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Sony Xperia Z3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge – Pricing and Specifications Compared

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Gone are the days when the Galaxy S series used to be the best from Samsung. The focus has shifted towards the Galaxy Note series.

This has provided a platform for several new inventions over the years, and the latest from the Korean company is the Galaxy Note Edge. It is a slightly different version of the immensely popular Galaxy Note 4. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z3 continues to do well in several markets across the world and could mark the turnaround of fortunes for Sony.

Display

The Xperia Z3 comes with a 5.2-inch screen designed to show the smartphone segment that 1080p screens can still cut it at the top of the segment. It is primarily a hint that Samsung may have taken the wrong step with the Galaxy Note Edge, which comes with a QHD display. Obviously, there are benefits of using a high-resolution device, but Sony believes that the advantages are negated when it comes to such small screens – especially in comparison with a large television – and they may be right on some occasions. The use of only 1080p resolution on the Xperia Z3 helps Sony claim a two-day battery life. The QHD resolution affects the Galaxy Note Edge in this regard.

Battery

Despite the phone coming with a 3000 mAh battery, the Galaxy Note Edge has a slightly lower battery life compared to the Xperia Z3. Even with a thickness of just 7.3 mm, this phone can come with a 3100 mAh battery. If options like the battery saving mode are enabled, one can stretch the Xperia Z3 to more than three days of usage. There is even an ultra-battery saving mode that can theoretically help the phone go beyond a week, although most of the functionality will be unavailable during this period.

Camera

The presence of a 16-megapixel camera in the rear of the Galaxy Note Edge is a welcome sight since it is the same spec camera phone on the Galaxy S5 albeit with a few changes. Hence, it is capable of excellent pictures and videos. The Xperia Z3 should also be capable of great quality in terms of multimedia, but the Sony delivers only on paper since the 20.7-megapixel rear camera is not the best around. This is especially true at least in the case of the algorithm used by the Japanese company.

Operating System

However, these issues can be sorted out by updates and Sony has promised that the Xperia Z3 will receive the Android 5.1 update. The phone initially came with the 4.4 version of android, but it currently runs on the 5.0 version. Samsung has always been quick to push updates, and this is the case with the Galaxy Note Edge too. The device initially came with the 4.4 version, but it has since been upgraded to the 5.1 version. Prices of the incredibly unique Galaxy Note Edge are at around $780 while the Xperia Z3 is priced at just under $500.