Sony Xperia Z3v 

Released October, 2014
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 4G
  • 5.2"
  • Quad core 2.5 GHz
Taking into account that it carries along all the necessities for an excellent web browsing experience, like speedy 4G LTE connectivity, a sharp looking screen, and fluid navigational controls, it’s very tough to not like what it brings to the table.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
I've seen some mixed opinions on the Z3 family camera, and I have to say this is a photographer's camera.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)

Features Key features of the Sony Xperia Z3v

screen size

Xperia Z3v
Nexus 6

screen resolution

Xperia Z3v
1920 x 1080
2560 x 1440
Nexus 6
2560 x 1440


Xperia Z3v
3 GB
Galaxy S5
2 GB


Xperia Z3v
Quad core
Galaxy Note 4
Octa core
iPhone 6 Plus
Dual core

camera resolution

Xperia Z3v
20.7 MP
13 MP

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Z3v

Low light results are very good and the phone captures more detail with less noise and reasonable color saturation than many camera phones on the market thanks to the big sensor.

In all fairness, we admit that it’s a premium made smartphone and solidly constructed, especially considering that it boasts an IP65/IP68 rating for protection against dust and water, but its design could’ve been more compelling if Sony favored to follow the newer design style of the Z3.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Outdoor shots where lighting is plentiful come out excellent, as it delivers enough detail and natural colors to give it a pleasant quality – albeit, it sometimes falls victim to over-exposure.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
The Xperia Z3 looks much more sleek and modern in contrast and is more comfy to handle.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)
Images have very natural contrast with good handling of high contrast settings that tend to cause white out on many camera phones.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)


Even though it’s meant to play nicely with Verizon’s CDMA network, the Z3v is a world phone because its radio supports the vast collection of GSM networks worldwide.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
Perhaps Verizon went with the older design because it afforded the Qi wireless charging feature?
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)
In fact, though popular in Europe, relatively few Sony Android smartphones make their way to US carriers.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)


The Z3v uses the same camera hardware as the Z3, with a significantly larger than average 20.7MP 1:2/3 sensor and a good quality Sony G lens.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)
The images overall have a more "real" and dimensional camera look rather than that flat camera phone look, but they aren't perfect every time.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)
Image quality is on par to what we’ve seen already, so there are no surprises here.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)


4K is great for a 3 minute video, but don't count on it for a 20 minute video unless it's very chilly outside.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)
We really can’t complain about its video playback performance, mainly because it’s presentable with its large and high-resolution display.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
All sorts of videos play smoothly, of course, but unlike some of its direct rivals, the Z3v lacks a multi-tasking element where videos can be “minimized.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)


In terms of design and ergonomics, we like the look of the phone, but it feels and looks larger than a 5.2" phone should, especially if you use the popular Samsung Galaxy S5 as a yardstick.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)
You’d think that the Z3v would bear the newer and more refined body style of the Xperia Z3, but instead, it opts to employ the Z2’s design.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
The Xperia Z3v runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sony's moderate customization of Android that we like overall, though it's changed little in years- we expect a design update with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Clock speed 2.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 32 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 @ Unknown


Generation 4G
  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/)


Talk time 1,260 min
Standby time 55,152 min
Capacity 3,200 mA·h

form factor

Weight 171 g
Thickness 8.9 mm
Size 73.4 x 148.6 x 8.9 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Android 4.4.4
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


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