Two powerful new large smartphones are entering the market. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be competing directly with each other. The question on most users minds is, which one should I get?
Below we break down everything we know about the two upcoming devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Galaxy Note 3 Is set to release sometime between July to September. It's still rather difficult to say but we can be reasonably sure that it will be in 2013. Samsung Kazakhstan even accidently confirmed it on its website.
The price is almost certain to be more than the Galaxy Note 2 on account of superior specs and screen size. Know Your Mobile speculates that the price could be $970 but that seems exceedingly expensive. We would estimate that its more likely to be in the more in the $600 range, possibly similar in price to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
Specs & Features:
Its still fairly early to know the Galaxy Note 3's specs but what we have so far is, "Rumors suggest the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 5.9-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor of some variety, 13MP camera, and a design that looks like the Samsung Galaxy S4."
Leaks have also confirmed the 13MP camera of the Note 3:
"A picture taken on the Galaxy Note 3 and posted on Picasa has confirmed the handset will ship with a 13-megapixel camera.
The picture, which doesn't show anything particularly interesting, surfaced on the picture sharing site with a 2322x4128 pixel resolution, suggesting a 13-megpaixel setup capturing in 16:9 mode."
This is largely corroborated by TechRadar: "The Note III will also reportedly include a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm, LTE, 802.11ac W-Fi and a 5.99-inch 1080p display running Android 4.2.2/4.3." quoting inside sources at Sam Mobile as claiming the Note III will be "the most powerful in the world with a octa-core processor, eight-core GPU, 3GB of RAM, 5.99-inch Full HD display and a 13MP rear camera."
We would guess that the Note 3 will be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, particularly if it comes out in July, the same time the 4.3 Jelly Bean update is expected. Despite speculation to the contrary, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie won't be coming out till October so unless the Galaxy Note 3's release is purposely delayed, don't expect it to come boasting anything higher than the 4.3.
The body of the device is likely to be made entirely of aluminum, as we reported earlier. It's also not clear how big the screen will be, but we know it will be fairly large, possibly a 6.3-iinch display on the higher end to a 5.9-inch display on the lower end. Another prospect is that the display could be flexible, like the one Samsung demonstrated at CES 2013, but that's more likely to show up on the Galaxy S5 than the Galaxy Note 3.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Sony has made it clear that it will announce the device on July 4, using an invitation written by a stylus, similar to the S pen on the Galaxy Note 2. The invitation was sent to French sites and blogs.
It's sure to have a higher price than the Xperia Z but aside from that we have a paucity of details about what it might be priced.
Specs & Features:
According to gottabemobile:
"While the Xperia Z is completely water-resistant, the device pictured in today's invitation has an exposed headset jack, possibly indicating that users would be better off keeping it away from water just as they would many other smartphones. If the Xperia Z Ultra isn't waterproof that would be a shame as the feature was one of the many reasons we awarded the Xperia Z our Best of Phone of CES Award.
The Xperia Z Ultra will reportedly boast a 6.44 inch display with a 1080P resolution, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage space and an 8 megapixel camera for taking photos making it a solid competitor to not only the Galaxy Note 2 but the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that is rumored for later this year."
Know Your Mobile reports different information:
"Also onboard will be 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space and it will support microSD up to 64GB. The details confirm the display will be a 6.4-inch Triluminos with Sony's X-Reality engine (an evolution of its Mobile Bravia Engine 2, according to rumours) and a 1920x1080 pixel Full HD resolution at 342 pixels-per-inch (ppi). It'll also feature OptiContrast technology.
Camera tech appears to be and Exmor RS 8-megapixel snapper with HDR on the rear and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing Exmor R setup. The phone will also have NFC, Wi-Fi, MHL and a 3,000mAh battery pack.
Alongside the spec sheet there's an image showing the display being drawn on with a pencil. Previous rumours said the device would come with a stylus, but the super-sensitive screen will allow other objects to be used as a stand-in stylus should the need arise."
Pictures of a pencil used on the Xperia Z Ultra HERE.
Overall, it's still too early to make a call on which one of these reports is true. Frankly, we hope it's the latter.
Both phones are shaping up to be strong devices regardless.
Which device are you looking forward to the most? The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the Sony Xperia Z Ultra?