Sony reveals features of the Xperia Z3 that you might not know about

Sony reveals features of the Xperia Z3 that you might not know about
Sony published an article in its blog, detailing some new features of the Xperia Z3 series (Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact), which the manufacturer missed to flaunt during its IFA 2014 presentation. The Sony Mobile Blog claims that the features are 9; however, the first one in the list is something Sony has had for a while on its devices – NFC. We assume it's there just so the article can have a “3 + 3 + 3” in its title (Get it? Because it's for the Xperia Z3), and to poke fun at Apple's iPhone 6, of course.

Anyway, here's what Sony says you don't (but should) know about its new flagship:

  • NFC – Sony's had this feature on its flagships ever since the Xperia S, back in 2012. However, as we previously mentioned, it does not hesitate to say “We were NFC before it was cool"
  • Optimized for Sony headphones – Sony claims that Z3 series devices have pre-set adjustments to accomodate different models of Sony headphones and provide "the best possible [audio] quality". This remains to be seen (ok, heard) and, needless to say, we can't wait to put it to the test
  • Pause while recording – Z3 devices will now allow the user to pause, while capturing video. This means that instead of hitting stop and record, when avoiding boring moments, which means ending up with a bunch of different clips from the same event, you can now record separate clips in one video file.
  • Easily customizable quick settings – you can customize the drop-down quick settings menu quickly and easily, says Sony. Drop the menu, press edit and a row of shortcuts to different settings appears at the bottom of the screen. Drag and drop any shortcut you wish into the drop-down menu and it's now there
  • Ultra Stamina Mode – we are familiar with Sony's Stamina Mode from before – a battery-saver, which turns off certain functions of the phone, while it's in standby. Well, the new Ultra Stamina Mode takes things even further and limits the phone's functionality to only basic functions. Supposedly, this gives it a week of standby, off of a full charge
  • Smart Screen Rotation – this one sounds interesting. Sony says that its new devices will be able to detect how they are being held, thus preventing unwanted screen rotations. It should be helpful, for example, in times when one is looking at their phone, whilst lying in bed
  • Contextual behaviour – Sony says that you will be able to silence a ringing Z3 phone by turning it over, or pick it up by bringing it up to your ear. Furthermore, if you are reading something, the phone will detect that it's being held and will not turn the display off. Letting it go will allow the device to sleep
  • Bluetooth Unlock – you can set up your locked Xperia Z3 device to unlock automatically, when a certain Sony Bluetooth device is close. It could either be a Sony SmartBand, a Sony SmartWatch, or any other of the company's Bluetooth peripherals – like a headset.

Also, check out the videos below, for some marketing materials that shine a light on few of the aforementioned functions.

We named the Xperia Z3 Compact Best Phone of IFA 2014, simply because we believe it's a great all-rounder that can easily fit in anyone's pocket. What do you think of Sony's Z3 series?



1. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Ok fine

35. Nokia99

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

About NFC . Nokia had NFC on its Symbian belle devices in 2011 so make sure to get your facts right before you give credits to other people

40. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

I know right, why angry? just chill fanboy i didnt mean anything by saying ok fine.

41. Nokia99

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

hahahhahaha I didn't mean to reply to your comment ,I did so that my comment can be seen on top . lmao I think that I was angry when I wrote my comment

2. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

The best all-around device ever.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You mean Compact right? Well, I totally agree, best phone on market.

20. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I think both of them Z3 and Z3C is the most all around devices so far.

25. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

still no sign of infra red transmitter though

36. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I don't understand why it is needed? I rather use my logytch or official remote controls

39. sachouba

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

As all of these features have existed since the Galaxy S4, I don't find it revolutionary...

3. trung_ero

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I really hope that z1 can get those new features like z3

4. emcdonald75

Posts: 167; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

When is the Z3 being released in the U.S.?

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Late Oct/early Nov on T-Mobile. :)

31. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

End of the month/1st week of October according to Sony.

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

My only gripe with the Z3 is that it won't come to Verizon.

6. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

If according to MF from pocketnow the Z2 with MDR-NC31EM headset is even better than the M8 Harman & Kardon edition. I want to know how good is Sony's DSEE HX upscaling technology in the Z3.

8. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I have Z2 with noise cancelling MDR-NC31EM headset. I tell you, that noise cancelling headset is one hell of an awesome sh*t. Not even 250$ beats headphone can beat it in terms of quality Oh regarding Sony's DSEE HX.. That feature has been on WALKMAN for quite a while and it works as advertised.

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

If DSEE HX really works as advertised i think it is very remarkable. Being able to upscale low-res songs like MP3 and ACC files to near High-Resolution sound quality, is even better than High Res audio support. Because most people don't even know what high res audio is.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Omg those headphones are AMAZING. I have them with my Z2. It's so amazing I have 30 min bus ride to school every day and then an other 30 min back of course. And it's so loud. But then I turn the noise cancellation on and all I hear is music! And amazing guality music! Ok it won't shut every single sound coming from outside, but it gets rid of all the deep annoying sounds that would mix up the music. Noise cancellation is so amazing and useful in everyday life. And the fact that you can get that good headphones for only 50 euros is fantastic!

17. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

It will cancel low & medium frequency sounds but it'll have difficulty in cancelling really high frequency sounds. Oh I ride bus to campus too.. And I live in Indonesia. Buses there have terribly noisy diesel engines plus there are always bus singers looking for money and the digital noise cancelling does really awesome job. Oh it works well on a noisy streets too, sounds of vehicle passing through is pretty much unheard :)

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I agree MDR-NC31EM headset is really fantastic, it's small you don't need to charge the headset to be able to use it. But i hope they can make a new version for the Z3 with high res audio support and inline remote for calling and skip between tracks. So i can enjoy all the audio features in Z3 with one single headset.

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah it would be cool if they made a relatively cheap (maybe max around 100 euros) noise cancelling high-res audio headphones.

9. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Awesome, Sony should rule the world!

11. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014


12. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Please give me a GPe version of the Compact, PLEASE!!

13. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Z3 comact is monster device but i hope sony will get rid of there sh"tty six month production cycle

24. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Why? this way you can always get the closest to best tech, and older device will receive a faster price drop... and it does not matter if the next device is soon, my old device will still feel like a flagship...

37. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Here in holland the prices don't drop as soon as they used to even slower than samsung since the z. A used z costs as much as a used s4 and a used z1 costs as much as a used 5s 16gb. But new the z costs 25-50 euro less than a new s4. And z1 is still pretty expensive. The z ultra is the only one that dropped its price pretty fast.

38. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The "compact" gets updated once a year. Samsung does the same but i think a for the people a bit better as the call the faster/better version by the same name.

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Little too drastic to turn off mobile data and wifi in Ultra Stamina mode :/ Otherwise the Z3 might reach the uncharted 10 hour on screen time mark :D

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