Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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Technology giants Samsung and Sony released their premier smartphones - Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z1, in the Indian market, earlier this month.

Consumers looking to purchase a high-end smartphone may consider the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1, which come packed with superior specifications. Here is a comparison between the specifications of the two smartphones.


Sony's new smartphone sports a splendid 5.0-inch full HD TRILUMINOS screen boasting X-Reality for mobile display technology. It has a staggering pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch). On the other hand, Samsung's new flagship phablet flaunts a bigger 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display having pixel density 386 ppi.

Processor, RAM and Storage:

The India-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packs an Exynos Octa-core processor(packs two quad-cores-1.6GHz and 1.9GHz) with Mali T628 MP GPU It houses 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt memory. On the other hand, Xperia Z1 boasts of a super fast 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor paired with Adreno 330 graphics engine and features 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Both phones can be upgraded upto 64GB.


The main USP of Sony Xperia Z1 is its camera specifications. It houses a stunning 20.7-megapixel camera with CMOS Exmor RS image sensor (f1/2.3-inch aperture) with the company's exclusive patented camera technology - G-Lens (27 mm wide angle and bright f2.0 aperture) and BIONZ image processor. It also ships with superior auto and manual options, time-shift burst mode, Sweep Panorama, Social Live (it lets users to broadcast live video on social platform like Facebook), Info-eye feature, AR Effect feature, which allows users to put 'Augmented Reality' scenarios on to a picture and many more filter options.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S3 also has superior cameras. It features a 13.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor which can record UHD-4K resolutions (3840x2160p) at 30 fps and full HD at 60fps speed. It also features a High CRI-LED flash support to get good crisp snapshots under low-light condition. Like its smaller cousin Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 too comes with a plethora of smart camera features.

Both Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 pack 2.0-megapixel camera on the front side capable of recording full HD (1920 x1020p) videos.

Mobile Operating System:

In this aspect, Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z1 stand even as they both run on the same Android platform. It is to be noted that the Samsung phablet run on the latest Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS, while Sony's new phone ships with the Android v4.2.2 OS out-of-the-box.


As per recent reports, Galaxy Note 3 is priced a whopping  ₹49,900, whereas Xperia Z1 holds a price-tag of ₹42,500, almost ₹7,400 less than its rival.

Considering the overall specifications, there is no clear-cut winner between the two newly released smartphones. Sony has its 20.7-megapixel camera and water-and-dust resistant as its main USPs, while Samsung has the sumptuous 3GB RAM which can run any power-intensive functions or games. It also has the capability to record 4K videos, a feature which is lacking in other smartphones.

Here is a Break-down of Specifications Between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1:


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Sony Xperia Z1


5.7-inch (5.68-inch) Super AMOLED Full HD (1920x1080p) display with pixel density of 386ppi (pixels per inch)

5.0-inch full HD TFT (1920x1080p)screen with TRILUMINOS display technology  and X-Reality for mobile; pixel density: 441 ppi


Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS

Android v4.2.2 OS Jelly Bean


Exynos 5420 Octa-core processor with two quad-core processors-one A9 with 1.9GHz and another A7 with 1.3GHz CPU speed.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor with 2.2Ghz CPU speed


Mali-T628 MP6

Adreno 330





32GB, memory can be further expandable up to 64GB

16GB, memory can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card


Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, auto-focus, LED flash (High CRI), UHD -4K resolutions (3840x2160p) at 30 fps, full HD recording at 60fps

Front: 2.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full HD 1080p video recording

Main: 20.7 -megapixel with CMOS Exmor RS camera sensor(f1/2.3-inch aperture) with Sony G-lens(27 mm wide angle and bright f2.0 aperture) and separate BIONZ image processor engine.

Front: 2.0-megapixel Exmor R camera with full HD video recording





3200 mAh

3000 mAh


S-Pen functionality, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT80),Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote control),MHL v2.0,GPS/GLONASS,NFC

Water resistant and dust proof IP55/IP58 certifications, 3D and motion gaming, gesture control features, NFC, MHL, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, micro-USB v2.0


151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm


168 g

169 g