The recent launch of the Galaxy S6 has once again helped Samsung rise to the challenge at the top of the smartphone segment.
The battle has become intense in recent years with the arrival of excellent Sony phones. This is true especially in the case of the Xperia Z3, which came out a few months ago. The biannual launch of high-end smartphones by the Japanese company has been detrimental to Samsung. Now, though, the Galaxy S6 feels fresher and ready to compete against the Xperia Z3.
The Sony device and the Galaxy S6 both come with almost similar screens, which make them almost similar in size. They are on the edge of being called as too large by many. This appears to have been the consensus behind retaining the same size of screens from previous generations. The Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S5 both featured 5.2 inch and 5.1 inch screens respectively. They have been carried over onto the Galaxy S6 and the Xperia Z3, but with some major changes, especially on the former. The Samsung device now comes with QHD resolution support, whereas Sony disappoints by offering only 1080p resolution.
The benefits of having only a full HD screen are to be seen later since the Sony device will be capable of lasting much longer in the race for a charging point. While Sony claimed that the device will be able to last for two days, one can easily make it last for more than a day even under heavy usage. A plethora of options in order to further save battery have been provided in built on the phone. The Galaxy S6 also comes with these options, but the QHD display coupled with the slightly smaller battery means that it gets it quite badly in this regard.
Samsung has interestingly provided the Galaxy S6 with wireless charging support, with the charger being sold separately and there is also a quick charging feature in order to get the battery to around 60% after just 30 minutes on the plugs. These features are essential in order to keep the phone going throughout the entire day. It will certainly be extremely tough, even for a medium user. The Xperia Z3’s battery is a whopping 650 mAh higher than the ratings of the 2550 mAh battery on the Galaxy S6.
The Samsung device may lose out in terms of longevity, but it plugs the gap in the camera department. The use of a 16 megapixel camera one again hands the title to Samsung in terms of picture quality. Videos also look extremely good. Despite having a 20.7 megapixel camera, Sony disappoint in this regard. However, it appears that the hardware is not the reason for the quality and it is more to do with the software, which can be corrected with a simple update. The Xperia Z3 retails at $400, while the Galaxy S6 is priced at around $550.