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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium specs vs. Galaxy Note 5 vs. iPhone 6 Plus vs. LG G4

Don't just take Sony's word that its new top-tier Android phone has what it takes to mow down the competition. See for yourself how they compare in this handy-dandy chart.

Sony's highest-end flagship turns up the pressure.

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As Sony's marquee phone for late 2015, the Xperia Z5 Premium comes out swinging with a huge battery, a promising 23-megapixel camera and a jaw-droppingly high screen resolution. (Before you get too excited about that mammoth 4K screen resolution, read why we think it's serious pixel overkill.)

See how the Z5 Premium matches up against today's top phones, spec for spec.

Just one note: This chart includes the comparably sized iPhone 6 Plus , which Apple is expected to replace with a new version that the company will announce September 9. We'll update this story after we learn more from Apple.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium versus the competition

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Apple iPhone 6 Plus LG G4
Display 5.5-inch with 3,849x2,160-pixel resolution (4K) 5.7-inch with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution 5.5-inch with 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution 5.5-inch with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution
Pixel density 802ppi 518ppi 401ppi 534ppi
Dimensions (imperial) 6.1x3x0.31 inches Galaxy Note 5: 6.03x2.99x0.29 inches; Galaxy S6 Edge+: 6.08x2.98x0.27 inches 6.22x3.06x0.28 inches 5.87x2.96x0.35 inches
Dimensions (metric) 154.4x75.8x 7.8mm Galaxy Note 5: 153.2x76.1x7.6mm; Galaxy S6 Edge+: 154.4x75.8x6.9mm 158.1x77.8x 7.1mm 149.1x75.3x8.9mm
Weight 6.3 ounces (180g) Galaxy Note 5: 6.03 ounces (171g); Galaxy S6 Edge+: 5.39 ounces (153g) 6.07 ounces (172g) 5.4 ounces (152g)
Mobile operating system Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop Apple iOS 8 Android 5.1 Lollipop
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Camera 23-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel 16-megapixel
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 8-megapixel
Processor 1.5GHz and 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Exynos 7 Octa 7420 A8 chip 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Storage 32GB 32GB and 64GB 16GB, 64GB and 128GB 32GB
RAM 3GB 4GB 1GB 3GB
Expandable storage Up to 200GB No No Up to 2TB
Battery 3,600mAh 3,000mAh 2,915mAh 3,000mAh
Price on-contract (US dollars) TBA Galaxy Note 5: $200-$250 (32GB), $350 (64GB); Galaxy S6 Edge+: $300-350 (32GB), $450 (64GB) $300 (16GB), $400 (64GB), $500 (128GB) $200
Price off-contract (US dollars) TBA Galaxy Note 5: $670-$740 (32GB), $770-$840 (64GB); Galaxy S6 Edge+: $720-$792 (32GB), $815-$888 (64GB) $750 (16GB), $850 (64GB), $950 (128GB) $552-$630
Price (UK pounds) TBA No Note 5 currently sold. Galaxy S6 Edge+: £750 (32GB), £830 (64GB) £619 (16GB), £699 (64GB) £390
Price (Australian dollars) AU$1,199 Galaxy Note 5: AU$1,099; S6 Edge+: AU$1,199 (32GB); AU$1,299 (64GB) AU$1,149 (16GB), AU$1,299 (64GB), AU$1,449 (128GB) AU$929

Sony is also jumping into the fingerprint brigade, adding a fingerprint sensor that works, as it does on the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 (and S6 , S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ ) as a security measure to unlock the phone, as well as to authorize mobile payments -- both through on-phone transactions (like PayPal) and through real-world transactions, such as with Android Pay.

In addition to the Z5 Premium, Sony also announced two other, smaller smartphones, the Xperia Z5 and smaller Z5 Compact . All three share some base features, like water-resistant coatings and extremely fast auto-focusing on the camera.

Specs comparisons such as this are a handy indicator of the kind of performance we can expect, but there are so many intangibles that only emerge when you can compare devices side-by-side. We look forward to ferreting out where the Z5 family truly excels and where it merely shows up.

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