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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs versus LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3

Samsung's latest and greatest takes on recent rivals from LG and Sony. Let's see how the specs line up.

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This Samsung Galaxy Note 4 edition of Spec-versus-Spec compares the hardware and software features crammed into Samsung's fourth-generation Note (and to a large extent, the curvy Note Edge ) with stats from other top handsets.

This time, we weigh the Note 4 against the likable Sony Xperia Z3 that debuted at IFA on Wednesday and LG's G3 flagship, which, like Samsung's supersize phone, is one of the few mobile devices to possess a "Quad HD" display resolution -- that is, 2,560x1,440 pixels.

While the Note 4 is the largest device of the bunch -- and the only one to wield a stylus -- it will certainly joust with the other two premium models when the "phablet" arrives in October. We don't have pricing for the Note 4 or Z3 yet (individual carriers like to do that on their own), but we can show you the phones' strengths and weaknesses, at least on paper.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs versus LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LG G3 Sony Xperia Z3
Dimensions 6 x 3.1 x 0.34 inches (153.5 by 78.6 by 8.5mm) 5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm) 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3mm)
Weight 6.2 ounces (176g) 5.26 ounces (149g) 5.36 ounces (152g)
Display 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560x1,440) 5.5-inch Quad HD LCD (2,560x1,440) 5.2-inch 1080p HD LCD (1,920x1,080)
Pixel density 515 ppi 538 ppi 524 ppi
OS Android 4.4, TouchWiz Android 4.4.2, custom UI Android 4.4.4, custom UI
Camera, video 16-megapixel; 4K video (3,840x2,160) 13-megapixel; 4K video (3,840x2,160) 20.7-megapixel; 4K video (3,840x2,160)
Front-facing camera 3.7-megapixel, wide-angle selfie 2.1-megapixel 2.2-megapixel
Processor 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 or 1.9GHz octa-core chipset 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
Capacity 32GB 32GB 16GB
Extra storage Up to 64GB Up to 128GB Up to 128GB
Battery 3,300mAh 3,000mAh 3,100mAh
Colors White, black, gold, pink Black, white, gold, violet, red White, black, copper, mint green
Waterproof? No No Yes
Extras Heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, stylus Rear controls, knock code, laser camera focus Play PS4 games

Do either the Note 4 or Sony Z3 pique your interest?

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