Sony Xperia Z3: the more notable new features

Sony Xperia Z3: the more notable new features
The Sony Xperia Z3 might be just a slight upgrade over its predecessor, but when you think of it, Sony's newly-unveiled flagship addresses several key aspects that amp up the game of the Xperia flagship line even more. Well, not as much as we'd like it to be, but we have to give Sony some credit for keeping its flagships moderately up-to-date and always with a new feature or two.

As the improvements the new Xperia Z3 flaunts over the Xperia Z2 are somewhat hard to spot at first sight, we decided to detail them in handy list. Starting from the improvements to the camera and moving on to the slightly better SoC, the Xperia Z3 will probably appeal to those who have eyed Sony's most advanced lineup with awe, but were reluctant to jump on the bandwagon with either the Xperia Z2 or the Xperia Z1. Not that the Z3 is such a significant upgrade compared to its predecessor, it's just a more polished and refined device as a whole. 

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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. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Misleading title. It should be "top 5 new features". Because there is more than these.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yay changed the title :) I feel important now lol.

10. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Never underestimate yourself, ArtSim98. By the way, what do you think of the Xperia Z3?

12. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I know you asked Art... but I would like to participate... The Z3 in my opinion is not a bad upgrade, but they should have push a little more (like some of the 6 suggestions made on the other article)... but what seems to be the pinacle of Sony today, is the Z3 Compact... and nobody has reported this already, but this phone just became the best screen-to-size ratio for a waterproof phone today... with around 71% (according to my calcs, please check PA)... This year's end will have a new bigger iPhone that have little competition for its audience... but among the competing devices the Z3C stands very high

19. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

for me the z3 upgrade is okay,they dont need to push much so that z4 on january can have all the latest upgrades,its there 6month cycle flagships,so we better compare every other sony flagships like Z compare to Z2 and Z1 compare to Z3,then we can see they real thing there,

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I think it's an ok phone. Not a big wow though. Like pretty much every phone this fall. No new big processors, no new big innovations. I like the Z3 Compact though. Especially the mint colour.

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

PA's servers getting overloaded due to the Note 4 and Z3 announcement practically at the same time. What's gonna happen when the iPhone 6 and iPhablet launch?

3. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

z2 refresh !!!

14. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Exactly! Bye Sony, I'm going Note again!

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

12500 ISO :-o Dang it

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

ISO 12800 isn't even usable on modern-day APSC sensor DSLRs! My full frame NikonD6100 produces unsatisfactory results at this ISO level (albeit very passable)..........and that's a ginormous FULL FRAME sensor! Who are they trying to fool here????? SONY is a joke. This gimmick is a fcking joke

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I love you. I love your whole family I want to kiss you all.

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Wut The ??!

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I know. +1

20. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

+2 . . .

22. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have the QX100 and the ISO 12800 is pretty amazing for incredible night shots... It allows me to take pictures of things that wouldn't be possible otherwise or at least it would be very hard... I manage to take a picture of Orion Constellation on the clear sky, but inside my city (bright lights) so to the naked eye only allow you to barely see Orion, but the picture came out showing hundreds of stars nearby. No gimmick at all, and professional photographers will find good use to it.

6. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

useless high ISO when used for the full resolution. however, if that high ISO image is oversampled to 8MP or 5MP, it becomes a great shot.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Any word on improved headphone audio output?

16. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I think that they could have announced a phoblet instead of it. Maybe a Z2 Ultra and a Z2 Compact. It would be fine.

17. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

iso 12,800 of course is not usable but i'd like to see the results. maybe the 3,200 and 6.400 iso images now will be less noisy. however with ois (and half the iso is more than enough) and proper software it could easily be as good as a 1020. wish it had a bigger aperture too (there are a few f/1.8 smartphone cameras). still very curious to see the images it can capture.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Number 4 is hilarious. This thing is still a giant bezel monster and an instant deal breaker. I was hoping at least one of the Note 4 and Z3 would pull a Sharp Aquous Crystal and go completely bezel less with something higher than 720p.

21. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Best 4.5-4.8inch phone for now is Z3c in my opinion,even iphone6 will come,z3c is still a good choice :)

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