Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison: kings of premium

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Comparing Sony and Apple products is always interesting because they often aim to achieve similar goals: luxurious smartphones which offer high-performance and gorgeous photographs. But which will be better: iPhone 6s or a Sony Xperia Z6? This is the question I will try to help you answer today in our Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison.

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Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison: Display

Though the Sony Xperia range saw its first entry into the 4K display world with the Xperia Z5 Premium, we don’t think a similar display will appear on the Z6.

It might, however, become the first QHD entry in the series. With most other major Android manufacturers making phones with such display resolutions – and even HTC is expected to make the jump this year – it might be foolish for Sony to lag behind in this area. Disappointingly, current rumors indicate the Z6 will have a Full HD resolution screen. 

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The Xperia Z6 will surely have more pixels, but will it look better than the iPhone 6s screen? / © ANDROIDPIT

The iPhone 6s has an even lower resolution display, coming in at 1,334 x 750 pixels. What it lacks in pixel density though, it makes up for in brightness and vibrancy.

The iPhone 6s also employs 3D Touch technology, meaning its display can interpret pressure. Whether or not this an essential feature for you may not matter, as unconfirmed reports suggest that the Xperia Z6 will feature a similar technology of Sony’s own design. This year the Xperia and iPhone range may be closer than ever before. 

Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison: Design

Sony has so managed to control design leaks pretty well. We don’t know what the Xperia Z6 has in store on the looks front, but we aren’t expecting a huge deviation from the past five generations of the device. Sony has pursued a water-resistant glass and metal body (what it refers to as Omnibalance principles) for a while now, and the differences between the Z6 design and the Z5, will probably be subtle. 

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Apple's iPhone sales rely rather heavily on its devices looking good, and indeed, the iPhone 6s is a handsome handheld. It's light (143 g), smooth (rounded corners and sides), thin (7.1 mm thick), with a 4.7-inch diagonal display, and is very comfortable to hold. You don't have to love Apple to appreciate the sophisticated looks of the latest iPhone. 

Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison: Camera

The cameras found on the Sony Xperia range and the Apple range usually differ in their approaches. Sony favors high megapixel counts, lots of detail and superb definition. By comparison, photos snapped by iPhone cameras don’t contain as many pixels, but do provide superb clarity and color, with relatively little noise in low light.

Which is best? It depends on what you like. Sony knows what it's doing when it comes to making cameras sensors – indeed, Sony has supplied many iPhone camera sensors – but some people prefer the iPhone's image processing. Regardless of pixel numbers, many people just like the look of the iPhone photos. 

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Warm iPhone 6s camera (top left) and a cool Xperia Z3 Compact shot (bottom right). / © ANDROIDPIT

If we had to say which was likely to be better, though, we'd put our money on the Sony Xperia Z6. We believe that the Xperia Z5 has the best camera on an Android phone right now and its successor should be even more impressive. 

Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison: Specs and features

The Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact were missing fingerprint scanners for the US release of the phones, and it's unclear whether the US edition of the Xperia Z6 will have one (if it even arrives there). The iPhone 6s does have a fingerprint scanner.  

The Xperia Z6 is expected to house 4 GB of RAM, compared with 2 GB of RAM on the iPhone 6s, and a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, compared with the dual-core processor found in the iPhone.

Realistically, the Xperia Z6 should perform as well as the iPhone 6s if not better, as long as it doesn't suffer any overheating problems like the Xperia Z3+ from last year did.

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Which will be better, the Xperia Z6 or the iPhone 6s? / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z6 vs iPhone 6s comparison: Price and conclusion

The Sony’s Xperia Z6 is probably going to be a great phone. We've said before that Sony’s phones are the best phones that nobody wants, but iPhones are the phones that many, many people want. And a big part of the reason for that comes from reputation and marketing. 

The iPhone 6s is expensive – it costs around US$700 for the base model while the Xperia Z5 just went on sale in the US starting at US$599.99.

It will be interesting to see the iPhone 6s side-by-side with the Xperia Z6 when it comes out, but realistically, unless you prefer the iOS operating system, the iPhone 6s is unlikely to be superior to the Z6 in many areas apart from the speed of its software updates, and it's more expensive. 

Which device do you think will be best? Let us know in the comments. 

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  • Peter Harwood Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    ha ha, stubborn but truthful?

  • K A R P O V. Stas Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Emm.., I forgot to mention that the Xperia fans, differ stubbornness ...

  • Peter Harwood Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    yep same as i said you've never had a z5 or any other top end phone, Nokia do make good camera's i should know because I've had a few but the 808 apart from the camera is not in the same class as a z5 bye the way is this the strange looking phone with the camera on the back that looks like a boil about to burst? Z5 out classes this little mini phone by a long long way, you stick with your outdated little boy's phone,and I'll stick with my far superior Z5

  • K A R P O V. Stas Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Wery good if some fans remend me about profeccional camera reviews.. Checkout smartcamclub, they are professionals, and watch review - "Flower shop revisited: LG, Lumia, Samsung and Sony"

    And the last, for all Sony lovers. I tested Xperia Z5 camera, wanna to say - Sony is garbage, like always.

  • Peter Harwood Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Forgot to mention KARPOV i would have a guess you've never owned a high end phone in your life? and you Base all your opinions by what you've read and not by using the product?

  • Peter Harwood Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Well it just goes to show what bollocks you talk? First I'm not a Sony fan boy as I've only had Sony for the last 2 or 3 years after owning most other makes and will probably get the Samsung s7 if they get rid of the ugly camera?Talk about fan boy's you sound as if your a LG fanboy? there's nothing wrong with that! but i wouldn't give an opinion on that phone because I've never used it same as you've never had a z5! but all your information is based on opinions of reviewers who for some reason don't like Sony? You say the camera doesn't do this dosent do that but in reality it's one of the best camera's out there at the moment, that's not just me saying that,that's from the professional camera reviews. So next time you spout off a load of shit about something you've never had try it first then you can give a true opinion of what it's like! LG fanboy?

  • K A R P O V. Stas Feb 13, 2016 Link to comment

    It makes me laugh when Sony fans, start talking about manual controls, which almost not on Xperia))) Where is Exposure on Tap, long exposure, RAW, sharpness control ....? Where !?)))
    Even in 2016 year, Xperia camera has not learned to shoot quality photos in Auto mode, it`s considered a weak camera.

    PS manual controls, set up for what would create masterpieces, and not like on Xperias, which you would must spend 10 minutes, in order to get a picture like on Galaxy and Lg level taken in auto mode. ))

  • Peter Harwood Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    Rubbish! Z series has always had manual controls on camera, photos are good and not blurry or noisey in low light if you know how to use it properly! Sounds as if you just read the rubbish about low light pics which is not true Sony is a better camera than iPhone 6, but how would you know anyway, seen as though you've never had one?

  • K A R P O V. Stas Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    Sony photos never showed good details, and clear quality. Always blurred and noisy. ( And Z series has not normally manual controls like on Lumia`s and LG..

  • Peter Harwood Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

    I've always said it doesn't matter if a Sony phone is better than iPhone! the apple sheep will always follow apple like sheep do, they seem unable to make decisions for themselves and listen to there mates who have one. Sony have a better phone than apple now but when will these apple sheep become aware of this!

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  • Art Tappan Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

    SONY always manages to come to the race a day late and a dollar short with an "also-ran" product. Or put another way, they show up to a gunfight with a pocket knife. Their phones are always a little behind the curve on specs and performance. They don't advertise anywhere, and they don't sell their smartphones in the US, the world's biggest, most important, and most affluent market. If SONY wants to run with the big dogs like Apple and Samsung, they had better start acting like a big dog.

    The Z6 really must be a stellar and amazing phone, not just another warmed-over iteration of a previously warmed-over iteration. "Good enough" is no longer good enough in today's world. The Z6 must be a premium product in every aspect. They need to give us a real homerun this time, advertise the hell out of it everywhere, and price it to sell...or it may very well be "lights out" for SONY's mobile phone division. Here is what the Z6 will need, at minimum, to be a winner and a strong competitor against Apple and Samsung.:

    1. 4 GB RAM
    2. A better faster camera, especially needs help in low-light situations. Come on SONY! You can get this right!
    3. SD 820 SoC with zero, repeat ZERO, issues (no stuttering, no overheating)
    4. A brighter, cleaner and clearer QHD display. (How about AMOLED or even OLED?)
    5. A more reliable fingerprint scanner that works the first time, every time. And place the button in a more convenient ergonomic position.
    6. Forget about 4K, PS remote control, pressure sensitive touch screens, and dinosaurs in the background. All worthless gimmicks. Who really cares about these tricks?
    7. More durable build quality. Omni-balance is classic and beautiful...I like it a lot, but please, no plastic.
    8. Better audio with front facing speakers.
    9. Premium earbuds/mic set-up included in the box.
    10. Sell your products in the USA. What were you thinking when you left the US market? You need to sell the Z6 thru all major US carriers, and on your own company website unlocked, for sure. Please, no half-assed versions here.
    11. MOST IMPORTANT: World-class customer service & warranty support everywhere on the planet at every SONY authorized sales & service location worldwide with no BS or double talk.
    12. Price it to sell. Your phones are too expensive for what they are.

    • Cristian Oprea Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

      Dude, there's no plastic on Xperia. Only aluminium and glass. The camera is already the best on the market. Stuttering and overheating never been an issue for Xperia phones, except that Z3+/Z4 version. While AMOLED and OLED have some advantages, some people still preffer IPS and Sony never used anything else, so I doubt it will feature any of them. Xperia's IPS screen is pretty awesome though. There arent really any fingerprint scanners reliable on any Android device so I wouldnt get my hopes up too much about that (not that it isnt just another of those unnecessary gimmicks you were talking about, imho). 4K is only available on Z5 Premium, while PS Remote Control is pretty nice if you own a PS. Build quality has always been excellent to amazing on Xperia phones, compared to ANY other Android Phone, so I don't know what you are talking about there. Audio also is and has been very good for the Xperia series for quite some time. Premium earbuds in the box, really? Who's gonna give you >$200 earbuds on a $700 phone? Especially since you also demand them to lower the price, lol. You need to reevaluate your expectations, really.

      • Ravindu Thimantha Gamage Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

        //There arent really any fingerprint scanners reliable on any Android device so I wouldnt get my hopes up too much about that//

        The Nexus 6P and Huawei Mate S has the best fingerprint scanners I've ever seen in ANY device. I own an iPhone 6s as well and the Mate S sensor is far better than the TouchID.

      • Francesco V. Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

        Huawei Honor 7 has a fast and reliable fingerprint scanner. No doubts about that.

      • Philip N Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

        The fingerprint sensor is not all that bad and works really well plus I think the placement is perfect its exactly where you need it when you pick the phone up. Sony always boxes really good earbuds with their phones. They are noise cancelling and very high quality I dont think you get that with an iPhone.

        Art Tappen I dont think you know much Sony phones especially the Xperia Z5 lol

    • Francesco V. Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

      Just wanted to add: a battery that really last >2 days.
      I am sick tired of devices lighter than a feather with fast charging... What about a device that you can feel in your hands and provides you with lot of juice? Come on Sony! (Btw, aggressive battery saving tricks often spoil the correct use of the phone, so just add a bigger battery and - as said - no bloatware).

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