Samsung’s Galaxy S III was one of the biggest smartphone success stories of 2012, so it only stands to reason that any Android with its sights on the top spot for 2013 will need to measure-up against the GS3.

We’ve already given you a hands-on look at the Sony Xperia Z, one of the company’s brand-new 1080p Androids, and now we wanted to see how it compares to the best from Samsung.

While the Galaxy S III ran either a quad-core Exynos 4 or dual-core Snapdragon, and featured a 4.8-inch 720p screen, the Xperia Z is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon and has a 5.0-inch 1080p display. Both are targeted at the high end of the market, though as the GS3 ages, we’ll see it start to slide back into the upper-mid-range. Does the Xperia Z have what it takes to fill its shoes? Let’s take a look:

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