PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z Ultra vs GALAXY Note

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com, phonearena.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z Ultra vs GALAXY Note

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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Much better AnTuTu 3D score 9,607 vs 2,682 More than 3.5x better AnTuTu 3D score
Significantly faster web browser 3,089 vs 2,053 More than 50% better BrowserMark score
Significantly better overall performance 2,692 vs 331 Around 8.2x better geekbench score
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 42.2 Mb/s More than 3.5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Much longer standby time 52,128 min vs 14,976 min Around 3.5x longer standby time
Significantly faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Noticeably bigger screen 6.4" vs 5.3" More than 20% bigger screen
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 800 More than 2x higher resolution
Quite a bit thinner 6.5 mm vs 10 mm 35% thinner
More battery capacity 3,050 mA·h vs 2,500 mA·h More than 20% more battery capacity
Sharper screen 344 ppi vs 284 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note

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Samsung GALAXY Note

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Significantly lighter 178 g vs 212 g More than 15% lighter
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z Ultra  vs GALAXY Note 

8.0
8.5
The phone's insanely high resolution 1280 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED HD display is easy on the eyes.
GALAXY Note

8.7
7.5
The Z Ultra towers above all those phablets not only in screen size, but in specs and design, too, so if you've thrown out ergonomics and pocketability with the decision to get one anyway, you might as well do the full song and dance.
Xperia Z Ultra

8.0
8.0
Where the Xperia Ultra Z made us want to cry with its camera performance, when it came to the media offerings, we were really impressed.
Xperia Z Ultra

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z Ultra  vs
GALAXY Note 
Size 6.4" 5.3"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 344 ppi 284 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.2 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 840 min 600 min
Talk time (3G) 960 min 810 min
Standby time 52,128 min 14,976 min
Standby time (3G) 49,248 min 49,248 min
Capacity 3,050 mA·h 2,500 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z Ultra  vs
GALAXY Note 
Weight 212 g 178 g
Thickness 6.5 mm 10 mm
Size 92.2 x 179.4 x 6.5 mm 83 x 147 x 10 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 4.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
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