The Galaxy Note 3 is still in great demand and there aren’t many competitors daring to challenge this amazing phablet. But today, we’re putting it face2face with Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra to see how they’re handling and maybe we’ll convince you to buy one of them.
Displays and sizes
The beautiful Note 3, with its faux leather on the back cover has a Super AMOLED display with a 5.7inches size and supports one of the highest resolutions, 1080x1920pixels (386ppi). Both of the Sony devices have screens supporting the same resolution, but the sizes and pixel densities differ. The Xperia Z1 has a smaller display with 441ppi, while the Z Ultra has a giant 6.4inches display with 344ppi. Both are TFT and Note 3’s display has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it for protection. The Z Ultra’s screen is Triluminos and uses Sony’s X-Reality Engine.
The Note 3 is inseparable from its S Pen stylus and because of it, it weights 168grams. The Xperia models are both dust and water resistant and they’re weighting 170grams – Z1 and 212grams – Z Ultra.
The Z Ultra is the slimmest (6.5mm) and the tallest (179.4mm) and the Xperia Z1 is the thickest (8.5mm) and shortest (144mm).
Hardware and OS
All three devices are using the same Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and quad core Krait 400 processor. But the Note 3 has its processor clocked at 2.3GHz, while the Xperia models have their processors clocked at 2.2GHz. There isn’t much of a difference between the hardware performances of each phone. The Note 3 has another version with an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset supporting a quad core 1.9GHz CortexA15 & quad core 1.3GHz CortexA7 processor and which uses a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU.
While the Note 3 comes preloaded with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS and now it’s running on v4.4.2 (KitKat), both of the Xperia phones come initially loaded with v4.2 (Jelly Bean), but they received the 4.4.4 (KitKat) update.
The combination of RAM + ROM on each device is: 3GB and 16/32/64GB expandable up to 64GB for the first two variants (Galaxy Note 3); 2GB of RAM + 16GB of internal storage, also expandable up to 64GB.
The Xperia Z1 breaks the barrier with the 20.7inches camera on the back with G-Lens and which uses Exmor RS Technology. The Note 3 has the second best primary camera – 13MP and like the Z1, it features LED flash and autofocus. The Z Ultra’s back camera is 8MP, but it lacks LED flash. All three devices have 2MP shooters on the front, which can record videos at 1080p@30fps.
The Note 3 has the longest battery life, because its capacity is 3200mAh and allows 21hours of talktime on 3G, while the non-removable batteries on the Sony devices have the capacity of 3000mAh and 3050mAh respectively, which deliver up to 15hours and 16hours of talktime on 3G.
The pricing for the 32GB 4G Note 3 is set to 550 dollars and it can be bought from amazon.com. The Xperia Z1 costs 415 dollars and the Xperia Z Ultra is priced at 400 dollars.
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