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Xperia Z vs. Galaxy S3 vs. Droid DNA: Spec showdown

Sony xperia z vs samsung galaxy s3 vs droid dnaThe Xperia Z is Sony’s latest flagship phone, a device it says will offer a “superphone experience.” Sony doesn’t have the greatest track record with smartphones, not necessarily pumping out horrible hardware, but not quite reaching number one either. With the Z, Sony hopes to change all that and place itself amongst the stars.

But if Sony means business about competing in the Android ecosystem, it will have to go head-to-head with the established kings of Google’s castle. Right now, that would be the best-selling Galaxy S3 and the super-sized, high-definition Droid DNA. So how does Sony’s latest flagship Android device compare to its peers? Take a gander at our spec sheet and see for yourself.  


Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Galaxy S3

galaxy s3

Droid DNA

Droid DNA htc
Size 139 x 71 x 7.9 (mm) 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 (mm) 140.9 x 70.6 x 9.7 (mm)
Weight 146g 133g 140g
Screen 5-inch HD Reality Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 5-inch Super LCD 3
Resolution 1920×1080 pixels 1280×720 pixels 1920×1080 pixels
OS Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+
Storage Up to 16GB 16/32GB 16GB
SD Card Slot Yes Yes No
Processor 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual-core Snapdragon S4 (US) 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A
Camera Front 2.1MP, Rear 13MP Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0
Battery 2330mAh 2100mAh 2020mAh
Charger Micro USB Micro USB Micro USB
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Price TBA $200+ $200
Availability TBA AT&T, Sprint, T-Mob, Verizon Verizon

Once all is said and done, the Xperia Z actually stacks up quite well against the competition. It pulls ahead of the Galaxy S3 in quite a few categories – understandable as the S3 is getting a bit old by now (at least by tech standards). As far as the Droid DNA, the Xperia Z matches the HTC device’s high-resolution display and quad-core processor. In terms of camera and battery life, however, the Xperia Z takes the lead. The camera is to be expected, especially with Sony’s intense focus on photography. Nevertheless, a slightly better camera and improved battery life doesn’t exactly blow the competition out of the water. As usual, only time will tell whether or not Sony can pull off the impossible and take the lead on the Android front.

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