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Apple iPhone 6 Plus VS Sony Xperia Z3 Comparison Overview

Apple has unleashed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an event on Tuesday. Of course the handsets compete with all the other flagship smartphones available in the market. One Android biggie that went official lately is the Xperia Z3 from Sony. Here is a detailed comparison between the iPhone 6 Plus and Sony Xperia Z3 to analyze how they different in terms of specifications and features.

iphone 6 plus vs xperia z3

Display and Processor

While the competitors like LG and Samsung have shot up to super high definition displays for their flagship models, Apple and Sony have been very cautious with the screen. Sony has opted for a FHD 1080p display for the Xperia Z3 with a 5.2 inch display that translates to 424 ppi pixel density. The screen uses the TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technologies like the other Sony smartphones. On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5 inch Retina HD display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution that renders 401 ppi pixel density. Both the screens are layered with shatter and scratch proof glass to protect them.

Apple has uses the 64 bit Apple A8 SoC that is twice energy efficient as its predecessor. It is claimed to render 25 percent improved processor performance and 50 percent quicker graphic performance. Going by comparison, the Sony phone employs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5 GHz processor and Adreno 330 graphics unit. Also, the latter users a 3 GB RAM to deliver superior multi-tasking and lag-free performance.

Camera and Internal Storage

iPhone 6 Plus features an 8 MP iSight rear camera at its back with FHD 1080p video recording, faster phase detection auto focus, Slo-mo video recording up to 240 fps, better HDR, optical image stabilization, 43 MP panorama shots and True Tone dual LED flash for accurate color tone. There is a 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera with Burst Mode, HDR and F2.2 aperture to capture 80 percent to more light.

The Xperia Z3 arrives with a 20.7 MP primary camera with LED flash, auto focus, image stabilization, HDR and panorama. Also onboard is a 2.2 MP front facer that supports FHD 1080p video recording.

iPhone 6 Plus is available with 16 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage support that cannot be expanded as there is no micro SD card slot. Whereas, the Xperia Z3 comes in 16 GB and 32 GB storage options and feature an expansion card slot supporting up to 128 GB of additional storage.

Battery and Features

The battery in Apple phone will provide a backup of up to 24 hours of talk time and 14 hours of video playback respectively on 3G. On the other hand, the 3,100 mAh battery in the Sony phone with Battery STAMINA mode is capable of lasting up to 16 hours of talk time and 740 hours of standby time on 3G.

On the software front, Xperia Z3 is fueled by Android 4.4.4 KitKat and the iPhone 6 Plus is based on iOS 8 that is optimized to run effectively on the larger screen. Sony has a leg up with its dust and water resistant build.

Key Specs

Model Apple iPhone 6 Plus Sony Xperia Z3
Display 5.5 inch, 1920×1080 5.2 inch, 1920×1080
Processor Apple A8, with M8 Co-processor 2.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801
Internal Storage 16 GB/ 64 GB/ 128 GB, Non-Expandable 16 GB/ 32 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
OS iOS 8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Camera 8 MP/ 1.2 MP 20.7 MP/ 2.2 MP
Battery 24 hours backup 3,100 mAh


A spec-for-spec comparison between the duo will not provide us an exact picture. While Xperia Z3 is yet to establish itself on top of Android food chain, the iPhone 6 Plus is the greatest iPhone with latest iOS 8 operating system. Both pack enough horse power to get through almost everything, the choice depends on the OS you choose to live with.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.