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Sony Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X: What's the difference ?

07 September 2018 5

Finally, the Japanese giant Sony wraps off the cover from the second flagship smartphone Xperia XZ3 at the IFA 2018. The second premium flagship from Sony will have to face stiff competition from other premium smartphones including the Cupertino's iPhone X. Despite the fact, the iPhone X successor is around the corner but still, it is one of the best flagship smartphone available in the market.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we put it in a head-to-head comparison against the predecessor as well as other premium devices in the same category. We already compared the Xperia XZ3 against the XZ2 as well as other top-tier options in the market. As is the latest Sony flagship the Xperia XZ3 brings the latest hardware, dual stereo speakers, curved OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution.

On the other hand, the iPhone X brings the stylish notch design, top of the line hardware, the latest version of iOS, superb cameras and 3D facial recognition makes it an attractive option for buyers looking for ultra-premium smartphones. As being the best top-tier options, both will certainly appear as the best options.

If you are confused which smartphone amongst the two is better in what aspects. We are hopeful our comparison based on the hardware specs will help you better understand the real pros and cons of both the devices. Without any further delay, let's start with the design as it is first thing buyers consider while purchasing a new smartphone.

73 x 158 x 9.9 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Design

Both the Sony Xperia XZ3 and iPhone X are bringing the latest design language. Both have the metal chassis with glass covering the rear side, however, the finish is different. The Xperia XZ3 rear is curvy from the edges, however, the iPhone X rear is flat from the edges. The iPhone X is just 7.7mm thick whereas the Xperia XZ3 is slightly thicker at 9.9mm.

In terms of looks, both the devices are quite different from each other. In the center on the rear side, the iPhone X features Apple logo whereas the XZ3 has the fingerprint scanner way below than most of the smartphones in the market. The iPhone X lacks the traditional fingerprint scanner instead rely on 3D facial recognition as the primary security feature.

The iPhone X comes with dual rear snappers placed vertically on the top left corner whereas the Xperia XZ3 has a single rear sensor in middle with LED flashlight. The iPhone X has a notch at the top of the display with almost none bezels on all three edge whereas the Xperia XZ3 has a significant bezel on top and bottom of the display screen.

Apple only comes has mono speaker whereas the XZ3 comes with dual stereo speakers embedded in the bezels. The iPhone X is an IP67 certified device whereas the Xperia XZ3 is IP68 certified. This means the XZ3 can last 0.5 meters deeper in the water than the iPhone X. Both the devices lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead rely on the USB-C port for connectivity.

The Xperia XZ3 dimensions are 158 x 73 x 9.9mm and weigh 193g whereas the iPhone X is smaller, lighter, thinner at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm and it weighs 174g only. In terms of color availability, the iPhone X is available either in Silver or Space Grey colors whereas the XZ3 can be purchased in Bordeaux Red, Forest Green, White Silver, and Black colors.

Display

Sony and Apple were amongst those OEMs who didn't bring OLED panels for years, however, both the companies latest offering have OLED display screens. So if you have an issue with the vibrancy or contrast level of the LCD panel, hopefully, this problem will be resolved with OLED screens.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is featuring a 6.0-inches OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 537 pixels-per-inches. On the other hand, the iPhone X has a 5.8-inches OLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. The iPhone X display aspect ratio is 19.5:9. The Xperia XZ3 is not only larger in terms of size but also sharper than its counterpart.

Another best thing is Sony Xperia XZ3 display is gently curved from the edges whereas iPhone X comes with a flat display. However, the iPhone X has an advantage of notch whereas the Xperia XZ3 comes with thicker bezels. The best thing is both the devices support HDR content, so you can enjoy Netflix and other services HDR content. Both are superb displays, now it's up to you whether you prefer a large display with thick bezels or a notch with a smaller display.

Software

The Xperia XZ3 is one of the first smartphones on the market with Android Pie straight out of the box. However due to the latest version of Android OS the company delayed its release for a couple of weeks. You will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the Android Pie on the Sony branded smartphone. Due to edge display, the company introduced a new side Sense feature which showcases the most used apps shortcut if you double press the edges. The iPhone X was announced with the iOS 11, however, it will receive the latest updates for next three years.

Hardware


Being the premium flagship smartphones both are packed with the best possible hardware. Under the hood, the Xperia XZ3 has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB RAM. Although the device has the latest chipset straight out of the box in terms of RAM, it isn't the best because most of the premium flagships have at least 6GB RAM and even 8GB RAM.

With the iPhone X, Apple introduced A11 Bionic chipset with 3GB RAM. It is currently the latest best offering from Apple. In terms of storage, the XZ3 has 64GB native storage which is further expandable via MicroSD card. The iPhone X is available in two configurations with either 64GB or 256GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. So if you grab iPhone X, you have to choose memory variant wisely as it can't be expanded further.

You can't compare both the devices sheer performance on the basis of RAM or chipset because the difference in the OS plays a vital role here. The iOS is so well optimized that it outperforms Android-running smartphones with even 8GB RAM. The iPhone X is still one of the fastest premium smartphones in the market. It still tops most of the benchmarks even after a year.

Specs iPhone X Xperia XZ3
Display 5.8-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset A11 Bionic Snapdragon 845
RAM 3GB 4GB
Storage 64, 256GB Non-Expandable 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras Dual 12MP 19MP
Front camera 7MP 13MP
Battery 2,716mAh 3,300mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings IP67 IP68
OS iOS 11 Android Pie
Camera

Surprisingly Sony didn't bring improvement to the primary rear sensor. It is the same sensor which we have seen on the Xperia XZ2. The primary rear sensor on the XZ3 is a 19MP module with f/2.0 aperture. It supports 4K HDR videos and also slow-motion Full HD capturing at 960 frames per second or HD recording at 480fps. The XZ3 performs pretty great in stable light conditions, however, the results are shaky in low-light scenarios.

Following the latest trend, the iPhone X has dual cameras setup on the rear side. The primary rear sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary telephoto lens is 12MP with f/2.4 aperture. It also supports 4K video recording at 60fps, however, it doesn't have HDR support.

On the front-facing side, the XZ3 has a 13MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture whereas the iPhone X comes with a 7MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The best thing is iPhone X's front camera is a TrueDepth sensor which means you can capture bokeh shots even with the selfie camera as well. The portrait shots on the iPhone X is certainly amongst the best. In the camera section, the iPhone X outperforms the Xperia XZ3 in most of the cases.

Battery

The battery cell on both the devices is certainly not amongst the largest. The Xperia XZ3 is packed with a 3,300mAh battery cell whereas the iPhone X has 2,716mAh cell. No matter which smartphone you opt, both the devices battery life isn't great. On single charge both last one day on normal to heavy usage.

Both the devices support fast charging, however, the iPhone X isn't shipped with fast charger straight out of the box instead you will have to spend extra bucks to get third party fast charger. Both have glass rear that's why both support wireless charging.

Price and availability

As far as availability is a concern the Xperia XZ3 is newly announced. It will be available in a few regions by the end of this month, however, UK customers won't get it before the first week of October. The device is currently up for pre-orders in many regions. The Xperia XZ3 will cost £699 in the UK, the exact price tag for the US and other regions is still in dark.

The iPhone X is widely available in almost all regions, it was one of the most expensive smartphones from Cupertino giant. The base variant with 64GB storage costs $999 in the US, £999 in the UK and AU$1,579 in Australia. The top of the line model with 256GB storage costs $1,149 in the US, £1,149 in the UK and AU$1,829 in Australia.

Conclusion:

The Xperia XZ3 is the latest offering from Sony so you won't see its successor before Q1 2019 whereas the iPhone X successor isn't far away. However, the iPhone X still emerged as the best flagship in many cases. The Xperia XZ3 key selling aspects are curved OLED display with 2K resolution, dual stereo speakers, latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, pretty good front and rear camera setup, latest Android Pie straight out of the box.

The iPhone X comes with an amazing OLED display with a notch, top of the line hardware, the latest version of iOS, one of the best cameras, solid one-day battery life. The iPhone X is still one of the expensive flagship smartphones on the market but the Xperia XZ3 is also not cheaper. Overall the Xperia XZ3 is bulkier and heavier than the iPhone X. Last but not the least the difference in the OS will play an important role here. Now it's up to you whether you prefer iOS with gestures support or the latest version of Android OS.

Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 11 December 2018 @ 13:03)

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