Sony Xperia Z3 Announced with No Heavy Upgrades from Xperia Z2

by Chetan Bhawani 11

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony has been one of the quickest in releasing flagship devices, and proving that right, the company has announced the latest flagship Sony Xperia Z3, which has become official just a half year within the launch of the Xperia Z2 flagship which was announced during the MWC 2014 event in Barcelona. It isn’t really a huge upgrade, because whatever you find is very less of a change from the predecessor but Sony has decided to give it a go with a new rounded aluminum frame on the sides (which basically looks like Sony has taken user feedback to make a few actually needed changes and release this).

Let’s talk about the upgrades later. Here’s what you get to see in the Sony Xperia Z3 – a 5.2-inch 1080p triluminos display, 20.7-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 801 chipset and finally, the waterproofing similar to what the Sony Xperia Z2 had. But instead of the 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset variant, there is a bump as the 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 is included in the successor. And again, although it is the same 20.7-megapixel camera, the company has managed to add a ultra-wide 25mm lens to it along with the 12800 ultra-high light sensitive ISO setting to upgrade the camera. There is an Intelligent Active Mode added to the video recording, and this offers digital stabilization that will work along with the Steadyshot technology, the one Sony has been using recently in their high-end devices.

The compressed music quality improvement has been done in the Xperia Z3 by using DSEE HX audio upscaling technology, and this is added up by digital noise cancelling tech making it even more clear by cutting out all the ambient noise. Another change which one won’t be able to notice is the contrast-enhancing technology added to the display which makes it better for reading under the sunlight. Could be a bold decision at least when other brands have come up with the me-first 2K display, because Sony has retained the 1080p display mainly for the reason that the higher resolution display would eat up more battery. Now that Sony has told that the 3100 mAh battery (which is 100 mAh lesser than that in Xperia Z2) would last for couple of days, that raises some eyebrows but still, we need to trust on them until we get the device in hands to check it out and see how true the statement holds.

Sony has decided to bring the Xperia Z3 in the white, black, silver-green and copper color options, and the availability of the device is during the fall this year. Against the Note 4 if we talk about the IFA event announcements? this doesn’t win it clearly, but for a flagship against the likes of Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, this looks better and promising. This is not the only smartphone announced by Sony at the IFA 2014 event. There’s Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and the Z3 Compact Tablet to add to the list.

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  • SurajHodi

    Its Really the Upgrade If Camera Really works Fully With 4k without dam autoclose issues like in Z2.

    • Agreed. Z2 couldn’t record videos for over a couple of minutes on 4K due to over-heating. Let’s hope things have been changed in that aspect this time.

      • Suraj Racharla

        Yup apparently it can play 4K videos above a few minutes

    • Suraj Racharla

      Looks like the Z3 is a great upgrade

  • Vinay Mehra

    i been huge fan of sony devices , atleast better than samsung devices !! but note edge is interesting !! its gonna be a tough competition !! lets wait n watch what will happen!

    • Yep, lets wait and watch. Though not good to compare devices based on different chipsets and power.

    • sony z3 versus the note 4 is a decent matchup and comparison with similar size and chips. I think the edge is weaker to add the curvature features but t will still be an incredible battle!

    • Suraj Racharla

      But I have to admit the more e is much better. To me personally I like it because of the nice screen and nice size. The Sony Z3 is worth it also but I dont think it is quite as good as the note 4

  • Joshua Akinsola

    sony ps4 good headphones good but phone never been a fan

  • Joshua Akinsola

    xperia play was a flop

  • Suraj Racharla

    Honestly I heard many people saying that the Z3 wasnt a big upgrade from the Z3 and I don’t find that entirely true. Many issues like overheating have been fixed!! Also some specs have an upgrade and it was needed