Sony Xperia XZ3 vs XZ2 Premium vs XZ2: Main differences

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs XZ2 Premium vs XZ2: Main differences
Sony's new flagship phone, the Xperia XZ3, will be available for purchase in October and it rises the natural question: How much better is it compared to previous Sony high-end models?

Internally, the XZ3 shares most of the components of the XZ2 and XZ2 Premium version. It has the same Snapdragon 845 CPU and Adreno 630 GPU, same amount of storage: 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM, which is 2 less than the XZ2 Premium. If you scroll through the specs sheet below, you'll see most other features are the same on all three phones, so what's new?

The main new feature is the QHD+ HDR OLED display that comes with the XZ3. This is a first for Sony when it comes to OLED, a premium feature it's been missing from previous flagship phones. The OLED screen is bigger, 6-inches, and the resolution splits the difference between the two other models with 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display will provide superior viewing experience, compared to its predecessors, in terms of color reproduction and high contrast ratios, thanks to the HDR support.

Another difference is the improved front camera that has F1.9 aperture for better low-light performance and can use bokeh and beauty functions at the same time. Meanwhile, the XZ3 drops the double camera setup of the XZ2 Premium and has a single 19 MP censor. 

The speakers also receive an upgrade and are now 20% larger with wider frequency range. 

Despite the bigger display and speakers, the XZ3 has the same lenght as the XZ2 Premium, but is a bit narrower. The full specs comparison between the three phones is below, but if you want to put it against other models, you can use our phone comparison tool.


Display

Size

5.7 inches
5.8 inches
6.0 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
OLED

Screen-to-body

76.28 %
73.36 %
80.67 %

Peak brightness

700 cd/m2 (nit)
900 cd/m2 (nit)
550 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845

Processor

Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 630
Adreno 630

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64GB
64GB
64GB

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo)
Android (9.0 Pie)

Battery

Capacity

3180 mAh
3540 mAh
3330 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery
USB Power Delivery

Talk time

12.20 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)
13.30 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)
13.30 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)

Stand-by time

24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)

Talk time (3G)

23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
26.50 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
23.80 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

26.2 days (630 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
23.8 days (570 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

85.00 hours
91.00 hours
84.00 hours

Video playback

16.00 hours
11.70 hours
11.80 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

19 MP (Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
19 MP (Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
19 MP (Laser and PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Second camera

 
12 MP (Black and White, Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
 

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal Length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)

Features

HDR, Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 MP
13 MP
13 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

6.02 x 2.83 x 0.44 inches (153 x 72 x 11.1 mm)
6.22 x 3.15 x 0.47 inches (158 x 80 x 11.9 mm)
6.22 x 2.87 x 0.39 inches (158 x 73 x 9.9 mm)

Weight

6.98 oz (198.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
8.32 oz (236.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
6.81 oz (193.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Notification light
Notification light
 

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 1000
$ 900

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