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First Sony Xperia Z3+ benchmarks crop up, flagship posts unimpressive results

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First Sony Xperia Z3+ benchmarks crop up, flagship posts unimpressive results
We were given a heads-up before it happened, and now it has happened — Sony officially unveiled the Japan-exclusive Xperia Z4 for the international market just two days ago, but it'll be called the Xperia Z3+. Regardless of the name change, the two devices are actually identical and flaunt the same, high-end hardware. Now, we're getting the first test results from performance benchmarks, telling the story of how well the various parts work together.

Before we get into the meat, here's what you need to know. The Xperia Z3+ sports a 5.2-inch display with a pixel resolution of 1080 x 1920, is powered by 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with Adreno 430 graphics, and packs 3GB of RAM. In all, that's a pretty solid, flagship-worthy configuration that is sure to perform well. In reality, however, while we do not at all doubt the device's ability to handle whatever it is you decide to throw at it, it would appear that it does, nevertheless, perform worse than competing products.

The aforementioned tests, ran by Chinese ePrice, consist of runs through specialized benchmarking apps, including AnTuTu, Vellamo, and Basemark ES 2.0. With AnTuTu, we've got a score of just under 51,000 points, 1447 points in the Metal section of Vellamo, and 3435 points in the browsing test. You can see how that compares with the current crop of competing flagships below, but the gist of it is this — not very well. Indeed, smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the HTC One M9, and even the Snapdragon 808-toting LG G4 all scored better, and in some cases — significantly better.

Lastly, as we're sure the techies in the crowd are already wondering about this — ePrice reports a peak temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.36 Fahrenheit) for the CPU after finishing with the trio of tests mentioned above. That's a bit on the hot side, but we're told that the Z3+ felt "perfectly acceptable" in the hand. Not having a body that is essentially a hunk of metal likely helped with that.

BENCHMARK

AnTuTu
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 69042
Samsung Galaxy S6 58382
HTC One M9 56896
LG G4 50330
Google Nexus 6 49480
Sony Xperia Z3+ 48424
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 2616
Samsung Galaxy S6 2237
HTC One M9 2218
LG G4 2369
Google Nexus 6 2731
Sony Xperia Z3+ 2385.3
Sony Xperia Z3 1571
Vellamo Browser
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 5745
Samsung Galaxy S6 5751
HTC One M9 4195
LG G4 3948
Google Nexus 6 3644
Sony Xperia Z3+ 3276.3
Sony Xperia Z3 2938
View all


Thanks for the tip!


source: ePrice

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posted on 28 May 2015, 06:51 9

1. KENTOZ (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


It's just not unimpressive but it's also Lame

That spec is like cheap chinese phone

posted on 28 May 2015, 06:58 25

5. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Educate yourself some tech first before posting here, Corntoz. You're not yummy anymore.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:18 15

12. Rexperia (Posts: 133; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


I think you're a trully stupid, looking to ur avatar it's clearly that you're Chinese ethnic then you disgrace them...

posted on 28 May 2015, 10:09 3

37. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


by the way, what is disgracing in his comment to bash him in such a bad manner?
it is very clear that he want to say " Z3+ is not impressive"... further more, he is just putting z3+ in the same catagory of cheap chinese phones to show his disliking towards the unimpressive performance of Z3+

posted on 28 May 2015, 11:20 5

39. kabiluddin (Posts: 183; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Don't try to defend the troll. Guess you haven't been visiting PA recently. KENTOZ regularly trolls Sony articles. He deserves it.

posted on 28 May 2015, 13:05 1

42. neela_akaash (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


I am looking for that JAPANESEPATRIOT.....

posted on 28 May 2015, 13:24 2

44. kabiluddin (Posts: 183; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


KENTOZ, AndreaWijayanti, SuperNova, All the PATRIOT people are the same person. One person Multiple accounts.

posted on 28 May 2015, 18:03

46. AndreaWijayanti (Posts: 68; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


how do you know we are the same person?

posted on 28 May 2015, 20:02

47. ARTE.8800. (banned) (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2015)


You troll, stop trolling.

posted on 28 May 2015, 21:00

50. ARTE.8800. (banned) (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2015)


He's limited. He's on a 1 weeks banned.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:26 6

14. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


The only one that is lame is you mentoz

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:54 3

20. Doakie (Posts: 1889; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I have a cheap Chinese phone. It's called the OnePlus One and it's specs are comparable to the $900 iPhone 6 Plus.

Oh that's right the iPhone is just an expensive Chinese phone....

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:56

21. RajRicardo (Posts: 390; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Can be a software issue. Just like the One M9.

posted on 28 May 2015, 09:09

31. josephnero (Posts: 555; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Wait for Gpu tests

posted on 28 May 2015, 09:58 1

36. waddup121 (unregistered)


It's a prototype tho isn't it? some various youtubers said wait till it's optimized for it to run

posted on 28 May 2015, 06:53 2

2. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Why is the s6 edge scoring so much higher than the standard s6?

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:01 8

7. NonFanBoy (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 May 2015)


Because they havent updated the benchmark score yet for the relased version of the S6 yet and are still using old scores from pre-release units. Other sites show that the scores for both S6 and S6 edge are very similar as one would expect.

posted on 28 May 2015, 06:54

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


THEY SHOULD'VE USED SD 808 MORE BETTER..

posted on 01 Jun 2015, 14:57

54. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I agree, Snapdragon 808 would've been more suitable for the Z3+ and then Sony could've waited for the Snapdragon 820 for the Z4.

posted on 28 May 2015, 06:54 1

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 985; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Dear oh dear. The results are mostly even lower than the Snapdragon 805 in the Nexus 6 got.

posted on 28 May 2015, 23:06 1

52. EcoCare (Posts: 414; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Benchmarks are just for bragging. All flagships phone performs day-to-day tasks flawlessly, so this is not a reason to not buy this phone.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:00 3

6. Feanor (Posts: 675; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Not out of fanboyism (and anyway, I couldn't care less about synthetic benchmarks) but I'd say let's wait for some proper testing of a retail version. The Z3+ has all the elements for good performance and according to GSM Arena testing of the related Z4 Tablet, the performance should be better than that.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:16 2

11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 985; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


you cant use a tablet as reference, a tablet is much larger and allows for much greater heat distribution meaning the CPU will not get as hot as it does in a phone using the same chip.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:03 1

8. jove39 (Posts: 1826; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Result of aggressive throttling.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:05 3

9. carlemillward (unregistered)


Having Snapdragon 810, is like a organ transplant. Even if it is the right choice, some phones will accept it and work smoothly, others will reject it and cause issues.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:42

17. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


It is like an organ transplant but when you got a s**t doctor then......

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:10 1

10. Rafe.Jandre (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Its seems that Sony put some software to reduce the performance of 810 and prevent the overheating.

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:37 3

16. Nibbler1 (Posts: 30; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


This benchmarks are totally irrelevant, real time performance is the only thing that counts.A Lot of companies cheat in benchmarks any way.You can see significant increase in speed in every 3-4 years of innovation, the fanboyism about which company scores in benchmarks better is for people who dont have enough daily sex ;) Peace !

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:44 1

18. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Yeah task life performance we all know that SD810 can give it but how can you explain that all other 810s score more?

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:45 1

19. A.o.D (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Mar 2015)


Where are the gfxbench gpu benchmarks where it topped the charts?

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:01 3

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Where is Japaneseparrot.. Oh mean JAPANESEPATRIOT??
Should be hiding in tree...
As for Sony... They say QHD is gimmick Z.. But they use 810 which is the biggest gimmick of all...

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:02 2

23. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Where is Japaneseparrot.. Oh mean JAPANESEPATRIOT??
Should be hiding in tree...
As for Sony... They say QHD is gimmick Z.. But they use 810 which is the biggest gimmick of all...

posted on 28 May 2015, 11:47 1

40. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Why spam?

posted on 28 May 2015, 22:12

51. kobainez (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


This idiot always spam

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:13 3

25. Settings (Posts: 1498; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Tech geeks are not into synthetic benchmarks anymore after all that cheating fiasco OEMs made. We all know it can be rigged. These results doesn't reflect IRL performance.

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:14 1

26. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I guess japanese patriot wont be in this article.

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:16 4

27. azam426 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


im a proud orner of Xperia Z2. As a Sony Fan i can support sony by saying Benchmarks are useless these days, but as a common android user, i say benchmarks are matters when i / some users buy a new phone. people search for Benchmark results and reviews before they buy a phone. But in this case i suspect benchmark score of z3+ is low due to software/ drivers optimization.. you will see better scores later after software optimizations, when they release firmware updates..

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:41 3

28. Carl3000 (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


Battery life will still be better than any flagship this year. 810 with 1080P screen will produce better results than the Z3 and that lasted 2-3 days with no charge.

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:46 1

29. dlsnhuff (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I hate CPU in SD 810 but I like adreno 430 & quick charging with it. Geez, wish that it's using 6 cores = quad cores 1.5 Ghz A53 & dual cores 2.5 Ghz A57 or 2.5 Ghz A72

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:53 1

30. Djz89 (Posts: 285; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


I don't buy this, will wait for others to do the benchmark aswell before judging. It can't be worse than SD 801?

posted on 28 May 2015, 09:33 1

32. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 584; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Hey, PA. Since you posted a disappointing article about the Z3+ try posting an article where Sony has finally brought full manual camera controls in the Z3+? Unfortunately though, no RAW support for now.

posted on 28 May 2015, 12:36 1

41. maherk (Posts: 3485; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


funny thing is that they have already posted an article about manual controls on the Z3+.
Maybe next time you should do your HW before you open your mouth.

posted on 28 May 2015, 20:50

49. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 584; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


You are right! I have read that article. I probably forgot about it.

posted on 28 May 2015, 09:39

34. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Maybe it easily overheats that's why the scores are poor.

posted on 28 May 2015, 13:14 2

43. raff0497 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 May 2015)


I dont care about those benchmarks, compare those phone in real world,which smartphone would perform better when it comes to

1.Battery Life
2.User Experience
3.Camera
4. Waterproofing

Given those flagships above, do benchmarks affect the way you use your phone.

Not a sony fan, but I think sony has the best specs of them all

posted on 29 May 2015, 11:27

53. Caelleigh (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 May 2015)


I agree. I use my Z3v easily twice as much as my brother uses his S6 and I get about 3 days 2-6 hours out of my phone from 100 to 20%, and he only gets about 2 days 11 hours in the same percentage range. Meanwhile the Z3v compared to the Z3 is apparently missing a fe energy saving features.

A persons preference of UI will change per individual so as long as they're easy to use and navigate it's a plus, water proofing is great if you're like me and refure to waste money on the over priced phone insurance.

Considering how smooth even the worst of these phone tend to run, benchmarks are just a waste of time.

posted on 28 May 2015, 15:09

45. invictvs (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Why is so much difference between s6 and s6 edge variant? they have the same internals.

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