If we list the top 10 most coveted smartphones for 2015, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium will certainly be on that list. Both phones have grabbed a lot of attention and are loved by many. Let’s see how they fare against each other:

Xperia Z5 Premium has a better display

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will definitely get all the credits for its stunning and jaw dropping display resolution. The 5.5-inch smartphone sports a metal frame with glass panels. The 4K IPS LCD display screen is scratch resistant and has oleophobic coating. The gorgeous display comes with a resolution of 3,849 x 2,160 pixels that result in a pixel density of 802 pixels per inch (ppi).

On the other hand, the Samsung Note 5 also features a similar metal and glass body. Note 5 sports a 5.7-inch Super Amloed display protected by Gorilla Glass 4 with 2,560 x1, 440-pixel resolution (518ppi).

Both almost strike a balance with processor and battery

Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium is powered by octa-core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and another four cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The device offers 32 GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 200 GB coupled with 3GB of RAM. The device houses a huge 3,600 mAh battery to keep the lights on. Sony claims the phone will stay alive for 2 days with a single charge, reports Android Authority.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is powered by Exynos 7420 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 3,000 mAh battery. The premium Galaxy smartphone comes with two options for internal storage, 32 GB and 64 GB, which can’t be expanded further. Both phones run on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

Sony Xperia has an excellent camera sensor

Again, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is a winner in the camera department. Its 23 MP rear camera featureing Sony’s new IMX300 sensor, Xperia Z5 Premium is rated the “best mobile photo and video scores to date” by industry experts at DxOMark.

The primary camera can capture 5520 x 4120 pixel images and video at 2160 pixels per 30 frames per second (fps). The sensor also features a 192-point hybrid autofocus system that provides the fastest focusing time of 0.03 seconds. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 offers a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation at the back with 5 MP front facing selfie snapper like the Xperia Z5 Premium.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 supports Samsung Pay

Both the devices have all the normal connectivity standards but the Note 5 is compatible with Samsung Pay, the most widely accepted mobile payment standard in the world. Samsung Pay works with both NFC and MST terminals and thus users can use the Note 5 to make payments almost everywhere. The device also comes with a stylus, reports GSM Arena.

With an outstanding camera sensor and better display, the Xperia Z5 Premium is for those that prefer excellence in multimedia content. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the expandable storage and a bigger battery go in favour of the Z5. The only striking advantage with the Galaxy Note 5 is that it supports Samsung Pay. Otherwise, the Xperia Z5 is definitely a better choice.

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