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Apple iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Check out how Apple's newly announced iPhone 6S stacks up against its other flagship competitors, like the Galaxy S6.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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The Apple iPhone 6S features 3D Touch and a 12-megapixel camera. James Martin/CNET

At the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the company's latest pair of flagship handsets, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S and the 5.5-inch 6S Plus . In addition to a new rose gold option, the devices feature 3D Touch, an A9 chip processor and a 12-megapixel camera that can shoot ultra high-def 4K video.

But the iPhone 6S is not the only top-tier smartphone available on the market. Samsung, LG and Sony all have premium Android handsets that are powerful as well, and are decked out with premium hardware.

To see how the Galaxy S6 , the LG G4 and the Xperia Z5 Premium compare spec-by-spec to the iPhone 6S, check out the chart below.

Editors' Note: This piece has been updated on September 10 to include the iPhone 6S' battery capacity.

Apple iPhone 6S comparison

Apple iPhone 6SSamsung Galaxy S6LG G4Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Display 4.7-inch with 1,334x750-pixel resolution5.1-inch with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution5.5-inch with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution5.5-inch with 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution
Pixel density 326ppi557ppi534ppi806ppi
Dimensions (imperial) 5.44x2.64x0.28 inches5.65x2.78x0.27 inches5.87x2.96x0.35 inches6.07x2.99x0.31 inches
Dimensions (metric) 138.3x67.1x 7.1mm143.4x70.5x6.8mm149.1x75.3x8.9mm154.4x76.0x7.8 mm
Weight 5.04 ounces (143g)4.8 ounces (138g)5.4 ounces (152g)6.34 ounces (180g)
Mobile operating system Apple iOS 9Android 5.0 LollipopAndroid 5.1 LollipopGoogle Android 5.1 Lollipop
NFC YesYesYesYes
Camera, video 12-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K)16-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K)16-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K)23-megapixel, ultra HD video (4K)
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel5-megapixel8-megapixel5-megapixel
Processor 64-bit A9 chip with M9Octa-core Exynos 74201.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808Octa-core Snapdragon 810
Storage 16GB, 64GB and 128GB32GB, 64GB and 128GB32GB32GB
Expandable storage NoNoUp to 2TBUp to 200GB
Battery Nonremovable 1,715mAhNonremovable 2,550mAhRemovable 3,000mAhNonremovable 3,430mAh

With this latest iteration, Apple bumped the iPhone's already capable 8-megapixel camera to 12 megapixels and added 4K video recording. Though it still doesn't beat out its competitors in terms of megapixel count, the device features a "live photos" software feature that incorporates animation into the images you take.

The iPhone also has 3D Touch, which adds pressure-sensitivity to the handset's screen. While this opens up many changes to how users interact with the display, no upgrade has been made with regard to the resolution itself. Compared to its rivals, the phone still has the lowest pixel density at 326ppi. On paper, that pales in comparison to the blistering Xperia Z5 Premium, which has a 4K resolution and 806ppi.

Though Android users may find the iPhone's updates too incremental to switch, those already in the iOS ecosystem can benefit from the device's new camera and display functionality. The handsets are available for pre-order on September 12 and their retail launch begins September 25.

For more on the iPhone 6S, check out our First Take here , and see all of today's Apple news.