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Sony Xperia Z3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and usability. The battery and design also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the camera. Some have doubts about the features and size.

screen, design, battery, usability, sound

size, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia Z3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 63 reviews)

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Sony Xperia Z3 review: Overall a great package, but priced outrageously at Rs 51,990


Sony had already announced its flagship smartphone – the Xperia Z2 – at this years Mobile World Congress and the units started appearing on the market May onwards. It has been just four months since, and Sony has already announced another flagship...

Sony Xperia Z3 impresses on most counts. Apart from the heating issue, there was barely anything major to criticise. The camera performance and battery life performance in particular are quite good. The refinements in the design are a welcome change,...

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Sony Xperia Z3 review: a classy flagship with great battery life


When you're trying to compete in the phone-making game, there are certain challenges. On the one hand, you want to dazzle customers with innovative

Fantastic battery life ; High-quality finish ; Great camera

Software feels a little dated

For a phone that, initially at least, looks a lot like the one it's meant to replace the Z3 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Best of all is the standout battery life. Android photographers will love the camera too. It's easy to recommend the Z3, unless...

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Sony XPERIA Z3 ( black)


Sony's newest Z-series flagship phone didn't take long to arrive -- the Xperia Z2 was only announced earlier this year -- but in a flash it took its place as Sony's ultimate smartphone. It brings a new, refined design and is one of the first...

The Sony Xperia Z3 packs great battery life, a brilliant display, beautiful design and waterproof features. If you own a PS4, you'll also be able to play PS4 games remotely on your phone.

The UI can use updating -- all the icons just look way too big. While it may have a 20.7-megapixel camera, autofocus can be a little off, but nothing a quick tap on the screen can't fix.

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.


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Sony Xperia Z3 review: Hat trick


To say we are eager to get the Xperia Z3 out for a spin would be a massive understatement - with the race track still warm from the Compact. After all, if the Robin in Sony's IFA lineup can do that well, we can only imagine what Batman is capable of....

5.2" IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424ppi, ambient light sensor ; LTE connectivity ; Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Xperia UI on top ; IP68 certified - dust and water proof up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes ; Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core...

Non user-replaceable battery ; Slightly larger than most direct rivals

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Sony Xperia Z3 Review


The Xperia Z3 upgrades only slightly on the Z2, but where it counts – it sports a faster processor, much brighter display, and an improved camera, in addition to being thinner and lighter than its predecessor, still keeping the high waterproof rating.

Thin and stylish waterproof body ; Bright display with excellent outdoor visibility ; Excellent battery life ; Good pictures and video quality ; Fantastic battery life

Comparatively large for the display size ; Very inaccurate screen colors in default mode ; Hollow-sounding earpiece

At first read, one might scoff at the seemingly modest Xperia Z3 upgrades against its Z2 predecessor. We are kind of liking Sony's approach, though, as it allows the company to stay on top of the bi-annual Android cycle of spring-fall flagships, while...

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Sony Xperia Z3 review


With Sony's bi-annual release cycle, there is always a concern about what upgrades you get with every iteration. That is what we find out, and more in this in-depth review of the Sony Xperia Z3!

Further refined aesthetics ; Great display experience ; Great sound experience ; Sturdy, IP certified design ; Powerful camera ; Minimalistic but very useful Xperia UI

Upgrade might not be substantial for veteran users ; Performance package is a step behind current competition ; Best camera features are disjointed

The Sony Xperia Z3 is currently available for the full unlocked price of around $650, putting it squarely in the realm of flagship smartphone, in both value and price. Boasting similar performance packages and price points, the main competitors of this...

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Sony Xperia Z3 review


Has Sony added enough to warrant a Z2 sequel already?

Brilliant battery ; High-end specs ; Premium build

Where is PS4 Remote Play ; Bugs in the operating system ; 4K still doesn't work properly

Like the Sony Xperia Z2, I don't know why the Z3 doesn't impress me hugely. On paper it's got all the right bits: 3GB of RAM, MHL 3.0, extended battery, high power camera etc.

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Sony Xperia Z3 review: Hands-on


It doesn't seem that long since Sony introduced its last flagship phone, but the Z3 is here. Take a look at our Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on review

While it may seem quite soon for Sony to be replacing the previous model, the Xperia Z3 looks set to be a very strong contender in the smartphone battle. The improvements are subtle but significant and the PS4 functionality is sure to be a massive...

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Sony Xperia Z3


Six months on, how much better is the Z3 over the Z2?

Sharp, vibrant display ; Massive battery life ; Slick overall performance ; Hi-Res Audio support

Still some overheating issues ; No PS4 Remote Play yet ; Too much Sony bloatware

Running a Full HD version of the Interstellar trailer on the Z3, the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5, the Z3 still holds up exceptionally well. Faces look natural, viewing angles are strong and whites are nice and bright. Where it lacks in comparison...

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Sony Xperia Z3 vs HTC One M8 comparison review


At launch, the M8 cost a classic £550 on a SIM-free basis – and since the device has been around for a few months now, you can find it for less, too. Amazon has the smartphone for £519 in the glacial silver colour but you can get it for just £459 from...

These are two stunningly closely matched handsets. Both are well built and powerful, fast and with great displays. Ultimately your choice will be a subjective one on design and build, with the added spice that the Xperia Z3 probably marginally shades...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:4K / HD1080p


GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:4.X LTE / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:IPS
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 4.4 KitKat
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Sim Free / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes