Last year, as you may recall, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor hit the headlines for many of the wrong reasons
. The reputation of each device packing the chip was affected, even if the oft-refuted overheating problem
wasn't actually present. Sony was easily the highest-profile casualty of what some of our readers jokingly referred to as the 'flagship killer',
with both the Z3+
and Japan-only Z4
hindered by the chipset's woes
. Before that, though, the Xperia Z3
proved itself as a worthy competitor in our reviews
and gave Samsung's Galaxy S5
more than a run for its money
. Now, the less controversial flagship of a couple years back is available at a heavily discounted price of just $250.
For your 250 bucks you get a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 16 gigs of on-board, expandable storage. The 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 display equates to a very crisp 424 ppi, whilst the 3100 mAh battery can be quickly refilled thanks to Quick Charge 2.0 support.
Though flagship devices should evolve and improve through the generations, the Xperia Z3 arguably bests most of Sony's subsequent efforts as an all-round smartphone. Even if you overlook the aforementioned Snapdragon 810 saga, neither the Z3+, Z4 nor the newer Z5 have substantially improved upon the Z3, which remains one of the Japanese firm's best efforts to date.
Therefore, $250 for a handset of this caliber is a great deal by our reckoning, especially given that the latest Android Marshmallow update has been making its way
to the device as of this month.
The deal, provided by B&H Photo Video, has only 12 hours left to run. So if you'd like to score the Xperia Z3 at this knock-down price, move quickly to avoid disappointment.