs' untimely passing), internal/external pressure, or simply because the company realized that there's a boatload of money to be made in the burgeoning sector, but the end result was called the iPhone 6 Plus. In any case, the 5.5-inch monster of an iPhone resounded well with Apple fans, so it's not at all surprising that a sequel has been in the works.

Now official, the iPhone 6s Plus will have to contend with a number of Android phablets, some of the more notable of which are Samsung's and Sony's Galaxy S6 edge+ and Z5 Premium, respectively, both of which were announced just a short while ago. With the former, we've got the usual Samsung approach of fitting in the best possible hardware, but this time around design plays a vital role: the S6 edge+ looks great in person! And so does the Xperia Z5 Premium, of course, with its now signature rectangular design, though its main weapon is that bonkers 4K display.

How does the iPhone 6s Plus stack up against these two competitors on purely hardware grounds? Here's a quick rundown of the specs:

Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

OSiOS (10.x, 9.x)Android (7.0, 6.0, 5.1), TouchWiz UIAndroid (7.0, 6.0, 5.1)
Dimensions6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches (154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm)6.08 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches (154.4 x 76 x 7.8 mm)
Weight6.77 oz (192 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
5.40 oz (153 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
6.35 oz (180 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
MaterialsMain body: AluminumMain body: Glass; Accents: MetalMain body: Glass; Accents: Metal
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch), Touch sensitive control keysFingerprint (touch)
Rugged  Water, 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 68
Physical size5.5 inches5.7 inches5.5 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1440 x 2560 pixels2160 x 3840 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.

401 ppi518 ppi801 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.

67.91 %76.62 %71.10 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness500 cd/m2 (nit)  
Camera12 megapixels16 megapixels23 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)29 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.

1.22 μm1.12 μm 
Hardware FeaturesSapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Geo taggingManual focus, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingObject tracking, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps), 640x480 (VGA)3840x2160 (4K)
Recording format  MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharingOptical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video callingTime-lapse video, Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera5 megapixels5 megapixels5 megapixels
Video capture  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.

Apple A9 APL1022Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994

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.

Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bitOcta-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nmOcta-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
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.

PowerVR GT7600 ARM Mali-T760 MP8Adreno 430
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.

2 GB RAM / LPDDR44 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR43 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 1600 MHz) / LPDDR4
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.

128 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

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.

2750 mAh3000 mAh3430 mAh
Fast Charge Yes 
Wireless charging Built-in 
Talk time 28.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
15.17 hours
the average is 19 h (1140 min)
Stand-by time16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
14.0 days (336 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
26.2 days (630 hours)
the average is 19 days (465 h)
Talk time (3G)24.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
19.17 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  26.2 days (630 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
Stand-by time (4G)  25.8 days (620 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
Internet use   
3G12 hours10 hours 
LTE12 hours11 hours 
Wi-Fi12 hours12 hours 
Music playback80.00 hours66.00 hours100.00 hours
Video playback14.00 hours15.00 hours7.33 hours
Screen mirroring Wireless screen shareDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLink

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 29, 30Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 Bands 38, 40
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPALTE-A Cat 9 (450/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTSLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Mobile PaymentApple PaySamsung Pay 
Shopping information
MSRP price€ 1069 / $ 949  

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posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:50 6

1. VigneshRaja (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)

So it is 2Gigs of Ram finally.
But Z5 wins

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:53 3

6. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

I think it is still a gig haha

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:03 2

9. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

They haven't even mentioned it on their site either lolz.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 04:14

16. ibend (Posts: 6632; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

so where is the official source about this 2Gigs thing?

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 04:32 1

17. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

And i thought Z5 premium is heavy...

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:51 5

2. fyah_king (Posts: 1009; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

The iPhone is so ugly and outdated in design.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:54

7. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

The Design Is Only A Year Old How Is That Outdated. Are You Trolling????? LOL How Lame.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 19:34 1

13. j2001m (Posts: 3004; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

The s6 edge + in gold make it look outdated that why

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:52

3. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

Not Much Of A Specs Comparison Without The Cpu Clock Speeds And The Gpu Isn't Even Listed LOL,

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:52 8

4. jesus_sheep (Posts: 279; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)

i really hope apple falls hard

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:53 1

5. carlemillward (unregistered)

I think it is 1GB DDR4

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:58 1

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

2 gigs is great, but what about split view, slide over, and picture in picture?

posted on 21 Sep 2015, 02:46

21. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Sorry bro, but I think they are only available in iPad right now.
Which one do you recommend for me though, iPhone 6S, Nexus 5X, Sony Z5P or S6 edge+?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:06

10. Kumar123 (unregistered)

Its going to beat every android phones in performance. Apple always has less spec in paper but always wins in real world performance. Apple with 2 GB ram and dual core processor can bit any android phones with 4 GB ram and 8 core processor.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:14 3

14. kobainez (Posts: 442; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Yea and s**t battery life

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:06

11. Dude2014 (Posts: 448; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

The only thing I dislike about 6s plus is its weight. 192g is way too heavy for a 5.5" phone. On the other hand, S6 edge+ is smaller and much much lighter (153g) despite having bigger 5.7" display. The rest of specs look pretty good on paper.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 11:11

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3795; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

If less than half a pound is too much for you to carry around in your hand for any extended amount of time, you should probably go hit the gym. Too heavy? Wow. More like, too weak.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 15:58 8

12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

so who's the winner here? SONY? APPLE?...i think its SONY.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 02:22

15. chetangrandhe (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 Sep 2015)

samsung gets the crown again....

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 08:51

19. sunjay140 (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)

Yeah right.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 04:38 1

18. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

Sony ftw

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 09:01

22. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)

Spot on

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 07:18

23. codym (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2016)

Had the sony z5 premium for a week, swapped out twice due to overheating issue. the 4k display is a total waste, you don't really get 4k content and you will see no difference in everyday usage, and it kills the battery. The Samsungs display was more brighter and looks great, has a smaller battery but it lasts longer. I found the Z5 battery to be pretty useless on default settings, much worse when using image optimizers so you cant really push the phone without killing the battery. I managed to get the Z5 to crash after 10 minutes of 4K video recording, it overheated. The volume buttons on the right hand side of the Sony are badly located and uncomfortable to work. The overheating issue made the phone uncomfortable to hold. It would get hot just playing low end graphic games like 1010 or cut the rope or just browsing the web. The Samsung blew me away, easy to use, no overheating, and scored 79xxx on Antutu whereas both the Sony's i had scored 55xxx and 59xxx respectively. Don't buy Sony, its impractical and has many issues and i found no joy whatsoever especially when it got warm, i would panick. On paper i was impressed with the Z5, but the real experience everyday was disappointing. The use of the snapdragon 810 is its biggest weakness and i found the 4k display to be a gimmick really. I am happy with my S6 edge plus.

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