Sony Xperia Z1 vs Apple iPhone 3GS

Sony Xperia Z1 on Amazon USA
Apple iPhone 3GS on Amazon USA

Comparison of the technical features between smartphones, with the Sony Xperia Z1 on one side and the Apple iPhone 3GS on the other, also their respective performances with the benchmarks. The first has a processor with 4 cores, 4 threads, a maximale frequency of 2.3GHz. The second chips has a total of 1 cores, 1 threads, its turbo frequency is set to 0.6GHz. The following table also compares the lithography, the amount of RAM memory, the date of first broadcast, the values obtained in Geekbench.

Specification comparison:

SmartphoneSony Xperia Z1 Apple iPhone 3GS
Model version(s)

C6902, C6903, C6906,
SO-01F, SOL23

A1325, iPhone 3
Release dateQ3 2013 Q2 2009
Dimensions5,67 x 2,91 x 0,33 in 4,55 x 2,44 x 0,48 in
Weight6.00 oz 4.76 oz
BodyFront and back glass,
aluminum body
aluminum body
Screen size, colours5.0 inches, 16M colours 3.5 inches, 16M colours
Screen typeTFT TFT
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels 320 x 480 pixels
Screen ratio16:9 3:2
Density441 ppi 165 ppi
Operating systemAndroid 4.2 iOS 3
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Samsung APL0298C05
Lithography28 nm HPM 65 nm
Cores4 1
Threads4 1
High performance cores

4x Qualcomm Krait 400 @ 2.26 GHz

1x ARM Cortex-A8 @ 600 MHz
GPU integrated graphicsQualcomm Adreno 330 Imagination PowerVR SGX535
GPU execution units1 2
GPU shading units128 8
GPU base clock450 MHz -
GPU boost clock450 MHz 200 MHz
GPU FP32 floating point147.9 GFLOPS 1.6 GFLOPS
Memory2 GB RAM 256 MB RAM
Storage16 GB 8 / 32 GB
Memory cardUp to 64 GB -

20,7 MP, f/2,0, 27mm

3,15 MP, AF, f/2,8


Front photo

2 MP

Front video


WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth4.0, A2DP 2.1, A2DP
USBmicroUSB 2.0 USB 2.0
Battery capacity2,700 mAh 1,220 mAh
Battery typeNon removable Li-Ion Non removable Li-Ion
Battery life (versatile use)~ 9 hours ~ 8 hours
TDP6 W 3 W
Head SAR- -
Body SAR- -
(Android | iOS)
Geekbench 4 single core
987 150
(Android | iOS)
Geekbench 4 multi-core
2,324 150

We can easily compare the technical characteristics between these two smartphones. The phone Sony Xperia Z1 has more cores, the maximum frequency of Sony Xperia Z1 is greater. The Sony Xperia Z1 has a newer release date.

Autonomy: the autonomy given is the one for a versatile use with video playback, web browsing, various applications, games, photos, etc ...

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Performance comparison with the benchmarks:

Performance comparison between the two smartphones, for this we consider the results generated on benchmark softwares such as Geekbench.

Geekbench 4 - Multi-core & Single Core Score - Android & iOS
Sony Xperia Z1 987
Apple iPhone 3GS 150

In single core, the difference is 558%. In multi-core, the differential gap is 1449%.

Geekbench 4 is a complete benchmark platform with several types of tests, including data compression, images, AES encryption, SQL encoding, HTML, PDF file rendering, matrix computation, Fast Fourier Transform, 3D object simulation, photo editing, memory testing. This allows us to better visualize the respective power of these devices. For each result, we took an average of 250 values on the famous benchmark software.

See also:

Sony Xperia ZSony Xperia Z2Sony Xperia Z3Sony Xperia Z3 CompactSony Xperia Z5Sony Xperia Z5 CompactSony Xperia Z5 DualSony Xperia Z5 PremiumSony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual

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