Difference between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Key Difference: The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a high-end phablet launched on July 3, 2012 and marketed as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone." Samsung has now expanded its’ offerings in the phablet category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is named as such because of its 6.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen.

On July 3, 2013, Sony launched what it has dubbed as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone." This is of course the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which is a build up of the company’s flagship the Sony Xperia Z.

Continuing the legacy of Xperia Z, the Xperia Z Ultra is also dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, and waterproof. It is also shatter-proof and scratch-resistant. The Ultra also utilizes the same "Omni-Balance" design as Xperia Z. The phone features a 6.4 inch screen, on which the user can take notes or draw on with a regular pen or pencil.

Under the hood, the phone has a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core processor and 2 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, with 16X digital zoom, as well as a 2 MP front-facing camera. It is powered by a 3050mAh Lithium polymer battery and has 16 GB of internal memory, which is expandable via a microSD of up to 64 GB.

Samsung is essentially  credited with creating the ‘phablet’ category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note. A phablet is a cross between a phone and a tablet; it sized as a table but with all the properties of a phone. Samsung has now expanded its’ offerings in the phablet category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is named such because of its 6.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor with a 1.5 GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Android at the time of its launch. The phone also features an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.9 MP secondary front-facing camera.

In addition to the above mentioned features, the phone also boasts several features that are available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. This includes ‘Group Play’, which enables easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network; ‘Samsung WatchON’ that transforms the phone into an IR remote controller to connect to the home entertainment system; ‘Samsung Link’ for streaming photos, videos, notes, or music to the television, tablet or computer; ‘S Translator’ that provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON, which allows the user to share the phone’s screen with other users

Furthermore, the phone also has a split screen capability that allows two or more applications to share the screen. These applications include email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more. The phone also has the popular ‘Air View’ feature, which allows users to preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts, before opening them. In addition, the ‘S Travel’ feature trip information, local guides and resources, etc., while the ‘Story album’ allows users to create albums of daily events, keep special moments in one place using a timeline, geo-tag information and publish digital albums in hard copy.

Comparison between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Sony Mobile website, samsungmobilepress.com, samsungtomorrow.com, gdgt.com and GSMarena.com.


Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Launch Date

July 3, 2013

May 2013


Sony Mobile Communications



179 x 92 x 6.5 mm (7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 in)

167.6 x 88 x 8 mm (6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 in)


6.4 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen

TFT capacitive touchscreen


1920x1080 pixels, 16M colours (~344 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, 6.3 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)


Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass



212 g (7.48 oz)

199g (7.02 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100


4G Network

C6806: LTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

C6833: LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

LTE - GT-I9205


Sony UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15


Adreno 330



Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800

Exynos 5250


2 GB

1.5 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro SIM


Internal Memory

16 GB

8/16 GB storage

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 64 GB

microSD, up to 64 GB


Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer, Gyroscope

Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope


  • 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
  • aGPS
  • ANT+ wireless technology
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • MHL support
  • Media Go
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • PC Companion
  • Screen mirroring
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • USB charging
  • USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
  • Xperia Link
  • Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • WiFi Direct
  • BT 4.0(BLE)
  • USB 2.0 H/S
  • NFC
  • MHL
  • Infrared port





HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE


microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go

Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

8 megapixel camera fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected]

1.9 MP


[email protected], video stabilization, HDR,


Camera Features

  • 16x digital zoom
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Continue burst mode
  • HDR for photos & videos
  • Face detection
  • Image stabiliser
  • Object tracking
  • Picture Effect
  • Quick Launch
  • Scene recognition
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile shutter
  • Image sensor
  • Superior Auto
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus
  • Touch capture
  • White balance
  • Beauty Face
  • Best Photo
  • Best Face
  • Drama
  • Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range)
  • Sound & Shot
  • Sports
  • Continuous shot

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dynamic normalizer, ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase, Clear stereo


Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player


Video supported formats

DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player


Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery

Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery


Up to 820 hours

Up to 420hours (3G)


Up to 16 hours

Up to 17hours (3G)

Available Colors

Black, White, Purple

White, Black


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS





Stereo FM radio with RDS



with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, waterproof, shatter-proof and scratch-resistant.
  • Dynamic normalizer
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow service
  • SensMe
  • TrackID music recognition
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • xLoud Experience
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Play
  • Google search
  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Maps for Mobile with
  • Street view and Latitude
  • NeoReader barcode scanner
  • Pan & zoom
  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Motion gaming
  • PlayMemories
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Reader mode
  • SensMe slideshow
  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • TV launcher
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube
  • Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
  • Story Album, S Translator
  • Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play
  • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
  • Samsung WatchON
  • Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, samsungtomorrow.com

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