Sony Xperia XZ3: unboxing and first look


The Xperia XZ3 is the best and latest phone by Sony and it has finally arrived in our office, meaning that it's time to unbox it and take a closer look at one of the most exciting phones that Sony has ever made.

Why are we so fascinated with the XZ3, you wonder? We got to see it first-hand at the IFA tech show in Berlin and we were blown away by the display and Sony has also made some welcome changes to the design that make a big difference in handling this phone. This is the first Sony phone with an OLED screen, a beautiful Quad HD+ panel that looks very sharp and features lively, impressive colors that really pop at you.

But before we dive deeper, let's unbox the XZ3 and see what's...

Inside the box:

  • Phone (duh!)
  • Wall charger with standard USB input
  • USB-C to standard USB cable
  • USB-C to 3.5mm audio dongle
  • User manuals


The USB-C to audio dongle is the big giveaway: this phone does not have a headphone jack, just like many other new Android phones this year. This means that you would have to either rely on USB-C headphones (not that many out there and maybe not a great idea) or use wireless earbuds that might be a bit more expensive.We are not even surprised and Sony does not provide much of an explanation as to why it killed the headphone jack, but it's definitely gone.

Xperia XZ3: OLED screen looks beautiful


With this little detail clear, the Xperia XZ3 is really a looker. We have the black version here and it looks gorgeous in those first few seconds, until you use it for a while and notice all the fingerprint smudges, but that's something all glass phones suffer from. Apart from that, the phone is relatively tall and narrow, with a curved back and a curved screen up front, so the phone lays really nicely in the hand.

The OLED screen is 6" in size, features a Quad HD+ resolution (1440 x 2880 pixels) and is capable of displaying stunning colors. It took Sony long to adopt OLED screens, but the wait is over and this screen is a beauty worth admiring.

For all else, this is your standard 2018 flagship: it is powered by the top-tier Snapdragon 845 chip, has 64 gigs of on-board storage (with microSD card support) and features 4GB RAM.

Android 9 Pie!


The XZ3 ships with Android 9 Pie aboard, the latest and greatest Android version, and it adopts most of the features coming with this update, except for the new gesture navigation. This really is a pity: you can only use the virtual on-screen buttons for navigating around and they feel really slow and clunky after using phones with gesture-based interfaces.

This round up our first impressions of the Sony Xperia XZ3: a beautiful phone with a beautiful display.

We will go much deeper with benchmarks, camera tests and more in our in-depth review that is coming up soon, but in the meantime, feel free to ask us: what do you want to know about the XZ3? We'll do our best to answer in the comments and in our final review.

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Xperia XZ3
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(23.8h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. middlehead

Posts: 454; Member since: May 12, 2014

I generally like Sony, I want to support them, but no headphone jack no buy.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This is Sony's first Daydream VR compatible smartphone as well, since it's OLED. Most people are switching over to Bluetooth these days, so the audio jack is going away, especially when Bluetooth audio quality (aptX) is really great. Plus you get the 3.5mm dongle in the box Anyone that buys the iPhone XR over this smartphone is a die hard iDiot.

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The thing that I am afraid of is iPhoneArena always bashes Sony, and always gives them a bad score. Not that iPhonearenas scores really matter. ;-)

2. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Good design, but no headphone jack, disastorious fingerprint sensor and on/off button placement, too wide, tall, thick and very heavy for its screen size. And of course - too overpriced. Even for this crazy price Sony doesn't include fast charger. Why would anyone in its sober mind buy this phone? Just because of SONY logo? Well - may be 25-30 years ago some people would but definitely not nowadays...

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

7.3mm is too wide? It has same 15.8 cm of i8+

7. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

25 - 30 years? 10 years ago I used to buy Sony phones (prior to android).

11. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Too overpriced in which market? In entire EU it is around €800, which is cheaper than the S9 when it was new. In my country it is €80 cheaper than the S9 and €160 cheaper than the S9+. Even now that the S9 line is six months old. The Galaxy Note 9 is €235 more expensive than the XZ3!!!! Basically everywhere the XZ3 is priced the same as the XZ2 when it was new. So Sony isn't even charging anything on top for their switch to OLED.

3. Sandy34

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 21, 2017

Damn, that's one stunning phone.

6. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hey Sony, What’s up with those bezels at top and bottom. In my opinion, I don’t think Sony has made a phone worth buying since their W & K series.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

...It is not worth buying because of 5mm larger bezels than the S9? You do know that this is because Sony doesn't want to give up on the front facing position of their stereo speakers, right? There is other phone with front facing stereo speakers that has managed yet any slimmer bezels than that. The XZ3 is pretty much the same phone as the Galaxy S9, just with about 5-6 months faster updates and a cleaner version of Android.

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Tell a phone with front speaker with bezels tiny like v30.

15. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I don't see any double front facing stereo speakers in the V30 or V35 specification list. Also I don't see them physically on the phone. They either don't have stereo speakers, or they are not front facing like on the S9 and the iPhone.

8. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Great looking phone but I still prefer boxy design

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1495; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

4GB of RAM is just not enough anymore.

10. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I would love to get a Sony phone but they're never made to be compatible with Verizon unless it's a compact model or a midrange

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

There is 6GB version

16. cocoy

Posts: 456; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

This is a very good phone except for the FPS placement. I believe I am not the only one who is complaining about it. It will take sometime for someone to familiarize its position. I've seen some camera test for this phone and the performance is on par with other flagships even better in some scenario. I'm waiting for a comparison of this phone with other flagship as well in this site.

17. cocoy

Posts: 456; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

This is a very good phone except for the FPS placement. I believe I am not the only one who is complaining about it. It will take sometime for someone to familiarize its position. I've seen some camera test for this phone and the performance is on par with other flagships even better in some scenario. I'm waiting for a comparison of this phone with other flagship as well in this site.

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