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

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.

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

Thanks for the tip!

source: ePrice

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Xperia Z3+
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2930 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat



45. invictvs

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

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

43. raff0497

Posts: 3; Member since: May 28, 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

53. Caelleigh

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 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.

34. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

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

32. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

41. maherk

Posts: 7101; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

49. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

30. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 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?

29. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 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

28. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

27. azam426

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 17, 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..

26. drunkenjay

Posts: 1705; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I guess japanese patriot wont be in this article.

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

40. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Why spam?

51. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This idiot always spam

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

19. A.o.D

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

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

16. Nibbler1

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 03, 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 !

18. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

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

10. Rafe.Jandre

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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

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.

17. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

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

8. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Result of aggressive throttling.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1449; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

52. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013


54. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

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