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Sony Xperia Z3 review: classy with a great battery life

The 5.2-inch full HD Triluminos panel with X-Reality (you can watch Sony explain what those marketing terms mean here). The silicon is remarkably familiar too. The Z3 boats a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, up from 2.3GHz in the Z2. But both are Snapdragon 801 chips (MSM8974AB in the Z2 vs. the Z3’s MSM8974AC if you’re keeping score). Both handsets have a 20.7-megapixel camera and run Android 4.4 KitKat.

Then, of course, there’s the design. Xperia phones in general aren’t known for their bold and varied aesthetic, especially not the Z series. If you lined them up from the original Xperia Z through to the Z3, you’d mostly be picking at details to tell them apart. The original Xperia Z might cast more or less the same shadow as the Z3, but the newest flagship has a much more premium feel thanks to the matte-finish metal edges. The corners are actually nylon — to make them less prone to dings should you drop it — but you wouldn’t notice unless you were looking closely.


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PROS

  • Fantastic battery life
  • High-quality finish
  • Great camera

CONS

  • Software feels a little dated

                                                                  SONY XPERIA Z3                                                                             SONY XPERIA Z2

Dimensions 146 x 72 x 7.3mm 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
Weight 152g 163g
Screen size 5.2 inches 5.2 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 1,920 x 1,080
Screen type Triluminos LCD with 16.7 million colors Triluminos LCD with 16.7 million colors
Battery 3,100mAh Li-ion (non-removable) 3,200mAh Li-ion (non-removable)
Ruggedness IP65 and IP68 waterproof and dustproof IP55 and IP58 waterproof and dustproof
Internal storage 16GB (12GB free) 16GB (12GB free)
External storage MicroSDXC MicroSDXC
Rear camera 20.7MP (1/2.3-inch sensor, 25mm-equiv. focal length) 20.7MP (1/2.3-inch sensor)
Front-facing cam 2.2MP stills, 1080p video 2.2MP stills, 1080p video
Video capture 1080p, 4K 1080p, 4K
NFC Yes Yes
Radios

HSPA+ (850/900/1700/1900/2100); GSM GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20)

HSPA+ (850/900/1700/1900/2100); GSM GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20)

Bluetooth v4.0, aptX, A2DP v4.0, aptX, A2DP
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB)
CPU 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
RAM 3GB 3GB
Entertainment MHL, USB OTG, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Miracast, FM radio MHL, USB OTG, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Miracast, FM radio
WiFi Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wireless Charging No No
Operating system Android 4.4.4 (Sony-specific UI) Android 4.4.2 (Sony-specific UI)

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