When Sony launched its new Xperia Z4 flagship a few weeks back it was a Japan-only release. Today the Japanese manufacturer has announced the Xperia Z3+, which is essentially identical to the Z4 but will be available globally. Given the new model is in many ways a fairly moderate upgrade over last year's Z3, the Z3+ name arguably makes more sense than the Z4 moniker of the Japanese model. 

In fact, the main camera specification remains unchanged. A 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor is coupled with a F2.0 lens offering an equivalent focal length of 25mm. The front camera has been upgraded to a 5MP resolution though and also offers a 25mm focal length. 

The upgrades are more significant in the processor department where the Z3's Snapdragon 801 has been replaced by the new Snapdragon 810. There are still 3GB of RAM on board but storage has been upped from 16 to 32GB. While various manufacturers are opting for Quad-HD displays in their top-of-the-line models Sony sticks with the same 5.2-inch 1080p TRILUMINOUS display as in the predecessor.

At only 6.9mm the new model is a touch thinner than the Z3 which means battery capacity had to be slightly reduced, to 2,930mAh. That said, according to Sony the Xperia Z3+ should still be good for two days of battery life. Like previous Xperia Z models the Z3+ offers IP65/IP68 certification, making it water and dust proof. The Sony Xperia Z3+ will be available from June and retail for 699 Euros in Europe; pricing for other regions has not been released yet. 

Key Specifications:

  • 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor
  • 25mm-equivalent f2.0
  • 5MP front camera
  • 4K video
  • 5.2-inch 1080p TRILUMINOUS display
  • Snapdragon 810 chipset
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD slot
  • 2,930mAh battery
  • IP65/68 certification