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Sony Xperia Z3 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – Specifications and Pricing Compared


After a few years of struggling to compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung, Sony appears to have got it right with the latest Xperia Z3.

Despite the phone having been around for a few months now, it is capable of going head-to-head with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S6. Both phones are similar on a number of fronts, but the added advantage of being water and dust resistant certainly starts to shift the advantage in favor of the Sony device.


The Xperia Z3 comes with a display that is 5.2 inches in size. It is slightly larger than the 5.1 inch display that has done its job on the Galaxy S series over the last few editions. There has been no change in the display size on the Galaxy S6. Instead, Samsung has worked to ensure that the display is in line with the latest in technology, featuring 2K resolution. Sadly, the Xperia Z3 misses out on this aspect and comes with only the 1080p resolution. This may be seen as a negative aspect but the lower resolution helps provide an impressive battery life even with full brightness at all times.


The Galaxy S series of phones have come under heavy criticism due to the lackluster design and poor quality of materials. Even though this has been considerably changed in the Galaxy S6 with new age materials and colors, the Xperia Z3 continues to retain a class leading advantage. Even though the Sony device is slightly heavier due to the use of actual glass, it is a phone that provides excellent usability without compromising the premium looks that a device in this class should be known for.


Samsung has done away with the snapdragon range of processors in its latest premium offering – the Galaxy S6. However, it continues to be the mainframe in a number of devices like the Xperia Z3. Instead of the snapdragon units, Samsung offers the Exynos processors on the Galaxy S6. This new device edges out the Sony product in terms of performance, but in real-world, it is difficult to tell the difference. The two devices offer the latest version of Android with material design in its full glory. Sony, though, has been criticized in recent years for being slow with providing updates to the operating system, whereas Samsung has faced criticism for releasing updates with a lot of bugs.


The Xperia Z3 offers two memory options with a third alternative coming in the form of memory card support. Memory card support has been a feature of every Samsung product launched in the high-end segment for several years, but it gets omitted on the Galaxy S6. This is rather surprising but the phone does provide 128 GB of maximum storage starting from as low as 16 GB. Prices of the Galaxy S6 start at around $620 following the recent reductions, while the Xperia Z3 is considerably lower after having been in the market for a while. It is available at around $480.