Sony's second major flagship of 2018 – the Sony Xperia XZ3 – has arrived, but it has some steep competition, including the iPhone X, which – despite its launch in 2017 – is still the latest device from Apple and is still a top seller.
With its QHD + OLED screen, stereo speakers, high-end power and more, Sony's new flagship has a lot to offer, but of course that also applies to the iPhone X, and although both are high-end phones, there are a number of of important differences.
If you are not sure which one to choose, you should definitely wait for our full review of the Sony Xperia XZ3, but first we have compared the specifications of the two phones so you can see which strengths each has on paper. .
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X design
The Sony Xperia XZ3 and the iPhone X both have a metal frame and a glass back, but the back of the Sony Xperia XZ3 is much more curved and the phone is thicker at 9.9 mm, to the 7.7 mm of the iPhone X.
They also look very different. There is an Apple logo in the middle of the back of the iPhone X, while you find an annoyingly placed fingerprint scanner on the Xperia XZ3 (the iPhone X does not have a fingerprint scanner, but instead on face recognition with Face ID).
The cameras are also arranged differently, with two on the left side of the iPhone X and only one in the middle of the Sony Xperia XZ3.
Even bigger differences come when viewing the phones from the front. We will discuss the screen below, but keep in mind that the iPhone X has a notch on the top and actually no edge under the screen, while the Xperia XZ3 has a continuous edge both above and below the screen.
An area where the XZ3 has the edge is the water resistance, because the IP68 rating means that it is slightly more waterproof than the IP67-rated iPhone X.
The two phones also come in a different selection of colors. For the iPhone X you can choose from Space Gray or Silver, while the Sony Xperia XZ3 comes in white silver, forest green, black or Bordeaux red.
Of course, their weights and dimensions also differ. The Sony Xperia XZ3 is 158 x 73 x 9.9 mm and 193 g, while the iPhone X is 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and 174 g. So the iPhone X is smaller and lighter in all dimensions.
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X display
Sony and Apple have both switched to OLED screens for these phones, so both should be reasonably lively with good contrast – the iPhone X is that for sure, but we'll give you our final say on the screen of the Xperia XZ3 when we complete it have reviewed.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 has a 6-inch QHD + screen although the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch 1125 x 2436, so the XZ3 is a bit bigger and sharper.
The screen of the Xperia XZ3 is also curved, while the iPhone X's is flat, but where the iPhone X just has a tooth, the Sony Xperia XZ3 has quite large edges.
The aspect ratios also differ a bit, with the Sony Xperia XZ3 being 18: 9, while the iPhone X is 19.5: 9. However, both phones can play video in HDR, so both are convinced that the next-gen display technology is important for the consumer.
Which screen is better, is perhaps subjective, but keep an eye on our Xperia XZ3 test to get a better idea.
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X OS and power supply
The Sony Xperia XZ3 runs Android 9 Pie, the brand new version of Android that is currently found on very few phones. The iPhone X is now running iOS 11.
As always when comparing Android and Apple phones, the difference in operating system is one of the biggest differences – you probably already know which one you prefer.
As far as power is concerned, the Sony Xperia XZ3 has a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4 GB RAM. The first is a top-end chipset and the latter is more or less competitive with other flagship phones (although a few have 6 GB or even 8 GB of RAM).
The iPhone X on the other hand has a comparable top-end Apple A11 Bionic chipset and 3 GB of RAM.
As always with Apple phones, the specifications do not tell the whole story, so do not be put off by the lower RAM number – this thing is at or near the top of most benchmarks and is silky soft in use.
For storage you get 64 GB plus a microSD card slot in the Xperia XZ3, while the iPhone X comes with 64 or 256 GB but does not have a microSD card slot, so there is no expansion potential.
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X camera and battery
You get a 19 MP f / 2.0 camera with one lens on the back of the Sony Xperia XZ3, one with the ability to make 4K HDR videos & # 39; s or Full HD slow motion 960fps videos.
The iPhone X now has a 12 MP camera with two lenses, with one f / 1.8 lens with aperture and one f / 2.4 aperture.
We have not yet tested the snapper of the Xperia XZ3, but we can tell you that the iPhone X is impressive and even works very well in low light. It can also record video in 4K at 60 fps (but not with HDR).
At the front you get a 13 MP f / 1.9 camera on the Sony Xperia XZ3, while the iPhone X has a 7MP f / 2.2, but that does not say the whole story, because it is a TrueDepth camera that is capable of Effectively assess depth of the image for an impressive bokeh effect.
Neither phone has a particularly large battery. The Sony Xperia XZ3 has a 3,330 mAh and the iPhone X has an even smaller 2.716 mAh.
In our review, the iPhone X was a solid day of life – we let you know how the XZ3 works when we have tested the battery. However, both phones support wireless charging.
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs iPhone X price and availability
The Sony Xperia XZ3 starts to hit stores in some regions in September, but the UK will have to wait until October 5. However, you can preorder it now.
We do not know if and when the Xperia XZ3 will land in the US or Australia, or how much it will cost, but in the UK it costs £ 699 (about $ 910 / AU $ 1,250).
The iPhone X on the other hand is now available in all those regions, but it costs a lot, starting at $ 999 / £ 999 / AU $ 1,579 for the 64 GB version and rising to $ 1,149 / £ 1,149 / AU $ 1,829 if you want 256 GB.
We will not know exactly how the Sony Xperia XZ3 relates to the iPhone X until we have gone through it completely, but purely on the basis of specifications it has a larger screen with higher resolution and a comparable amount of power, but a lot of fatter and a camera less.
There are also other differences, indicated above, with the operating system as the most striking, along with the price, since the Sony Xperia XZ3 is considerably cheaper, even though it is newer.