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Sony Xperia Z3 Hands-On: First Look


Sony Xperia Z3 Hands-On: First Look

James goes palms-on with the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, does it enhance upon the Xperia Z2 we noticed in February?

Sony is in full swing with its plan to maintain releasing handsets each six months. The goal is to maintain improvement turning over quick on a model of flagship telephones that has needed to play catch up since its inception with the Sony Xperia Z.

KYM was lucky sufficient to attend a  pre-IFA 2014 showcase for the brand new Xperia Z3 handset, the place we heard from a Sony consultant that this timescale for flagship releases isn’t a everlasting construction. It’s only for the foreseeable future the place Sony believes know-how is shifting so quick it must replace its prodocut line this shortly.

We went palms-on with the Xperia Z3 to see what has modified.

Design & Build

The design of the Xperia Z3 is arguably the most important change in comparison with its predecessor. There are in fact loads of similarities to the earlier Xperia Z collection handsets, however sufficient has been tweaked that you're going to immediately discover it is a new gadget.

The Xperia Z3 measures 146.H x seventy two.A x S.A mm. That’s almost an entire millimetre thinner than the Xperia Z2. It weighs 152g, which is 10g lighter than the Z2. The handset now has a a lot rounder design on its edges and it feels lots comfier within the hand in consequence.

The corners have additionally seen a signficicant revamp. There are new nylon caps excessive, which Sony says stops injury once you drop your telephone. It definitely appears higher than what we’ve seen on earlier Sony handsets.

Once once more the handset is IP65/IP68 water and mud resistant. It means there are flaps spherical the sides of the system to get into the ports however this time the design is far nicer with rounded edges. Each is simpler to open than ever earlier than.


Sony has stored the identical display measurement as we noticed on the Xperia Z2. It’s as soon as once more H.2in with a pixel decision of 1080 x 1920 and a pixel density of 421ppi. When requested whether or not Sony thought to replace the pixel decision to a QHD as seen on different smartphones, a spokesperson stated it was determined towards for battery-saving functions.

Processor, Performance & Hardware

Inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset however it’s a special model to what we noticed within the Xperia Z2. It’s now a clocked at P.5GHz and is accompanied by the identical quantity of RAM at 3GB.

It’s all good and snappy however it’s not precisely the most important leap in processing energy. The step as much as a Snapdragon 801 within the Xperia Z2 felt a hefty improve, this time spherical it’s only a small incremental jolt that doesn’t supply a lot additional performance. 


It’s the standard Sony arrange right here with a 20.7MP digital camera with a 1/P.A Exmor RS sensor. There’s a brand new 25mm Sony M Lens that mixes an ISO 128000 sensor for superior photographs in low mild. Sony's additionally added some new features. Sound Photo lets you put a soundtrack over a picture while AR Fun lets you do extra interactive animations in your footage and video. There’s additionally Multi-Camera that permits you to put a selfie into your regular photographs as properly.

Software, Battery & Storage

Android A.A.A KitKat comes as commonplace on the telephone alongside Sony’s Xperia Home overlay on prime. Storage choices are the identical because the Xperia Z2 with a 16GB mannequin and microSD help as much as 128GB. For those that want it, there’s additionally a twin-SIM variant of the telephone out there.

According to Sony the battery life on the brand new handset is far improved although it’s smaller than the one in Xperia Z2. It’s 100mAh smaller than earlier than at O,100mAh.  Sony has claimed its new battery optimisation means you possibly can survive for over two days on a single cost.


Overall the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like a little bit of a let down. The modifications that the corporate has undertaken on the flagship fall very in need of in depth and the incremental modifications maintain no new substantial performance.

If you’ve already obtained a Sony Xperia Z2 you’re unlikely to need to decide up this subsequent model. The design modifications are good nevertheless it’s simply too quickly for a brand new Xperia Z handset.

We additionally went arms-on with the Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Sony SmartWatch 3.

Reviews James Peckham sixteen:fifty one, A Sep 2014

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