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Sony’s Xperia line has been around for a while now, and has been somewhat of the dark horse at the top end of the market. But with the new Xperia Z3 Sony finally show us that they really know what it takes to build an incredible handset. With great new design and a ton of new features, plus one of the best cameras around, the Xperia Z3 is an awesome top of the line mobile.
Why should you be excited? Well, apart from the ability to play PS4 games (which will appeal to many), the Z3 is simply a Z2 without all the complaints. An incredible camera and plenty of power make the new Xperia a phone to be reckoned with. If you’re looking for top end phone it’s not just Samsung and Apple any more, the Xperia Z3 puts Sony firmly in the top three.
A game of spot the difference between the Z2 and the Z3 is going to be a tough one, but Sony have basically minimised the design on the Z3. Corners are smoother, edges are more tapered, there’s more of a curve to the panelling, and that means that the Z3 sits better in your hand than the brick like Z2 did. Yes, it’s a full glass shell (which is a pain for fingerprints), but this is a sturdy, premium quality device that looks stunning.
Inside that casing you’re looking at some impressive specs. Maybe not quite as big as some of the other top models, but good nevertheless. And with an amazing camera thrown in to boot, as well as the newest Android OS and some sweet extra features, we’ve got no complaints about the new Xperia Z3.
Is this an upgrade to the Z2? Yes, in a way, though the numbers aren’t much different. Basically the Z3 is an improved version of the Z2, with all those niggling little issues ironed out. This is the best that Sony have to offer, and Sony’s best turns out to be pretty darn spectacular.
At the heart of the Sony Xperia Z3 is a quad core 2.5 GHz processor, which is pretty fast. It’s not quite top of the heap (the Galaxy Note 4 gets 2.7 GHz), but it’s very close. Combine that with 3 GB of RAM and the Xperia Z3 is one of the fastest and most responsive models around. Multi tasking is no problem, and intensive CPU tasks (like those PS4 games we’ll get to later) don’t even make the Z3 blink.
Operating system? Android, of course, and it’s the new Android 4.4 Kit Kat on board. It’s fast, it takes up less working memory, and it’s got some nice touches thrown in as well. We love full screen mode (no icon bar ruining our videos), and the vastly improved voice recognition software is superb as well.
If you’re looking for great performance, then look no further than the Sony Xperia Z3. With tons of power and a fantastic operating system you’re going to be able to do anything you want with the Z3.
Essentially the Z3 has the same screen as the Z2. This is a 5.2 inch screen, so there’s plenty of room to play around and to type on screen, and whilst it is an LCD screen the inclusion of IPS technology means that you’re still getting fantastic colour reproduction.
Resolution wise it’s 1080 x 1920, so definitely high definition, that works out at about 424 PPI. The display is nice, sharp and clear. One difference between the older Z2 and the Z3 is that the Z3 has a brighter screen (by around 600 candelas) so it’s much easier to see in bright light or direct sunlight.
We’ll be honest, this isn’t the best screen around, it’s not a 2K screen for example, but it is a very nice display indeed. Compared to top end regular mobiles (rather than phablets like the Galaxy Note 4), this is pretty much what we’d expect to see on a high end device.
The camera on the Sony Xperia Z3 has to be one of its finest features. Just like the Z2, the Z3 has a 20.7 MP rear facing camera, so you’re capturing plenty of detail. But there have been some tech changes on the Z3. The lens is wider, meaning you’ll get more into your pictures (especially in landscape mode), and better ISO means way better low light pictures.
On top of that you’re getting HDR ability, HD video recording, face recognition and optical image stabilisation as well, meaning you’re getting some very impressive pictures out of the Z3. Even the front facing camera is a 2.2 MP device, making for clearer selfies and better Skyping.
We can’t talk about the Xperia Z3 without mentioning its ability to play PS4 games, a feature that’s being heavily marketed. Basically, as long as your phone and your PS4 console are connected to the same WiFi network, you’ll be able to use your phone to play.
Why would you want this? Because for big game playing fans this allows you to either a) play using the phone as your screen (you’ll still need a PS4 controller), or b) connect your phone to another TV and play on a screen that your PS4 isn’t actually connected to. If someone wants to watch something downstairs, for example, you can head upstairs and continue playing.
There are two more big issues that we have to deal with on the Z3. One is the new sound system. Sony have always done sound well (Walkman, anyone?), and the Z3 is sporting new high res audio that not only allows you to download special high resolution tracks, but also upgrades regular tracks for better sound quality.
The second issue is the battery. Sony are saying that the Z3 can go for two days on one charge with regular use, which is surprising since the Z3 has a smaller battery than the Z2 which could only make it for 1.4 days. However, new screen tech which allows the display to drain less battery power could be behind this. Whatever the reason, longer battery power is always a good thing.
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - D6603, D6643, D6653, D6616|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - D6603, D6643, D6653, D6616|
|4G Network||LTE 700 / 800 / 1700 / 1800 / 2600 - D6603|
|LTE 800 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - D6643|
|LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - D6653|
|LTE 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - D6616|
|Dimensions||146 x 72 x 7.3 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||152 g (5.36 oz)|
|- IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Shatter proof glass|
|- Triluminos display|
|- X-Reality Engine|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||16/32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|GPRS||Up to 107 kbps|
|EDGE||Up to 296 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3), USB On-the-go, USB Host|
|Primary Camera||20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||1/2.3'' sensor size, ISO 12,800, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR|
|Secondary Camera||2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|OS||Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|Radio||FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Black, White, Copper, Silver Green|
|- ANT+ support|
|- SNS integration|
|- TV-out (via MHL 3 A/V link)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264 player|
|- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player|
|- Document viewer|
|- Photo viewer/editor|
|- Voice memo/dial|
|- Predictive text input|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 890 h (2G) / Up to 740 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 130 h|
Sony haven’t always been the number one choice when it comes to top end phones, but the Xperia Z3 is a very impressive little device. From the solid internals to the great camera, long battery life and ability to play PS4 games, this little mobile has a lot to give.
Obviously, you’re getting all the regular connectivity options as well. That includes 3G, WiFi and the latest Bluetooth version. And as we’d expect in a top end phone these days, the Xperia Z3 is 4G capable as well.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.