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iPhone 6s vs. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium – Which Smartphone Is Better?

Every time Apple introduces a new flagship onto the market, it doesn’t take long for Sony to follow suit. The Xperia Z5 Premium is the response to the iPhone 6s. Can the Android smartphone keep up with the Apple device? Or is it even better? We compared the two devices regarding camera, performance and battery capacity.

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The first big difference is visible in the display size. Whereas the iPhone measures a diagonal of 4.7 inches, scores the Xperia Z5 Premium with 5.5 inches like the Plus models of the iPhone 6s or 7. Both smartphones fit well into the hand and feel good, but you will notice clear differences in the operation. The iPhone 6s can easily be operated with one hand. The Sony smartphone could be difficult to operate for users with smaller hands because you cannot reach every part of the screen anymore. A plus factor for the Sony device is the fingerprint sensor on the side that allows unlocking the smartphone with one move. Looking at the size and the used materials, the Xperia Z5 Premium appears pretty massive and almost too big for the pocket in your pants.


Another big difference is the display resolution. The Xperia Z5 Premium is the first smartphone with a 4K Ultra HD display and has a resolution of 806 pixels per inch. The iPhone 6s only has 326ppi. If you want to use your smartphone with VR Glasses, you should get the Xperia Z5. In everyday life, the retina display of the iPhone is totally fine.


Considering the high-resolution display of the Xperia Z5 Premium, it also has to be able to take great photos. Sony is again ahead of the iPhone in this category: It has a 23-megapixels main camera, while the iPhone 6s only comes with 12 megapixels. The big difference in megapixels is clearly visible in the photos: The Sony smartphone provides extremely sharp pictures in good light conditions. However, the iPhone 6s is ahead of the Sony in bad light conditions, although it has a smaller sensor. Both smartphones record videos in 4K.


The Z5 Premium is dust and water resistant according to its IP protection class 65/68. Therefore it can survive a 60in deep dive in fresh water for up to 30 min. The iPhone 6s is not IP protected, but still more robust related to the used material. Many users complain about the high scratch vulnerability of the Sony display and back side. Fingerprints are extremely visible on the glass surface and make the smartphone appear dirty. So a screen protection is a must for Xperia Z5 users.

Battery capacity

To make sure that the Z5 Premium isn’t out of puff with 4K videos and high-resolution display, it got a capacity of 3220mAh. It will last for seven to eight hours with a mixed usage, which is not much considering the size of the battery. The device will make it through the work day, but if you need more power, you’ll need to charge it again. The iPhone 6s has a battery capacity of 1715mAh and lasts just as long as the Android competitor.


Beneath the record-breaking display of the Z5 Premium, Sony built in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 power processor, which is clocked for 2 GHz and is supported by 3 GB RAM. The Xperia Z5 Premium counts as one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. The downside is the high heat generation that occurs in high strain. The A9 Chip with integrated M9 Motion Coprocessor serves enough power for the iPhone 6s. Both smartphones run smoothly, open apps without waiting time and don’t jerk.


Both smartphones are high-end devices with strengths and weaknesses. Sony scores with a high resolution and very good camera in the Xperia Z5 Premium, while Apple bets on the comprehensive package in the iPhone 6s.