In-depth video overview of the Sony Xperia Z3 design, features, and specifications

In-depth video overview of the Sony Xperia Z3 design, features, and specifications
Six months after the announcement of the Sony Xperia Z2 high-end, the company announced a new flagship device – the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone. And what a smartphone this is! Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z3 is a gorgeous handset with a premium design, top-notch hardware specs, a pretty, high-resolution screen, and a very capable camera. How do we know all this? Well, we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Sony Xperia Z3. The smartphone is here on display at IFA 2014 in Berlin for all attendees to see and try. And if you're curious about what the Xperia Z3 brings to the table, then our in-depth video overview is what you need to watch. Check it out below!

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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)



1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

looking good

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

looking awesome

56. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Similar to the Z2...... so um.... roflmao

2. Asa17

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I actually like the look of these new Xperia's and absolutely love the PlayStation Remote Play option. The camera seems to be quality as well (as seen in the last article). A job well done, Sony! Also, very good that they've been focusing on the battery life. Hope to see more manufacturers focus on this. The only negative thing I can spot is the UI. Sure it's not heavy or anything, but I think they can do better than that.

4. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

yepp, Sony has improved a lot in battery life.

3. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

DISLIKES: No QHD display, ugly app icons, fingerprint magnet with its back glass panel, curved edges (Z Ultra looks better and premium). Though I love its responsive and fluid interface and camera. PEACE!

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Black colour is pretty much the only to show those smudges badly. And still with the smudgy back it looks better than most of the competitors :)

8. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

What's wrong with not having QHD? I swear it's too bloody overrated QHD. Unless you have eagle eyes, it's useless on such a small screen. Tablet maybe but on a screen this small. No

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Compare two images side by side, on a QHD screen and on a1080p one. You'll definitely notice the differences right away.

27. Asa17

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I'd say barely. I was happy when a manufacturer, in this case Sony, said that they'd like to focus on battery life instead of having a QHD display. I was hoping that more manufacturers would follow suit. It's just too bad that they're, according to the rumors, getting ready to put a QHD display in the Z4..

57. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Congrats PapaSmurf ! You have proven that Steve Jobs was bullshiitting when he said the human eye can't discern pixels above 300ppi. I bet you simply can't live with iDiot, I mean iPhone displays which are 4in tiny, 640p low resolution, low 326ppi density. The worst of all flagships.

30. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012 are the same guys who used to say that when 1080p came out. The thing is you don't really need to sit and distinguish those pixels to justify QHD. A more advanced panel will be brighter, crisper and yield more accurate colours. That is how the technology works. A technology developed more then a year ago wouldn't be much as good as the cutting technology of today. Also when someone buys a phone of $800 they buy it for future proofing too. Now since more and more 4k content are coming (e.g. Youtube and new TVs) it is going to be even more necessary. Lastly, isn't it quite awkward that you shoot a 4k video from your phone but too enjoy its full glory you've to connect it to a TV ? Try holding the same argument when Xperia Z4 comes out.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You'll still need to plug into a 4K TV to appreciate the full effect, since the highest res phone currently is 1440p resolution, not 4K.

39. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

good arguments.. however, I think that the need to go to QHD is not here yet. Manufacturers could give us much better batttery life by sticking to HD for now, probably another year? But such is technology.. the public demands QHD now or your phone SUCKS. For me, going from my G3 at QHD to my Note 2 at not even HD.. I don't groan at the loss of resolution. yes, the G3 looks great, but I do not find my Note 2 lacking. I'd be perfectly happy with a cutting edge HD screen on the Note 4 with better battery, rather than cutting edge QHD with similar battery life to Note 3.

50. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Here's the thing, if you had asked me the same question six months back I would've completely agreed with you but the GS5 LTE-A with QHD panel is yielding almost the same battery life as the 'regular GS5'. See the link below. (QHD displays are very efficient on Amoled tech unlike QHD LCDs panels.) So if there is negligible impact on battery would you still consider HD against QHD ? That my friend is the million dollar question :)

12. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Don't you know QHD is battery hunger? Also, the curved edges is for dropping durability.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

^ That's a lie. S5 LTE-A has the same battery endurance as the original S5 despite having a QHD screen and same battery size. You anti-QHD people love making stuff up don't you?

21. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Maybe on your Note 4 it makes a minute difference, but on such a small screen no difference! What you are being confused with is that it's the quality and accuracy of the screen which improves with every phone upgrade no matter the make! The screen resolution giving ppi beyond 360ppi doesn't make any difference! It's the quality which became better!!

23. Sam4Note

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

One question: have you ever really tested them to know the difference is 'minute'? I have a friend with a G3. Its way better than 1080p screens and you can tell from a distance. Go to your nearest store and check it out :) you just might turn to a believer ;)

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You still haven't presented a counter argument. QHD > HD.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

On the Note 4 it certainly makes a difference. But he was talking about difference in battery life, anyway - and like PS said, the S5-LTE-A has the same battery life as the 1080p S5.

44. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Yeah guess what else the s5 LTE A has. A better CPU, compared to the 1080p S5

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What's your point?

51. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Two of them are. One to get the same battery life they had to up the cpu. Which sony did not. So thats why they didn't up the resolution. Two they use super amoled which is way more power efficient then LED, but sony is not going to change their whole display line, to come out with something that doesn't WOW people.

52. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But they up'd the clock speed despite having the same panel so... Super AMOLED "wows" more people than IPS does. Show someone a S5 at full brightness to a iPhone 5S or HTC M8. S5 will win hands down.

55. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Yeah the clock speed meaning runs quicker. But they dont have to worry about the display taking up more energy. Perfect example the G3 has a snapdragon 801 clocked at the same speed. But because of its display it has the worst battery of all the flagships. Excluding iPhone. But im not argueing with you that samsung is good at displays. Im just explaining why they didn't want to do it on the Z3

5. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

No QHD is not a deal breaker considering the screen size 5.2". curved edges look better imo, so it depends on personal preference.

7. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Flagships standards: 2011 - SD screen 2012 - HD ready screen 2013 - HD screen 2014 - QHD screen 2015 - UHD 8K screen 2016 - UHD 16K screen 2017 - ???

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

2017 - no screen at all.

10. 1701nino unregistered

Great phone,but shoud have been better, at least Snapdragon 805 and and OIS camera would have been great.

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