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.


Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium vs Sony Xperia XZ2

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
5.8 inches
5.7 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2880 pixels
2160 x 3840 pixels
1080 x 2160 pixels

Aspect Ratio

18:9
16:9
18:9

Pixel density

537 ppi
760 ppi
424 ppi

Technology

OLED
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

80.67 %
73.36 %
76.28 %

Peak brightness

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

Hardware & Performance

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

4 GB LPDDR4
6 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64 GB
64 GB
64 GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3330 mAh
3540 mAh
3180 mAh

Charging

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

Talk time

13.30 hours
the average is 19 h (1141 min)
13.30 hours
the average is 19 h (1141 min)
12.20 hours
the average is 19 h (1141 min)

Stand-by time

21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 21 days (505 h)
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 21 days (505 h)
24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 21 days (505 h)

Talk time (3G)

23.80 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
26.50 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
26.2 days (630 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
23.8 days (570 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
24.6 days (590 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)

Music playback

84.00 hours
91.00 hours
85.00 hours

Video playback

11.80 hours
11.70 hours
16.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

19 megapixels
19 megapixels
19 megapixels

Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor

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 megapixels
 

Features

 
Black and White, Laser and Phase detection autofocus, 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) (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)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

13 megapixels
13 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

6.81 oz (193 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
8.32 oz (236 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
6.98 oz (198 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

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

Features

 
Notification light
Notification light

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 900
$ 1000
 

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7 Comments

1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I love Sony's 4k displays. However since their 4k display is not Daydream compatible, then for me I would rather have the QHD+ display instead.

2. ullokey

Posts: 182; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Hopefully they have not abandoned the compact series

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Their current XZ2 compact has the exact same SD 845 and modem as well. Plus the existing compact is roughly the same size as an iPhone 8, only it has a larger display with the same resolution as as an iPhone 8 plus. So why would Sony make a XZ3 compact. Remember the XZ2's aren't even 6 months old yet.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

At least the bezels are only 2 years old now instead of 8 years old.

4. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Oled sucks period. Bye sony

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Hmm. I think i'd still get the XZ2 premium. Sony persist with F/2.0 cameras which is seriously disappointing for low light photos.. Also only 4gb Ram, 64gb storage.... Pass

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