Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

It is a duel at the top, at least in size. The screens of the phones have been growing slowly in recent years, reaching heights we never thought possible until recently. Here we have done with two of the larger models that exist today in the market, the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Both are huge, above the barrier of the 6-inch diagonal. The datasheets of both reveal some differences, as also are found in the final price. Another very important point is the design, with large differences. Two giants, face to face, of a similar size, but very different in its management.

Design and Display

The size is similar, but not identical. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a 6.44 -inch screen diagonal, while the Galaxy Mega is a little below, in the 6.3 inch. The screen resolution favors the Sony, with an achieved Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 points). It is a very high value on the level of the best phones on the market and ensures that images look excellent quality. The Samsung Galaxy Mega has a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. With its 6.3 -inch display, the density gets into a value something more discrete, 233 ppi. It remains a fairly high value, but denotes that the Galaxy Mega is a phone cheaper and with a public something different.

In terms of design, styles that have chosen both brands are distinctly different. The Xperia Z Ultra opts for a very square line, own a tablet than a phone, with a peak corners and empty space in the margins of the screen. This helps make the unit much bigger than the Galaxy Mega, despite having a nearly identical screen size. This commitment rounded corners and very little empty space in the margins, displacing own checks Android off screen, in these small margins, which helps optimize space.

In the field of design, the Samsung solution is far superior to the Sony. Its phone is not only smaller, but is also more pleasant to hold and above all b0ring. Both devices just come into the pockets of trousers because of their size, but once inside the difference are huge. The Sony is not only quite large, but it its sharp corners make sit a torture.


The Galaxy is not the most comfortable device market, but is a much less complicated haul. Both devices are very thin, which contrasts with the enormous size of the equipment. The values are 6.3 mm for the Samsung and 6.5 mm for the Sony. This last one adds an essential ingredient to the mix: is water resistant. Like it’s “little brother”, the Xperia Z (star of the range of Sony), can withstand splashes and small dives without problem. This feature helps place the Xperia one rung above the Galaxy, both in performance and price.

Camera and Multimedia

The camera settings of both devices seem copied and pasted. Both have a camera eight megapixel rear and front two. They can also record videos in quality Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and have an LED flash. They offer the possibility of geo-locating photos, or touch auto-focus and face detector. As if the difference is in the software itself that lead to make the maximum capabilities of this camera.

The Samsung offers preset picture modes as Drama Shot, Best Photo, Sound & Shot and sports mode. Moreover, it has a quite successful interface for the shooting in manual mode, the same as found in the other high-end models Samsung. For its part, the Xperia Z Ultra equipped Exmor sensor with theory RS handles well in low light. And we say “in theory” because the tests have not been as successful as we might expect in these difficult conditions.

However, the Sony if it delivers outstanding results in recording video when light is sufficient, for example daylight. The Samsung Galaxy Mega also falls short at this point.

Power, memory and operating system

Taking a look at the technical specifications of both products and its price, we soon realize that the Samsung Galaxy Mega is a device medium to high, while the Sony Xperia Ultra is placed at a higher step, at the top of the range. The Samsung has a dual-core chip to 1.7 gigahertz and 1.5 GB of RAM, while the Sony equips a Snapdragon 800, of four cores at 2.2 gigahertz, one of the most powerful phones on the market. It also has a graphics chip Adreno 330 and two GB of RAM

But both chips are very powerful, and it’s hard to put them in trouble with everyday use we make of a smartphone, but if we are interested in bench marking and performance testing, the Sony is above this point.

Share OS, Android and version:  4.2 Jelly Bean. Nevertheless, both Sony and Samsung customize the operating system interface with their own versions. It would be difficult to decide on one of the two, it has more to do with the personal tastes of each user and the phones you have had before.

They also share internal memory with 16 GB of internal capacity each. Both also can increase their capacity with micro SD card up to 64 GB. In the case of Samsung, you can also find a version with a smaller capacity of 8 GB.

Connectivity and autonomy

The chapter is nearly identical connections on both models. Both are able to connect to LTE (4G), 3G and WiFi high speed. Also as wireless connections we find Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA and NFC on both devices. The only difference that we find in this aspect between the two models is the presence of the function ANT in the Sony. The connection is designed for sporting applications.

In the chapter on physical connections did not find any difference. Both have the usual ports found in any smartphone: headphone and microUSB port. In both models, the latter port is also compatible with MLH, which allows launching a high definition signal.

Autonomy is one of the fundamental values ​​on these phones, as a screen of this size generally high energy consumption. The Samsung Galaxy Mega has a theoretical range of 17 hours of use and 420 at rest, while the Xperia Z Ultra reaches 14 hours of use and 720 rests thanks to its energy saving mode STAMINA.

In the consumption of battery involves many factors such as the networks to which the terminal is connected, the brightness of the display or the type of use, so that the tests tend to be inaccurate. In a test performed by the Sony Xperia Z Ultra endured 29 hours “awake” with a standard use: surf the Internet, e-mail, social networks and applications with WiFi and 4G. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Mega quite surprised holding nearly 39 hours with similar usage.

Conclusions and price

Both phones have a very limited audience size. Although we are increasingly accustomed to using large screens, these dimensions are still very far from the general public. The Sony Xperia Ultra Z has revealed how a more powerful terminal with an impressive sheet. For its part, Samsung Galaxy Mega has a clearly superior design and is generally easier to use and carry.

In addition, the Galaxy is also quite cheaper. Outside the subsidy schemes of the operators, the Galaxy Mega free costs about 570 euros, depending on the distribution. Meanwhile, the price of Sony Xperia Z Ultra rises to 720.


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