Sony Xperia Z3 review

Just after six months of the launch of Sony Xperia Z2 comes its successor, the Xperia Z3. It’s only been one and a half year since Sony launched its Xperia Z series of flagship smartphones and users have already seen the launch of four models in this range.

Sony Xperia Z3 does not have too many upgrades, but any user who has used the Xperia Z2 will see most of its key issues addressed.

Z2 owners may not have any reason to upgrade, but users with the Xperia Z or Z1 will be attracted.

xperia z3

Z3’s aluminium and tempered glass OmniBalance design now has rounded sides and, while the body is still angular and doesn’t fit in the palm of the user.

PROS

  • Great design
  • PS4 remote play
  • Strong battery

CONS

  • Overlay is bit unintuitive
  • Not many upgrades
  • Slightly larger than rivals

 

DESIGN

Sony has made some changes in the design of its recent flagships. Xperia Z3 has flat sides for curved edges made of metal rather than plastic.

The phone is slimmer and sleeker in the hand, despite maintaining the same 5.2-inch screen. Sony has reduced 0.8mm in the length, 1.3mm in width and 0.9mm in thickness of Xperia Z3 compared to Xperia Z2.

xperia z3 design

There is the dock connector on the left hand side and the power/standby, volume rocker and dedicated camera shutter buttons on the right side.

The phone is IP68 certified dust and water resistant. The phone can survive for up to 30 minutes in water up to 1.5m deep.

The Sony Xperia Z3 will come in four: black, white, copper brown and a silver/green shade.

DISPLAY

The Sony Xperia Z3 sports a 5.2 inch IPS LCD display with 1080p resolution. The company has used a new panel which brings few improvements.

Xperia Z3’s display is brighter than Z2 as well as other samrtphones. The company claims that Z3 can push the brightness to 600 candela, which is the highest among the smartphones.

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Colours appear vivid and legibility in sunlight is quite good with brightness levels around 50 percent as well. The glossy surface of the screen can be a bit annoying while watching dark scenes in movies as it tends to reflect a lot.

USER INTERFACE

The Sony Xperia Z3 comes with the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of box with the latest Sony improvements to its custom Xperia overlay.

The lockscreen supports widgets and has a camera shortcut at the bottom of the screen. Sony has also included tap to wake, which lets user activate the screen with a quick double-tap.

xperia z3 ui

Users can protect their lockscreen by Face, Pattern, PIN or Password unlock, in ascending order of security.

Camera

Sony claims that Xperia Z3 has the world’s best camera and camcorder in a smartphone. Z3 uses 20.7MP sensor that featured is Xperia Z1 as well.

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It shoots at a maximum resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels (20.7MP) in manual mode, or 3264 x 2448 (8MP) in Superior Auto.

The camera also has a LED flash to take pictures in low light. The company also claims to fix the 4K problem with its phones.

UNDER THE HOOD

Sony Xperia Z3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor coupled with 3GB RAM.

It comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB. The device is fueled by a 3100mAh battery with STAMINA power saving mode.

WRAP UP

Sony Xperia Z3 is high-end smartphone with a great design and can easily give tough competition to smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Alpha, HTC One (M8) and iPhone 6.

The smartphone lacks features such as fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor or dual rear cameras, which keeps it out of consideration of users looking for something unique.

The Sony Xperia Z3 is priced at Rs 51,990. The high price of the smartphone is a point of concern, so if a user really want a Sony phone, the Z2 is not a bad choice, which is priced around Rs 40,000.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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