The Xperia series, which features Sony’s flagship phones, usually have a short lifespan. Xperia XZ2 had just been released about six months ago, and now it already has a successor: the Xperia XZ3.
Sony definitely made the right choice for Xperia XZ2 when it scrapped the usual design for something more modern-looking, as well as improving the battery life and the software. Now, with the Xperia XZ3, it seems that Sony finally has something to compete against the Samsung Galaxy S series and Apple’s iPhone.
At first glance, Sony’s new Xperia XZ3 seems to be similar to the Xperia XZ2, but it has some subtle changes that will greatly improve the mobile experience for its users.
A stunning display can make a difference in the whole experience with any gadget. Sony seems to invest in that idea with their latest flagship and decided to concentrate on offering the best screen on any smartphone.
Xperia XZ3’s new screen technology, a 6-inch HDR OLED display, makes the smartphone even more appealing and takes it to a level ground with the best smartphones on the market today. Sony has definitely taken a big step forward with the Xperia XZ3 using this display technology.
- Vivid display technology
- Improved design
- Water and dust-resistant
- Bad fingerprint scanner placement
- No headphone jack
Xperia XZ3 Overall Mobile Review
Compared with the other upgrades done on the Xperia XZ3, the screen is definitely the key highlight and the core upgrade. It replaces the tired IPS LCD display tech that we’ve seen on most Sony smartphones.
The 18:9 aspect ratio and no-notch design that we’ve seen on the Xperia XZ2 is featured here, but it also features a new tech that Sony is using for the first time on its phone range: the OLED technology, which is also used for Sony’s A1 TV range.
The display technology produces vivid video and images and makes a genuine impact; in fact, its QHD+ resolution alone is enough to make videos look great.
The Xperia XZ3 also features an ability called Side Sense, which allows its users to quickly open up apps on the phone by double tapping on the side of the display.
The Xperia XZ3 showcases a 3mm aluminum frame around the external of the phone, which is sandwiched and protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The Xperia XZ3 comes in four different colors: white silver, black, forest green, and Bordeaux red.
The base portion of the Xperia XZ3 includes a USB-C port, which is used primarily for charging. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on Xperia XZ3, so you’ll have to use USB Type-C earphones or Bluetooth headsets in order to privately listen to some audio. Alternatively, it also features the company’s impressive stereo speakers.
Interestingly enough, the Xperia XZ3 is also IP68 dust and water-resistant, and so you won’t have to worry when you accidentally drop your phone in the bath or in a puddle of water.
The Xperia XZ3 uses the Android 9 Pie OS, so you’ll easily get your hands on the latest Android OS with this phone. It also features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and a 4GB of RAM.
The phone offers no more than one storage variant, which is 64GB, but it is extendable up to 512GB by making use of its microSD support.
The Xperia XZ3 sports a 3,300mAh battery that will get you through the day owing to the OLED display, which is quite power-efficient compared to LCD. As for charging the Xperia XZ3, users have two options: using the USB-C slot or going wireless.
The phone has two cameras, the rear camera with a 19MP and the front camera with a 13MP. The cameras on the Xperia XZ3 comes with all the top-end features including super slow motion, which is a highlight of Sony phones and being able to film in 4K HDR. That is something that no other non-Sony phone can offer.
Price and Release Date
For those who are interested in the Sony Xperia XZ3, it will be available from October 5 in the UK. There is no release date yet for the US or Australia, but I imagine that it won’t belong.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 is priced at £699 in the UK. It will probably have similar pricing in the US to the Xperia XZ2, which was $799.