There’s no shortage of competition about in this mid-range smartphone category, something Samsung and Sony will no doubt be well aware of. In this battle, we’ll see two new models going toe-to-toe – Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 vs Sony Xperia M.
For raw horsepower, the Sony Xperia M has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 SoC (system on a chip] CPU clocking in at 1GHz to power through your apps and its rival more than ably gets by on a 1GHz dual-core processor (1.2GHz for the LTE option). Screen quality goes a long way to setting your overall experience and here, the Sony Xperia M runs a TFT capacitive touchscreen-type panel that measures 4.0 inches and delivers 480 x 854 pixels pixels. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 also has a decent 4.0-inch display panel built from TFT capacitive touchscreen technology measuring 4.0 inches. In terms of gaming power, that’s covered by an as-yet-unknown GPU in the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and you’ll find an Adreno 305 graphics chip powering the Sony Xperia M. Processors don’t get far with enough RAM to keep them happy and in this head-to-head, the Xperia M gets a 1 GB cache of memory to use; the Galaxy Ace 3 also features 1 GB of RAM.
The Sony unit takes care of storage with 4 GB of flash whereas the Samsung Galaxy can handle your favourite apps with the 4 GB (3G) / 8 GB (LTE) of flash at its disposal. But if you need more than the internally supplied storage, the Sony Xperia M offers microSD, up to 32 GB. The Galaxy also has microSD, up to 64 GB to deliver extra external storage space. The operating system powering the Samsung is Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). On the Sony, it’s Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) delivering all of the system extras.
As for portable power, you can never really have too much of this and the Sony Xperia M delivers a 1750mAh Li-Ion battery inside whereas the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes up with a 1500mAh Li-Ion battery to keep you going.
Quad-band coverage is the norm these days and here, you’ll find the Sony does 2G over 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands and provides 3G coverage via 900 / 2100MHz; by contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 gets you on the air with 2G connectivity on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz and 3G coverage via 900 / 2100MHz. You can’t make a device without Wi-Fi these days and these phones don’t disappoint – you’ll find 802.11 b/g/n on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and 802.11a/b/g/n-standard Wi-Fi inside the Xperia M. For close-proximity features, the Sony gets the job done with Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP; so too the Samsung with its Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP support on-board.
Dedicated cameras are all but redundant now and these devices don’t help. The Samsung Galaxy features a 5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus-type image sensor on the back and a simpler VGA option on the front for personal shots. The Sony Xperia M competes with a forward-facing VGA option but takes its best quality photos with the 5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. If you want video capture, the Galaxy supports it up to 720p (3G) / 1080p (LTE) while the Sony Xperia M can provide video recording up to 720p@30fps.
And finally, as for size and weight, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 tips the scales at 115 grams and measures 121.2 x 62.7 x 9.8 mm. By contrast, the Sony Xperia M also weighs in at 115 grams but measures up at 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm. Both phones were announced in June 2013.
As for pricing, the Xperia M looks likely to hit Europe with a €240 ($US320) pricetag. At this stage, there’s no official price for the Galaxy Ace 3 but some are expecting a sub-€200 ($US270) pricepoint, possible even as low as €150 ($US200). We’ll know soon enough.
NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Ace 3||Sony Xperia M|
|Processor||dual-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227|
|Clock||Up to 1GHz||Up to 1GHz|
|GPU type||(unknown)||Adreno 305|
|Screen size (inches)||4.0||4.0|
|Screen resolution||480 x 800 pixels||480 x 854 pixels|
|Screen type||TFT capacitive touchscreen||TFT capacitive touchscreen|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Internal storage||4 GB (3G) / 8 GB (LTE)||4 GB|
|External storage||microSD, up to 64 GB||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Battery type||1500mAh Li-Ion||1750mAh Li-Ion|
|- standby time||Not available||Not available|
|- talk time||Not available||Not available|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||v3.0 with A2DP||v4.0 with A2DP|
|2G coverage (MHz)||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G coverage (MHz)||900 / 2100||900 / 2100|
|Rear camera||5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus||5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus|
|Video recording||Up to 720p (3G) / 1080p (LTE)||Up to 720p@30fps|
|Dimensions||121.2 x 62.7 x 9.8 mm||124 x 62 x 9.3 mm|
|Weight||115 grams||115 grams|
|Announce Date||June 2013||June 2013|
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