9 subtle design differences between the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z3

9 subtle design differences between the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z3
As Sony fans know only too well, the legendary Japanese company's policy on flagship upgrades dictates a refresh every six months or so. In the case of the Sony Xperia Z3+, however, the device has barely been on the market for two months and there's already a newer, meaner Xperia flagship — the Z5.

In many ways, this hurt the significance of the Xperia Z3+, which most people have never seen, nor will buy given the more tempting Xperia Z5. This is why, in a way, the true predecessor to the Z5 is actually the Z3, technically incorrect as this may be. And sure, the Z3+ served as a testing board for some design changes — ones that we also find in the Z5 — but we thought comparing these subtle differences with the Xperia Z3 makes more sense.

Some of you will already know that we had a favorable first impression as far as the new Xperia Z5 is concerned, and the slightly updated design of the device had a lot to do with that — especially that frosted glass plate on the back. But we noticed a number of other tweaks, and we thought it'd be helpful to have them outlined in one place for your future reference. Here they are:

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Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)
Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

They did a good job at refining the design, I like that Xperia logo on the side. But they really should come up with a new design for their next flagship, we need something new. Otherwise they will go down like HTC.

8. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

I will miss the Magnetic charing port... If I will have the money to get one

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

It might mean that they're preparing for wireless charging in the near future.

9. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While that is true, I am loving the frosted green back.

18. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, me too. It looks cool.

10. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i hope not. i'm tired of good designs being demonized because the market is fickle. imo the m9 and the xperia z5 are pretty much everything i want in a phone except the 810... i just can't do it. so if i could have a custom m9 with the 820 in it and no other changes... i'd go for it. perhaps type c port but really that's not a make or break to me yet.

17. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I understand. But you know, I really miss the days when we first saw the Xperia Z getting unveiled, the design really wow me that time. I miss that wow from Sony. And next year MWC might be your lucky day since rumors are saying that there will be a Z5 Ultra with Snapdragon 820 and I doubt that the design will change much.

24. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

yeah i definitely get that the 'wow' factor is gone with the mobile industry these days but i don't blame the oem's for that.. i think the initial "gold rush" you could say is just over. since phones are so integrated into our lives now they've become more common. it's hard to get "wow" from something you're already so used to. but hopefully you're right. :D

23. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Hell no dont fix what aint broke. The only improvement they should do is smaller bezels and maybe make it thinner. Dont ruin it.

2. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

So PA finally get some good amount of marketing bonus from the stingy Sony it seems, lol

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I've always wondered... Do you guys really think we get paid to stealth promote? Hilarious.

7. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Leave them Chris, these are kind of people that only want one brand to dominate. They don't understand that competition is good and Sony is actually trying this time.

12. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Yup I totally agree with you.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2653; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Considering that it's against FTC regs to have sponsored native content without it being labeled as such, I rather hope not.

21. SonyOwner unregistered

It's obvious dude. Majority of your co-writer

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

I absolutely detest the new placement of the volume key. It should be on the left side. This placement makes it impossible to change the volume with one hand if you're holding the phone with your right hand( which is what most of us do).

5. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

right, i wonder how many times people will turn down or up the volume while on calls

6. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

But while using camera it's the perfect place for zooming..

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

I'd rather zoom using pinch to zoom. Plus, I'd you're shooting a pic, you're holding your phone with 2 hands. In that case, all the corners of the phone are pretty well accessible.

19. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

The logo on the front should be taken off. that way the phone can be simply turned upside down. (I'll just buy a Black wallpaper frame (i'm getting the Black Xperia (not sure if i'll wait for next version or not))

22. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I also dislike their new placement but in my opinion it should be over the power button, not on the left side. I hate Samsung placement of buttons, in opposite sides I always mispress something be it the volume or the power button... Additionally, I am a lefty so for me the placement on Z3/Z3c and previous is perfect :-)

11. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Wonder If They Keep The Same Design With Only Slight Changes Because Its Hard To Design A Good Looking Slim Phone That's Also Completely Waterproof........?????

15. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

No more magnetic charging is fine since this one no longer have flap. One of reason why previous Z need magnetic charging because you need to open flap everytime you want to charge using micro usb port

20. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

the Frosted Glass looks amazing

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