Difference between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and iPhone 5

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." iPhone 5 was the flagship phone of Apple and a predecessor of the iPhone 5S. It originally came with Apple iOS 6 which will now be upgradeable to 7.

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 Apple iPhone 5 was first launched on September 21, 2012. It was slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features, as compared to the previous iPhones. iPhone 5 originally came with Apple iOS 6 which will now be upgradeable to 7. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM. However, iPhone 5 has been discontinued in light of the release of iPhone 5S.

The phone was available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS was that many features that work only with the iOS 6 did not work in certain territories and Apple had a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone could also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

Comparison between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and iPhone 5:

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


Sony Xperia Z Ultra

iPhone 5

Launch Date

July 3, 2013

September 2012


Sony Mobile Communications

Apple Corporation


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

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm


6.4 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD


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

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors


Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating


212 g (7.48 oz)


2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

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

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

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429


Sony UI


CPU speed

Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6


Adreno 330

PowerVR SGX543MP3


Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1


Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800

Apple A6


2 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro SIM


Internal Memory

16 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 64 GB



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

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.


  • 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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.



GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.


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

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


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, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP


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

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

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

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected]

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular


[email protected], video stabilization, HDR,

[email protected], LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

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
  • touch focus
  • geo-tagging
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR

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

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

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

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery


Up to 820 hours

Up to 225 hours


Up to 16 hours

Up to 8 hours on 3G

Available Colors

Black, White, Purple

Black & Slate and White & Silver.


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

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



HTML (Safari)


Stereo FM radio with RDS



with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS


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
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks
  • PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, forbes.com

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