Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Which One Wins The Battle?Jan 18, 2013 07:00 GMT
As Apple’s market seemingly slips out of hand, a new potential threat challenges the Korean-based Samsung – one of the greatest giants in the smartphone arena into a full head-on battle by another US-based conglomerate, Sony Electronics, Inc. with its pending release of the Sony Xperia Z in March. And since the most current flagship of Samsung is the Galaxy S3, which was launched last May, we thought that it may interest Android fans as to what exactly these two lovelies have to offer.
Body & Dimensions
Now our own sensibilities probably dictate that real beauty can be found underneath, but really, it wouldn’t hurt if a thing is a beauty to behold. Since the Samsung Galaxy S3 is older of the two, those who have already seen it probably know by now that it has a round-corner, curved-edge polycarbonateplastic chassis that measures 5.38 inches x 2.78 inches and is only 0.36 inch thick thus contributing to its rather modest weight of 133g.
Sony’s newest flagship, on the other hand, is revealed to be an IP57-certified dust and water-resistant. That is, the Xperia Z is made to be waterproof up to 1 meter for at most, 30 minutes. The phone dimensions are stated to be at 5.47 inches x 2.80 inches x 0.31 inch, making it slightly heavier than the S3 at 146g.
The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a 306 ppi pixel density. It comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 – TouchWiz UI as protection.
Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Z boasts of a full 5.0-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a stunning resolution of 1080 x 1920 and an impressive pixel density of 441 ppi. It is further protected by a shatter - and scratch-resistant glass from Timescape UI and Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2. This can be problematic, indeed for Samsung as S3’s display will be clearly outclassed by Xperia Z.
Processor and Operating System
Under the hood, the Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor (for the US, it is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core) with Mali-400MP graphics and is run by Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which can be upgraded to the ever-popular Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
On the flip side, the Xperia Z utilizes a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU and runs by Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a possible upgrade for 4.2 Jelly Bean.
RAM & Storage
A 1GB RAM (or 2GB, for US carriers) is extended to Galaxy S3 with a 16, 32 or 64GB options which are all expandable thru microSD. The Xperia Z, on the other side, offers a 2GB RAM and only 16GB of internal storage.
The Galaxy S3 camera set-up includes an 8-megapixel rear camera armed with autofocus, LED flash and a 1080p video capture aside from the 1.9-megapixel front camera capable of 720p.
The Xperia Z, however, seems determined to outshine competition with its fancy 13.1-megapixel rear camera also with autofocus, LED flash and a 1080p video capture capability - which is the same video capture capability as its secondary 2.2-megapixel front camera.
Though the Galaxy S3 is equipped with a decent 2100mAH battery capable of over 11 hours 3G-talk time, it can easily be put to shame by Sony’s non-removable 2330mAH battery which is capable of up to 14 hours of 3G talk time.
Prices & Connectivity
Though the price for Xperia Z has not yet been announced, it is speculated that it will open at a competitive price of around £500 in the UK, the same price being offered by the Samsung Galaxy S3. Both phones have 4G LTE connectivity in applied regions along with an NFC support.
Though Galaxy S3 has gathered loyal followers these past few months, a new blood in the form of Sony Xperia Z can change all that with its seemingly superior specs and exciting features. Though the Xperia Z is still yet-to-be release, specifications alone signifies that it can indeed surpass and outstrip the Galaxy S3 in no time, which further adds fuel to another rumour that a Galaxy S4 is in the books this spring that will no doubt level the playing field with the Xperia Z.
How about you? Are you excited to try out what Sony has to offer or are you one of those waiting for the rumoured Galaxy S4 to show Xperia Z that Samsung is not a brand to be messed with?