Difference between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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." The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the predecessor of the latest Samsung phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Sony had recently launched its flagship phone the Sony Xperia Z. After the success of Xperia Z, Sony sought to outdo it with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a high-end phablet launched on July 3, 2012. The company has marketed the device as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone."

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.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II or Note 2 is a phablet manufactured by Samsung and is an Android based smartphone. The Note II is the predeccesor of the Galaxy Note 3 and the successor of the Galaxy Note I. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The beauty of a Galaxy Note II is that it falls between the categories of a smartphone and a tablet. It is hence marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

In terms of hardware, the Note II features a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 720p resolution display, and 2 GB of RAM. The Note II is available in a variety of colors and in storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The phone also has an external expandable memory of up to 64 GB. The Galaxy Note II was launched with Android 4.1 (also called Jelly Bean) and at the time of its launch was the first phone to feature Android 4.1. The Note II also has easy usability because of the pen, which the users can use to write or draw on the phablet like it was paper.

Comparison between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Sony Mobile website, the Samsung website and GSMArena.com.


Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Launch Date

July 3, 2013

September 2012


Sony Mobile Communications

Samsung Corporation


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

151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)


6.4 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen

5.5 inches, super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


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

720 x 1280 pixels, (~267 ppi pixel density)


Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2


212 g (7.48 oz)

183 g (6.46 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - N7105

4G Network

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

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

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - N7105


Sony UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9


Adreno 330



Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800

Exynos 4412 Quad


2 GB


SIM Size

Micro SIM


Internal Memory

16 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 64 GB

up to 64 GB


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

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


  • 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
  • Synchronization 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
  • Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE
  • USB 2.0 Host
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  • Wi-Fi HT40
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • NFC
  • S Beam
  • Samsung AllShare Play & Control
  • Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display)
  • Mirroring & Extention
  • Samsung AllShare Framework





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

HSDPA, 42 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, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR


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

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

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

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected]

1.9 MP


[email protected], video stabilization, HDR,

[email protected]

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
  • Simultaneous HD video and Image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

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

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

Video supported formats

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

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

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery

Li-ion 3,100 mAh


Up to 820 hours

Up to 980 h (2G) / Up to 890 h (3G)


Up to 16 hours

Up to 35 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)

Available Colors

Black, White, Purple

Titanium Gray, Marble White, Amber Brown, Ruby Wine, Pink


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

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





Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS (N7100 only)


with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator

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
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung Live Panel
  • Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Direct claa, Screen Recorder, Quick Glance,
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • S Note
  • S Planner
  • Email with hand-writing, integration
  • S Pen Keeper
  • Quick Command, Easy ClipPhoto Note, Paper Artist
  • Shape Match, Formula Match

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, allthingsd.com

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