Sony Xperia Z3+ is official: Snapdragon 810 SoC, new 5MP front-facing camera and trimmer design

Sony Xperia Z3+ is official: Snapdragon 810 SoC, new 5MP front-facing camera and trimmer design
Since the Sony Xperia Z4 is launching in Japan only, Sony needed a new top-of-the-line model to appease global buyers outside of its own country. This morning, the Sony Xperia Z3+ has been announced by the manufacturer to fill the spot in its lineup for a new flagship model headed to the rest of the world. Right off the bat, we can tell you that the new model looks very much like the Sony Xperia Z3, down to the 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution screen. 

Inside, though, Sony has opted to go ahead and power the device with the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC which features an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 430 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside. The rear camera is the same 20.7MP snapper employed on the Xperia Z3 (still no OIS) but the front camera has been bumped from 2MP to 5MP in order to take better selfies. Sony has trimmed the sails on the battery, choosing to enlist a 2900mAh juicer rather than the 3100mAh cell that powered the Xperia Z3. But the smaller battery allowed Sony to cut the thickness of the phone to a svelte 6.9mm from 7.3mm.

Sony was able to move the USB port from the top to the bottom of the phone, and it no longer comes with a cap even though the handset has an IP 65/68 rating for dust and waterproofing. IP68 means that the phone can be submerged in water as deep as 3 meters (9.8 feet) without getting damaged.

We expect to see the Sony Xperia Z3+ released sometime later this summer. Pricing will be announced later, although it probably won't stray far from the launch price of the Xperia Z3. The thing to keep in mind with the Xperia Z3+ is that this is probably a sacrificial lamb thrown out to satisfy Sony's ardent fans. The real changes will take place with a brand new top-shelf model that will probably come out late this year. That handset will include the design and hardware changes that many have been looking for.

source: Engadget,



2. snake

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I can't wait for the real flagship that will be released later this year, i need it now :)

30. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

This is the flagship that will launch later this year.

3. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

i'll keep my xperia z den. Sony please make something to convince me to change to your new flagship!

54. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

News: -LTE Cat6 300/50 -Snapdragon 810 -5,1MP selfie -32GB -RAM LPDDR4 1600 MHz (25.6 GB/s) -BT 4.1 -LDAC -DSEE HXTM -waterproof micro USB -Chemical tempered glass + Anti-fingerprint coating

4. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Snapdragon 810, One more fail.

14. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Oh,come on people like you need to go to a cliff and jump. The phone isn't even sold yet. How do you know it'll fail?

17. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Actually, the Snapdragon 810 SoC is the failure, speed throttling and overheating and all those s**t. Unless Sony found a solution, but you'll never stop the speed throttling on Snapdragon 810.

48. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Not true and to be honest all Android flagship overheating and throttling in heavy use. This days I'm using g flex 2 with SD 810 and there's no overheating, yes it does worm a bit but even in intensive games g flex 2 perform better than any SD used it before including note 4 805 variant and note 4 edge even Exyonse 5433 plus it's better in graphics than S6 with Exyonse 7420.

59. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahahahahahahahhahahaha, you have no idea what you are on about, it's been under clocked, down to 1.5 for the big cores and it's not even close to the gpu In the 7420, you need to be looking at off screen tests and it kills the sd810 doa, as the s6 runs on 2k and no games run in it

75. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I have an idea what I'm talking about smart a..... Super Amoled it's not even real 1440P aka 2k display due to the suppixel (2 sharing pixel pentiles arrangment). know that Android run games at 1080P, but what I meant graphics rendering, texture and graphics details looks better on flex 2 than S6 plus frame per second better.

58. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It is when in this very thin phone, very bad move, it will be under clocked big time

5. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

No new design = no buy

31. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Muh design!

36. loyd112

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

this phone looks beautiful imo, i dont care if there are that many deign changes actually the only company that did change its deign was samsung and tbh they did by copying apple and sony with a twist, but after that galaxy s6 gave that change in deisgn everybody's like: sony and htc and lg should change their design or they dont they should put a couple new details and refinements but not dump away their hole deign, remember who changed his design every edition? nokia did.and look what happened to them

62. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Design? Do you know you can get tons of different cases for this phone? If you don't look at the price, this phone would be easily become the best compact phone.

6. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

This is still good for those who dig Sony's current design. I like it but will wait for the real change later this year.

32. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

This is the real change.

7. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I still prefer the z3 or z2 they are all the same with only minor changes.

8. Giavanibro unregistered

Z3+ has Quickcharge as well "Charge for 10 minutes, use for up to 5.5 hours*"

11. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Looks good, but skipping till Z4. Ain't getting a device with 810. Plus was expecting... 4GB of RAM from you Sony, not that I'm disappointed but I'll wait for Z4 for that. 3GB/same design/810 - IMO, just stick with what you got for now ain't worth the trouble to upgrade from Z2/Z3 just yet

23. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I don't think it will be called the Z4. I think it will be the Z5 and it will be launched globally. Totally agree on not upgrading from Z2/Z3 yet although there are some great deals on the Z3 in the UK at the moment for those who don't currently have an Xperia.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The power of marketing; if this was named Z4, everyone would complain that it is such a failure. But as a plus version of the Z3, it's alright. But sorry, this is just name and in the end the phone will have to compete anyway against the S6. I'm not so convinced with Sony's strategy. They seem to be catering more the Japanese market and their insatiable need for new products (hence the Z4 moniker there) than the global customer base. This Z3+ model is just confusing for the rest of the world. Anyway, for me it is in fact the Z4, because the body is actually completely different despite the same aesthetics.

13. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I'll pass. This isn't enough for me to upgrade from my Z, will wait for the Z4.

34. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

This is the Z4.

43. bendgate unregistered

I'm thinking of getting Z3 or Z3C instead.

46. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If you like the compact form factor the Z3C is totally worth it. I like that it retains the Magnetic Port for alternative charging, so you can still use the microUSB as USB OTG or MHL while charging faster with the port. The only con is the flap, but with the magnetic adapter it is almost not a problem... in fact with this new flapless design I worry that the USB may deteriorate overtime and water may damage it.

47. bendgate unregistered

Cool. Thanks for the info. I prefer larger screen but 4.6 isn't that bad. Plus better battery life which I prefer most.

44. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

this is z4 but for international market. Japanese market z4 not z3+

18. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so snapdragon 810, 5mp front camera, thinner and smaller batteries... no wonder the Sony fanboys has gone quiet.

38. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

snapdragon 810 + glass design = self cracking screen

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