Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs BlackBerry Z30: The Phablet War Fuels Up

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This week saw some big launches from Samsung, Sony and Blackberry. The phone manufacturers went on to launch their flagship Phablets in the Indian market. Samsung came out with its much-awaited Galaxy Note 3, and Sony launched its Xperia Z1 in India while Blackberry came out with the Z30. GizBot has picked up all three phablets to determine which one offer the most bang for its buck.

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Xperia Z1 vs Galaxy Note 3 vs BlackBerry Z30: The Phablet War Fuels Up

Form Factor

Samsung's Note 3 looses out early on owing to its all-plastic body. You cannot charge half a lakh rupees for a phone that uses plastic through and through. Moving onto the Sony Xperia Z1, thanks to its glass rear and front, coupled with an aluminum bezel, the build quality is superior to the Note 3. As surprising as it is, the Blackberry Z30 sports good build quality as well, easily zooming past the Note 3.

The Xperia Z1 wins this round with its higher quality components and waterproof body.


Among the three, the Note 3 is the largest with its 5.7-inch full HD (1080 x 1920) super AMOLED display that delivers 386 ppi. The other two phablets both use 5-inch screens. Sony has used a 5-inch full HD (1080 x 1920) Triluminos capacitive display that happens to be rich thanks to its Mobile Bravia engine, delivering a shocking 441 ppi. Blackberry's Z30 calls upon a AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels that happens to be inferior to the other two flagships, instantly putting it at third place.

Sony's Xperia Z1, despite being smaller than the Note 3, has the best screen among the three. Sony's put in a lot of its best technology into the display to ensure that it leaves the competition far behind.


Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 calls upon a Exynos 5 Octa chip clocked at 1.9GHz, which packs an ARM Cortex-A15 chip with a more power-friendly Cortex-A7. The phablet uses 3GB of RAM, the highest that we've seen till date, allowing us to believe that multitasking with the Note 3 should be extremely efficient. Sony's Xperia Z1 uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 SoC with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM and the Blackberry uses a Z30 uses a Snapdragon S4 1.7GHz chip coupled with quad-core graphics and 2GB of RAM.

The Note 3 leaps ahead of the competition thanks to its Octa Core processor and 3GB of RAM. While the other two devices delivered solid benchmarks, the Note 3 is much more powerful in comparision.


As always, Blackberry has given its new handset a wonderful chunky 2,880 mAh battery that delivers almost a day and half of charge. Sony has slipped in a 3000 mAh battery that manages to deliver an entire day of usage on a single charge. Samsung tops this round with a massive 3,200 Ah battery.


The back of the Z30 has an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 lens and 1080p video recording capabilities. Video chatting has been taken care of with an 2MP front-facing snapper. Samsung uses a 13 megapixel auto focus BSI Sensor in the back and a 2 megapixel BSI sensor with Full HD video recording in the rear. Sony leads the pack with a 20.7 MP rear camera that uses a sizeable 1/2.3-inch sensor. Theres a 2 megapixel front facing shooter that can take videos at 1080p.

The Sony Xperia Z wins this round hands down thanks to its power imaging technology. We expected more form the Samsung, but the company has deliver a camera that belongs with the flagships in 2012.


If you're into a stylish design, viewing tons of multimedia and snapping brilliant pictures on the go, the Xperia Z1 is the obvious choice. Thanks to its powerful feature set, it offers more value for money at Rs. 44,990.

Shell out Rs. 5,000 more and you can grab the Note 3, which is your best option for productivity thanks to its amazing battery life, unparalleled multitasking abilities and unique Air Command features.

We were really hoping to see something better from the Blackberry Z30, however, when pitted against the competition, it doesn't shine or impress. However, analysts do believe that the Z30 is the phone that the Z10 should have been. Blackberry has failed to pack in the best hardware in the market yet again, causing us to ridicule its price tag, which should most certainly be over Rs. 40,000.

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