Sony Xperia Z3

Announced Sep 3, 2014 •
5.2 screen | 21 megapixels (rear) | 2 megapixels (front)
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Announced Sep 3, 2014
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The Z3 is the successor to the Xperia Z2 and comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Sony Triluminous display with X-Reality technology that automatically adjusts brightness and contrast for improved outdoor viewing. According to Sony, the 3100 mAh battery is good for 2 days of battery life and in addition to 3GB of RAM users can choose from 16 or 32GB storage options. Storage is expandable via microSD-cards.

Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core SoC that is clocked at 2.5 GHz and in terms of camera specs the new model comes with the same 20.7 MP resolution on a 1/2.3 sensor as its predecessor. However, the sensitivity range has now been expanded to ISO 12800. At 25mm, the new G-lens offers a wider equivalent focal length as well. There is also 4K video-recording and a 2.2 MP front camera for video-chats and self-portraits.

In terms of design, the Z3 has not ventured too far from the previous generation but the aluminum edges are more rounded and at 7.3mm the Z3 is one of the thinnest phones around. As before the Sony is water- and dust proof (IP65/68).

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Review, Feb 24, 2015
Review, Sep 21, 2014
Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 4.4.4
Front camera effective pixels 2 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 21 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 5248 x 3936
Rear camera focal length 25 mm
Rear camera aperture 2
Camera physical shutter release Yes
Camera image stabilization No
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 5.2
Built in memory 16/32Gb storage, 3GB RAM
Weight 163 g (5.75 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 7 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29)

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Our review

The Sony Xperia Z3 offers powerful specifications in an environmentally sealed body with premium look and feel. The microSD slot and physical shutter button are great for mobile photography but high noise levels, strong noise reduction, occasional unnaturally cool white balance and a convoluted camera app UI mean that in terms of image quality and camera operation the Sony cannot quite keep up with the best in class. The Xperia Z3 works great as a general Android device but if imaging is your top priority there are currently better alternatives around.

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