Sony Xperia Z3 

Released July, 2014
  • Android 6.0
  • 4G
  • 5.2"
  • Quad core 2.5 GHz
The plasticky Galaxy S5 offers a 5.1” 1080p display, whose colors are every bit as inaccurate as the Z3's out of the box, and a camera of similar quality, with waterproof chassis as well.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Alternatively, you can eschew Android altogether, and take a dive in the iOS pool, as the new iPhone 6 now comes with a much larger display than before, thinner body, improved camera, Apple Pay, and is a better value-keeper, for roughly the same price as the Z3, though you'd have to wave goodbye to the waterproof wrapper, record battery life, and the stereo speakers of the Z3.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
6.8 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia Z3

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z3
7.4
Xperia Z2
7.4
Passmark and Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z3
n.d.
Xperia Z2
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z3
5.3
Xperia Z2
5.2
Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia Z3
8.5
Xperia Z2
9.1
Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and phonearena.com

6.8

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia Z3
6.8
Xperia Z2
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia Z3

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z3
2,705
DROID Turbo
2,841

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z3
4,278
DROID Turbo
5,464

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Z3


8.5
Viewing angles are decent, compared to some previous Xperias (looking at you, Z and Z1), though contrast and colors shift a bit more than what we've observed with the best IPS-LCD displays.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Furthermore, Sony supplies its Small Apps suite, evoked with the current apps button, which pins windowed calculator, browser, notes and other apps, on top of anything else you are running underneath, for some rudimentary multitasking on the big screen.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Still, there are some viable third-party alternatives in the Play Store, which can display Flash content, as long as you sideload the latest version of Adobe's now discontinued Flash Player for Android.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Our measurements showed the whopping 10324 Kelvins, which is very far from the reference 6500K white point, making the screen look very, very cold, with abundant blueish or greenish overcast.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Camera

The HTC One (M8) has a very premium build, and flaunts stereo speakers as well, but its Duo Camera is the weakest in the flagship pack.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
The most intriguing aspect of this camera package remains the large 1/2.3” sensor though.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
It does use the full resolution of the 20 MP sensor, but scales the pictures down - this way, the user ends up with high-quality 8 MP photos of 'easy-to-share' size that don't exhibit less visible artifacts when viewed in actual size.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Video

Another nice feature is the Timeshift video mode, which lets you create slow-mo video.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
“Sony colors” no more, as the camera takes very natural-looking photos, while the software video stabilization rivals that of some OIS systems.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Live on YouTube does exactly what it says, streaming up to 10 minutes of video directly to a YouTube channel in real time.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Battery

With such a good capacity, the Xperia Z3 is officially said to remain operational for 16 hours of 3G talk time, or 37 days of stand-by time.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Sony's latest flagship smartphone has a pretty thin profile, but the company has still managed to fit in a large, 3100 mAh battery.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Additionally, the handset should be able to deliver up to 130 hours of continuous music listening, or up to 10 hours of video playback, according to the company's specs sheet.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Cpu

In this case, it is the quad-core Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC processor, which is the fastest in the 801 family, and is clocked at 2.5 GHz.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
In fact, this is the same processor that is ticking on the Galaxy S5, so the Z3 is slightly more powerful than its predecessor.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
The Z3 has a thinner chassis, faster processor, brighter display and better photo and audio quality than the Z2, while keeping everything else great intact.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 5.2"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
PPI 423 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 3 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  6. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat 4 (150/)

battery

Talk time 840 min
Standby time 53,424 min
Capacity 3,100 mA·h

form factor

Weight 152 g
Thickness 7.3 mm
Size 72 x 146 x 7.3 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 6.0
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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