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Sony Xperia Z3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Titan Collision


When it comes to the sheer amount of quality, it’s safe to say that both Samsung and Sony are amazing manufacturers to have delivered high quality products on countless occasions.

Of course, just like any device, they have their flaws, but those same flaws are almost invisible in the heap of amazing features that are making the users all around the world very happy.


Design-wise, they are quite different. The Xperia Z3 can still be placed in the smartphone category (rather than a phablet one), whereas the Note 4 is in the phablet category, just like its predecessors in the Note series. Sony has been pushing a lot of water-proof devices into the market lately, and the Xperia Z3 is no different. IP68 certification means that it has the highest rating so far. Samsung did make the S5 waterproof, but the Note 4, unfortunately, hasn’t seen this feature, meaning that the phone isn’t water, or dust resistant.

The Galaxy Note 4 is obviously a much larger and heavier device than the Xperia Z3, weighing 176 grams; you can really feel it while you are holding it. The Xperia Z3 isn’t that much lighter though, with the weight of 152 grams; this device falls in the mid-weight category. When it comes to the build quality, the Xperia Z3 is far more superior to the Note 4. Great construction and design (aluminum and glass with nylon corners) ensure that the phone is sturdy, and adds an extra layer of protection when it comes to accidental drops. The Note 4 has nothing new compared to the previous Notes, except for leather-textured back panel; at least, when it comes to the design.


Both models decided to keep the same screens we have seen on the previous models in these series. The Xperia Z3 has a 5.2″ display, whereas the Note 4 comes equipped with a larger, 5.7″ display. Full HD resolution is featured on the Z3, while Samsung has pushed the Quad HD display on the Note 4, which means that you will get higher resolution at the cost of reduced battery life. The Quad HD display can only be described as fantastic, though it can hardly be said that it’s a necessity. The Note 4 does win the battle when it comes to the display, but the win is only marginal, as the difference is not that noticeable. Samsung decided to keep the Super AMOLED technology, while the Z3 has an IPS LCD display with Triluminous and X-Reality technologies that are featured on Sony’s TVs.


Samsung’s Note 4 has a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, octa-core processor, which is much more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 featured on the Z3. Both devices feature 3GB of RAM, an amount which is more than sufficient for a smooth operation. Even though the Note 4 features a more powerful hardware, both devices are well capable of handling anything you might decide to run on them. When it comes to the available versions, the Note 4 can be purchased with 32 GB of internal memory, while the Xperia Z3 has 16 GB of internal memory available, and memory on both devices can be expanded by adding a microSD card, up to 128 GB.