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Xperia Z3 vs. Galaxy S5 Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | September 3, 2014September 3, 2014 5:20 pm PST

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is a mighty phone, and it’s one of the few on the market with water and dust resistance ratings. Sony has been adding that feature for a while, and stepped up its game with the Xperia Z3, which is even more resistant to dust than before, in addition to its rating for water resistance.

The Xperia Z3 is now Sony’s most high-end flagship smartphone, and it packs some solid specs to back up its flagship name. How does it stack up to the Galaxy S5, though? From a purely spec standpoint, pretty darn well.

Galaxy S5 Gallery

Xperia Z3 Gallery

Sony - Xperia Z3 Samsung - Galaxy S5
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (432 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1080
Resolution Y 1920 1920
Display Type TRILUMINOS FHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4.4 (at launch) Android 4.4.2 (at launch)
Processor 2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad core processor
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 20.7MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2.2MP 2MP
Networks
  • GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20)
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
  • LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3100 mAh 2800mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • MHL
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
GPS
  • aGPS
  • GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
Height 146 mm (5.75 inches) 142 mm (5.59 inches)
Width 72 mm (2.83 inches) 72.5 mm (2.85 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 8.1 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 152 g (5.36 oz) 145 g (5.11 oz)
Colors Black Black, Blue, Gold, White
Supported Audio Formats .3gp, .3gpp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .amr, .awb, .dst, .dff, .flac, .mka, .mid, .xmf, .ota, .rtttl, .rtx, .imy, .wav, .ogg MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3gpp, .mp4, .m4v, .mkv, .avi, .xvid, .webm MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RV, DivX, Xvid
In The Box N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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