The Xperia Z3 is Sony's flagship smartphone for late 2014. Building on the Xperia Z2, the Z3 bumps up certain hardware specs, while evolving Sony's "Omnibalance" design language. The entire package is thinner and lighter than before, with new rounded corners for improved ergonomics. On the front is a 5.2-inch 1080p display — same as the Z2 on paper, though with brighter colors and improved daylight visibility. The Z3 is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, backed up by a microSD slot. And like most Sony phones these days, it's water- and dust-resistant — rated IP65/68.
The Xperia Z3 retains its predecessors' 20.7 Sony Exmor RS camera, which finds itself behind a new, wider-angle lens. Sony's also touting the Z3 as having "two-day" battery life, with a fixed 3,100mAh powering the device.
Over in the U.S., Sony finally unveiled the phone's launch at an event in October in New York City. Verizon is the exclusive launch partner for what's being called the Xperia Z3v, which is nearly identical to the international model but custom tailored to Verizon's network. The Z3v adds Qi charging underneath the same metal and glass exterior as the international Z3, as well as a couple of Verizon logos on the front and back. It goes on sale October 23rd from the carrier for $199 on-contract.
07 October 2014 185By Alex DobieSony returns with its best high-end smartphone yet — in two sizes
Over the past year, Sony has shown a quiet determination to claw its way to the top of the smartphone food chain. The Japanese electronics giant may be in a sticky financial situation at present, but in 2014 it's fielded some of the most compelling high-end smartphones on the market. At CES this January it was the first big Android player to offer a true flagship smartphone in a smaller form factor with the Xperia Z1 Compact. A few months later it improved on the Z1 in a few important areas with the Xperia Z2, one of the most balanced Android flagships of the year.
Six months later, Sony's back with another fall refresh, and two new smartphones in different form factors. There's the Xperia Z3, the latest iterative update for Sony's Z series, and the Xperia Z3 Compact, which takes the guts of the Z3 and transplants them into a smaller chassis.
Given the similarities between the two, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact call for a different kind of review, and as such we're going to present a mega-review of sorts, covering all the usual areas, as well as the differences between the two.
Read on to find out how Sony's latest handsets shape up.
09 October 2014 30By Andrew MartonikSony's late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, sports a refreshed design and some impressive internal specs. It's the combination of the two that make a phone great, so here's the full listing of all internal specs on the Xperia Z3...
09 October 2014 103By Phil NickinsonSony's latest flagship comes to the states on Oct. 23
Verizon and Sony today in New York City unveiled the Xperia Z3v, the first version of the latest flagship from Sony (you'll recall we're really not all that far removed from its last one) to hit the United States...
04 May 2016 9By Harish JonnalagaddaSony is rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to a slew of phones in India, with the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact receiving the update. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is also picking up the OTA update, which is now going out to consumers in the country.
21 April 2016 21By Jared DiPaneSupport for one of the first non-Nexus device has been added to the Android N Developer Preview. If you own a Xperia Z3, you'll now be able to join in on the Developer Preview and get a taste of Android N.
30 March 2016 55By Jared DiPaneIf you are in the market for an unlocked smartphone, you may want to check out this deal from B&H on Sony's Xperia Z3. The water and dust-resistant phone is priced at just $250 right now, a savings of $200.
11 February 2016 15By Rich EdmondsSony has rolled out the Xperia Beta Program, which invites smartphone owners to join the company in squashing bugs and improving Android 6.0 Marshmallow ahead of public release.
20 July 2015 58By Rich EdmondsSony is currently working on a new Android concept software build for Xperia hardware. It's believed the company is looking to change things up with a refresh to the Xperia UI.
24 April 2015 40By Joseph KellerT-Mobile is once again selling the Sony Xperia Z3, a little over two weeks after discontinuing sales of the phone.
T-Mobile began selling the Xperia Z3 in October 2014, but then pulled the phone from sale earlier this month, after just six months on the market....