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Apple iPhone XS vs Sony Xperia XZ3: How two Premium flagships confront each other?

24 October 2018 5

In the last few weeks, many OEMs took the stage to announce new premium phones. Apple and Sony unveiled new flagships a few weeks ago and both are certainly amongst the best flagships available in the market. As expected the Cupertino giant unveiled three new iPhones this year. The iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max are the successor models of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus respectively whereas the iPhone XS is the successor variant of 10th anniversary iPhone X.

On the other hand this year Sony changed their strategy of releasing flagship phones. Usually the company releases two flagships every year, however this year Sony announced three premium phones including Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3. The good thing is all flagships are bringing something exciting to lure customers. Today we will compare the latest iPhone XS against Sony's latest Xperia XZ3 to know the differences and similarities between the two devices.

We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is better in what aspects. As is the latest premium phones both have an eye-catching design, solid display, top of the line hardware and much more to lure buyers. Without any further delay, let's start with the design differences.

70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
73 x 158 x 9.9 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Sony was amongst the last to introduce 2:1 display phones as they were not willing to drop the thick bezels block design. However this year the Japanese giant adopted the new Ambient Flow design language with the Xperia XZ2. As expected this design trend continued with the Xperia XZ3. Instead of the thick square box, the Xperia XZ3 features a curvy design with attractive glass rear.

Despite the fact, Sony trimmed the bezels but still, it has significant bezels on top and bottom of the display. On the rear side, the XZ3 has a single snapper in the center with dual LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is significantly below the camera setup. All are aligned vertically in the center.

Last year Apple introduced bezel-less notch design with the 10th anniversary iPhone X. The huge success of notch design prompted Android OEMs to introduce phones with a notch. That is why this year we have a number of premium Android flagships with a notch. Apple kept the same design even for this year's iPhone XS. Up front, you will get an edge-to-edge display with a notch. It lacks the physical home button instead rely on the UI navigations. Also, it lacks the traditional fingerprint scanner, the iPhone XS comes with 3D facial recognition as the only security feature.

The iPhone XS chassis is made up of stainless steel with glass covering the rear side. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ3 has an aluminum frame with stylish curvy glass on the rear. In terms of dimensions the iPhone XS measures at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and weighs 177g whereas the Xperia XZ3 is significantly larger, thicker, wider and heavier at 158 x 73 x 9.9 mm and 193g. Both the devices are fingerprint magnets due to glass rear and both are IP68 certified which provides resistance against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

The iPhone XS is available in colors including Space Gray, Gold, and Silver whereas the Xperia XZ3 can be purchased in four striking color options including Bordeaux Red, Silver White, Black, and Forest Green.


One of the most exciting aspects of the Sony Xperia XZ3 is indeed OLED display. It is the company's first flagship phone with an OLED display. The last year's iPhone X was the first Apple phone with the OLED panel. The Xperia XZ3 features a 6-inches dual curved 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-inch. Undoubtedly it is the one of the best display on any Sony phone yet and the good thing is Sony TV division also brought few extra processing goodies to make it the best.

The iPhone XS sports a 5.8-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. The display pixels density is 458 pixels-per-inch. Both the devices support Dolby Vision and HDR which is certainly a worth appreciating aspect. The iPhone XS is significantly smaller yet it has large display thanks to notch design. Overall picture quality on both the devices is pretty amazing.


Like always Apple introduces new chipset with the new iPhones, same is the case with this year iPhone XS. The company sets a new standard of performance with the new A12 Bionic chipset. The A12 Bionic is the first 7nm chipset in the market. The Soc is accompanied with 4GB RAM. The base model has 64GB storage, however, you can choose higher models with 256GB and 512GB storage. It doesn't have a slot for memory expansion. All benchmark showcases the A12 Bionic is currently the fastest chipset in the market.

Like most of the latest Android phones, the Xperia XZ3 is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipsets. Its an Octa-core chipset build on the second gen of 10nm process. The latest flagship from Qualcomm is 10 months older and its successor is expected in December this year. The Xperia XZ3 has 4GB RAM and 64GB native storage. Its built-in storage can be further expanded up to 512GB using MicroSD.

On paper, the latest Xperia XZ3 is one of the fastest Android phones but still, it lags behind the iPhone XS. Overall both the devices are ultra fast in handling daily tasks as well as HIFI games and hefty multi-tasking.

Specs iPhone XS Xperia XZ3
Display 5.8-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset A12 Bionic Snapdragon 845
Storage 64, 256, 512GB Non-Expandable 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera Dual 12MP 19MP with f/2.0 aperture
Front camera 7MP 13MP
USB Lightning port Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Battery 2,658mAh 3,300mAh
OS iOS 12 Android Pie


The Xperia XZ3 lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery cell whereas the iPhone XS comes with a smaller battery cell of 2,658mAh. Both the devices have enough battery juice to last one day on single charge. Both the devices support fast and wireless charging. The iPhone XS isn't shipped with a fast charger instead you will have to purchase it separately as an accessory.


This year when OEMs are switching from dual to triple rear cameras Sony still sticks to single rear snapper for their latest flagship. The Xperia XZ2 Premium has dual rear snappers but for the Xperia XZ3, it sticks to single rear snapper. The Xperia XZ3 has single rear snapper of 19MP with f/2.0 aperture. The single snapper comes with dual autofocus. It can record 4K videos at 30fps and super slow-motion Full HD videos at 960 frames per second.

The iPhone XS also sticks to dual 12MP sensors on the rear, however, the sensors are new and Apple also brought improvements in the software department. The iPhone XS emerge as one of the best snappers on the market. The iPhone XS can capture portrait mode shots, thanks to Smart HDR mode it combines shots to produce the final image.

The front-facing selfie snapper on the Xperia XZ3 is 13MP module whereas the iPhone XS comes with a 7MP sensor. The selfie camera on the iPhone XS comes with true depth feature which brings 3D facial recognition and Animoji.


Whether you are an iOS fan or Android OS fascinates you, it's up to you. The Xperia XZ3 is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with Sony's custom UI layer over it. The iPhone XS is running on the latest iOS 12. Being the latest phones both will receive new updates for the next few years but the iPhone XS has the advantage of receiving updates for a longer period and much speedier than the XZ3.

Extra goodies

The Xperia XZ3 also supports PlayStation Remote Play so if you are gamer that's definitely a dream come true. Although the XZ3 lacks any 3D facial recognition it features 3D Creator app which allows the user to 3D map their faces. The good thing is Sony also utilizes the dual curved edges, a new Side Sense feature is introduced which allows the user to quickly access apps by simply tapping on the side. The Truedepth camera on the iPhone XS is quite special as it not only provides 3D facial recognition but also brings Memojis and Animojis feature.


Both Apple and Sony flagships are quite expensive, Apple was the first to touch $999 mark for their flagship phone. Being the latest premium phones both are ultra expensive. The base model of the iPhone XS still starts at $1000 whereas the Xperia XZ3 base model is around $900. The iPhone XS is widely available across the globe and it can be purchased via carriers. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ3 is only available in an unlocked model.


The iPhone XS and Sony Xperia XZ3 are the latest best flagships from respective companies. No matter which smartphone you opt both are amongst the best. In the design department, Sony brought new design hues which makes it quite attractive phone and also the color options make it a pretty good phone whereas the iPhone XS isn't bringing a refreshing change in design instead it sticks to what Apple introduced last year. In the display department either you will like the notch design of iPhone XS or the 2:1 dual curved display of Xperia XZ3.

The iPhone XS outclasses its competitor in the hardware and camera department with a good margin. Both have enough battery to last one day. As OS both have the latest version of Android and iOS respectively. Last but not the least $100 difference isn't much significant here. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone XS in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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Sony itself is a leader when it comes to phone cameras. But with Apple's tech in side iPhones, it's not easy to choose between the two. Software matters.

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