Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs HTC One Max vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra – Top Specs and Price Comparison

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The phablet world is not ruled by many companies, so today we thought we would grant you a comparison between three great devices of this kind from three different companies: HTC, Samsung and Sony. HTC brings in the One Max, which is very similar to its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, but it is meant to be the phablet version of that. Samsung was actually the one that started the phablet craze, coming out with the Galaxy Note devices. Here we have the Galaxy Note 3, which is a fierce competitor against the One Max. Lastly, we have Sony with the Xperia Z Ultra which, just like we saw with HTC, is a phablet version of a flagship smartphone: Xperia Z. Let’s see exactly what specs have these three handsets and which one would be the best choice.

Operating System

The One Max is packed with the Android 4.3 version of operating system with Sense 5.5 that is designed to give full access to HTC BlinkFeed.

The Galaxy Note 3 also runs on Android 4.3 combined with the TouchWiz technology.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with a slightly inferior OS, the Android 4.2 which is paired with the TimeScape technology.


The Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes from behind and wins over the display category, seeing how the handset has a 6.44 inches display which carries a pixel ratio of 342 pixels-per-inch.

The HTC One Max comes with a smaller 5.9 inches Full HD display that has a better pixel density of 367 pixels-per-inch.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has the smallest display out of the three, of 5.7 inches, but it has a better imaging, seeing how it has the best pixel density: 386 pixels-per-inch.


HTC equipped the One Max with a quad core processor working at 1.7 GHz that is paired up with a Snapdragon 600 chipset from Qualcomm. The device supports 2GB of RAM.

Samsung equipped the Galaxy Note 3 with a 2.3GHz processor that comes along with a Snapdragon 800 chipset from Qualcomm. The handset supports 3GB of RAM.

Sony equipped the Xperia Z Ultra with a slightly less performing processor than the Samsung one, at 2.2GHz but the device is packed with the same Snapdragon 800 chipset from Qualcomm. The Xperia Z Ultra has 2GB of RAM.


HTC’s One Max sports a great rear camera that showcases UltraPixel technology as well as HTC Zoe. The Zoe technology brings in features like Object removal, Sequence Shot and Always Smile. The front camera has 2.1 MP.

Samsung tooled the Galaxy Note 3 with a wonderful 13MP main camera that has features like Drama, Beauty Face and Best Photo and a secondary camera of 2MP.

The Sony original phablet, Xperia Z Ultra, shows off an 8MP primary camera which has Exmore RS sensor.


If you are always on your phone, you are looking for a device that can last up a long period of time, so out of these three, you will probably like best the HTC One Max. This device houses a battery with a capacity of 3300 mAh which is estimated to last 25 hours of talking time (3G).

Next in line is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, housing a 3200 mAh battery unit which is approximated to last 21 hours of talking time (3G).

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra promises to last 16 hours of talking time, being packed with a 3000 mAh battery unit.


Here’s where Samsung and HTC agree completely: internal memory. Both handsets can be purchased with two options of internal storage capacity: 16GB and 32GB. If you choose to use a microSD card, both devices give you the option of expanding your memory by up to 64GB.

While the Xperia Z Ultra also gives the option of expanding the memory by up to 64GB via microSD card, this phablet only comes with one option of internal storage, that being 16GB.


HTC One Max (32 GB): $474.50

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (32 GB): $539.99

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: $343.49


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