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Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z3 is Sony’s 3rd generation smartphone of their Z series. The smartphone is a major upgrade of its predecessor – the Z2. It’s processing speed, RAM, and storage has undergone the biggest upgrade in this phone, while its water and dust proof capability has gotten better at repelling water and dust from entering its internal circuits. Sony has also added some neat features on the phones which provide an all new gaming experience. On the other hand, this smartphone borrows the camera from its predecessor and gave it a little tweak in terms of overall quality. The Sony Xperia Z3 is basically the upgrade that the series need in order to be future proof. Know more about this device here!

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Sony Xperia Z3: The Much Awaited Upgrade

Fits Like a Glove

The Sony Xperia Z3 sports a 5.2” screen with a body that’s as thin as 7.3mm. Despite having a screen that’s already at the border of the phablet territory, the phone’s design gives it a compact feel to the hand – it’s very easy to get a grip on. Walking around with this phone in hand will feel naturally easy as if it were the back of your hand.

PS4 Played Right from Your Phone

Enjoy a complete gaming experience with your Playstation 4 and Sony Xperia Z3! Play conveniently anywhere you want in your home – kitchen, toilet, balcony, or basement. This is now possible with Sony Xperia Z3’s Remote Play. Simply have your Playstation 4 and Xperia Z3 connected to your home network via Wifi, then run the Remote Play app on your Z3. It’s that easy. The Remote Play app is an exclusive app made for Sony Xperia Z3 and later models.

IP68 Certification

Ingress Protection better known as IP is a measure used to determine a device’s ability to keep dust, water, and powder-like objects from entering its internal system. 6 and 8 are the highest ratings given by far where 6 means 6ft in depth and 8 is the number of hours exposed to talc. So, that means, this phone can withstand being submerged in water up to 6 feet for an hour. On the other hand, it can keep circulating talc from entering its insides for 8 hours. This certification simply suggests that the Xperia Z3 that the phone has an enhanced version of its water and dust proofing.

Bigger Battery

One of the most pleasing upgrade that this phone has shown is its battery capacity. The Z3 carries a 3,100 mAh battery – a considerable huge amount of juice for a 5-inch smartphone. The battery will surely hold the phone longer than you need it to before another charge, especially with the aid of the phone’s power saving mode (STAMINA), this phone will be a perfect buddy to bring with your outdoors or indoor, anywhere where performance is needed

Expert Reviews

Reviewed on 2016-07-07
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Reviewed on 2015-09-11
The Sony Xperia Z3 measures 14.5x7x.8cm and weights 155grams.At the top towards the left edge is a 3.5mm socket for head phones , on the left side is a fingernail opening to reveal the micro USB socket for charging, further down two contacts for a dock. T...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-29
DAVE SNELLINGSONY XPERIA Z3+ RATING: 3.5/5Sony has a solid tradition of producing waterproof smartphones.Most of their latest devices can survive a dip in the drink, but can they cope with something a little more extreme?With the Japanese firm's latest Xp...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-20
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Reviewed on 2015-06-24
Great twoday battery life, Screen is sharp and colourful, Impressively slim and lightweight, Solid everyday performancegood Camera is average, Plastic port flaps are kinda annoying, Sony apps add little to the packagebad
In a world where big-budget stadium concerts introduce new smartphones, Sony is comparably quiet. Don't let this fool you though, what Sony doesn't scream loudly in a choreographed song-and-dance, it says succinctly through solid design and performance.Li...
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Reviewed on 2015-06-02
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Reviewed on 2015-05-27
I'm here to tell you why the Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact are two of the most underrated Android phones currently available. In the smartphone market, at least in North America (and especially in the US), Sony can't seem to catch a break. Its Xperia range...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-26
Sony has today unveiled its Z3+, the UK version of the Sony Xperia Z4 that was last month announced in Japan and successor to the Sony Xperia Z3 . We explain what's new in the Sony Xperia Z3+ in our Z3 vs Z3+ comparison review. In this article we are foc...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-26
The Xperia Z3+ has already been announced in Japan, where it is known as the Xperia Z4 . However, the name change suggests that the smartphone doesn't offer enough improvements over the Xperia Z3 (which was crowned phone of the year last week at The INQUI...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-26
Sony has unveiled its Z3+, the UK version of the Sony Xperia Z4 that was last month announced in Japan and successor to the Sony Xperia Z3 . We explain what's new in the Sony Xperia Z3+ in our Z3 vs Z3+ comparison review.In this article we are focusing...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-19
Playing PS4 in the bath/shower, Fantastic battery life, Most games perform quite well, Portable gaming with proper controlsgood WiFi and Bluetooth don't work underwater, Only works well over local WiFi, Limited portabilitybad
Before you can use the app with your PS4, it has to paired first. This is done by searching for the PS4 either remotely via the internet, or ad hoc via your Wi-Fi network. The latter is obviously the preferred method, since this yields the lowest delay be...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-19
A great battery life, A powerhouse that can handle anything you throw at it, One of the best displays that I've experienced, Solid build, Fuss free with very little bloatware. The ones that are preinstalled can be uninstalled, Tons of hidden features wait...good An incremental upgrade is not so exciting anymore. I've yet to see something groundbreaking from Sony in years, Having a glass sheet for the back panel that is not scratchproof is not a smart move, Think it's way past its time for a better front camera an...bad
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Reviewed on 2015-04-18
With dimensions of 146 x 72 x 7.3mm (H x W x D) and a weight of 152g, the Xperia Z3 will certainly stand out from the crowd and would not pass unnoticed if left laying around. Despite this increase in size, I found it reasonably easy to adjust handling th...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-14
We've said it before, and we'll say it again. The Sony Xperia Z3 has arguably the most underrated designs around! Being good looking is one thing, but the designers over at Sony's camp delivered an impressive offering in the Xperia Z3 – one that adds a h...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-08
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Reviewed on 2015-04-06
Despite creating beautiful devices, Sony hasn't seen the growth in mobile that it has hoped for, which has led the Japanese giant to announce its plans to scale back its mobile efforts going forward . There are numerous possible reasons why Sony isn't in ...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-02
The new HTC One M9 has arrived but Sony's Xperia Z4 won't land until later this year. Until then, the firm's flagship phone remains the Xperia Z3 , but can the six month old device match up to HTC's new stunner? Find out in our HTC One M9 vs Sony Xperia Z...
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Reviewed on 2015-03-27
Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 at MWC 2015 as expected but Sony decided not to launch the Xperia Z4 despite saying it was happy with a six month refresh cycle. That means the Xperia Z3 remains the firm's flagship phone but how does it compare to th...
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Reviewed on 2015-03-27
The battery life is fantastic, as well as having two “stamina” modes, one of which can be programmed to kick in when your battery is running low. The PC software is better than I'd previously encountered by some distance!The Z3 Compact has a quality feel...
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Reviewed on 2015-03-04
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Processor frequency

2.5 GHz

Processor family

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Processor model

MSM 8974AC

Processor cores



Display diagonal

13.2 cm (5.2")

Display resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Touch technology


Touch screen type


Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type

Micro-USB B

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
MHL version


Weight & dimensions


152 g


7.2 cm


7.3 mm


14.6 cm


SIM card capability

Single SIM

SIM card type


2G standards


3G standards


4G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version

4.0 LE

Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

850,900,1700 MHz

Near Field Communication (NFC)
Security algorithms



Video call


Internal storage capacity

16 GB

Internal RAM

3072 MB

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD (TransFlash)

Maximum memory card size

128 GB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)
Electronic compass


Main camera resolution (numeric)

20.7 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Second camera
Optical sensor size

25.4 / 2.3 mm (1 / 2.3")

Digital zoom


Face detection
ISO sensitivity

2000, 3200, 12800

Video recording
Flash type


Night mode
Smile detection
Second camera resolution

2.2 MP


Battery technology

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery capacity

3100 mAh

Talk time (2G)

14 h

Standby time (2G)

890 h

Talk time (3G)

16 h

Standby time (3G)

920 h

Standby time (4G)

800 h

Continuous audio playback time

130 h

Continuous video playback time

10 h


Form factor


Colour of product


International Protection (IP) code


Protection features

Dust resistant, Water resistant


Operating system installed


Operating system version


Subscription type

No subscription

Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Personal info management (PIM)

Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Stopwatch

Flight mode