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Galaxy Round, Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra: Battle of the Tech Specs

Authored by: Nico Heister — Oct 9, 2013

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.

vergleich galaxy round note 3 z ultra
© Samsung Tomorrow/Samsung Mobile/Sony Mobile/AndroidPIT

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.

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The Galaxy Round didn't fall too far from the Note 3 tree. / © Samsung Tomorrow

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.

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Sony's OmniBalance Design was also applied to the Z Ultra. / © Sony
  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 ( from 09.10.2013) starting at $632.98 ( from 09.10.2013)

Bottom Line

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?

Nico Heister fell in love with Android when he bought the Motorola Milestone back in December 2009. He is passionate about hardware, software and all sorts of technology. He is curious about new things and is always on the lookout for new apps and gadgets. He is known for drinking too much coffee and sleeping too little. In his free time, he enjoys a good movie and long walks on the beach. The last part isn't true.


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  • Chris Rosa Oct 13, 2013 Link to comment

    I used to be proud to say "I'm strictly an HTC man" at the smartphone retail stores. I know that HTC is loosing what little market share they have left, but now it seems official, they either need to step up their game or die trying. Good luck HTC.

  • noor kabara Oct 12, 2013 Link to comment

    It is the specs that distinguish the high end, the middle, and low end smartphones. i will stick with the note 3. it won in almost all respect.

  • Amy R. Oct 12, 2013 Link to comment

    Yup, Note 3 for sure

  • Sterling Keys Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    It just feels as if the Galaxy Round is around because Samsung wanted to see if they could make it. And well, looks like they did. Either way, as with the previous comments, I'd stick with the Note 3.

  • H.T Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    No kidding if round's price is good it might just be my next phone, going for note 3 otherwise.

  • Omar H Blak Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    I say the Note 3 takes this one for longer battery life.