Samsung presented its new Galaxy Round today which stands out primarily due to its curved display, not to mention its impressive tech specs which put it the group of elite high end devices in the smartphone market. We wanted to see exactly how its hardware does in comparison to other devices on the market and compared it to the Galaxy Note 3 and the Xperia Z Ultra.
The Round didn't fall far from the Note 3 tree. It doesn't just simulate the new phablet with its 5.3-inch display, but also the rest of the design is strongly reminiscent if not exactly the same as the pen-packing smartphone. The back has that ''pleather'' while the front also has striking similarities to the Note 3.
On the other hand, Sony did things a lot differently with the Xperia Z Ultra and with a 6.4-inch display, it’s a lot bigger. The design, which is on the other side of the spectrum when compared to Samsung, includes glass and aluminium instead of fake leather and glossy polycarbonate plastic. When we put the Note 3 and the Z Ultra head-to-head in our device wars, most users seem to prefer the Samsung phablet over Sony's anyways, even though the Xperia Z Ultra does give off a very high-quality and elegant look and feel.
|Galaxy Round||Galaxy Note 3||Xperia Z Ultra|
|Dimensions||151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm||151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm||179 x 92 x 6.5 mm|
|Weight||154 g||168 g||212 g|
|Battery||2,800 mAh||3,200 mAh||3,050 mAh|
|Display||5.7-inch, AMOLED, 1,920 x 1,080||5.7-inch, AMOLED, 1,920 x 1,080||6.4 -inch, LCD, 1,920 x 1,080|
|Camera (front)||2 MP||2 MP||2 MP|
|Camera (back)||13 MP||13 MP||8 MP|
|Android version||Android 4.3 with TouchWiz||Android 4.3 with TouchWiz||Android 4.2 with Xperia UI|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB||2 GB|
|Internal storage||32 GB + microSD||32/64 GB + microSD||16 GB + microSD|
|CPU||Snapdragon 800, Quad-Core, 2.3 GHz||Snapdragon 800, Quad-Core, 2.3 GHz||Snapdragon 800, Quad-Core, 2.2 GHz|
|Connectivity||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Price||unknown||starting at $738.99 US (Amazon.com from 09.10.2013)||starting at $632.98 (Amazon.com from 09.10.2013)|
Simply in terms of hardware, the three devices find themselves neck-and-neck, none really making a break for it. The Xperia Z Ultra has the smallest internal memory and ''only'' 2 GB RAM, which however makes it less expensive than the Note 3. In this situation, it really depends on individual users and their smartphone usages and storage needs. For those who necessitate a large display of over 5-inches and a Pen would find the Note 3 the most optimized to their needs, since the stylus offers many intelligent functions, we talked about the coolest S-Pen features last week. But if you would rather have an even bigger display, the Xperia Z Ultra could be right up your alley. Lastly, if you need something innovative and out of the ordinary, then the newly announced Galaxy Round is a definite eye-catcher. When it will hit the world markets has yet to be revealed.
What do you think makes a smartphone stand apart these days, if not hardware? What do you need in smartphone for it to meet your needs and usage?