Sony shows us that the Xperia Z3 still offers a feature that most high-end smartphones don't have

Sony shows us that the Xperia Z3 still offers a feature that most high-end smartphones don't have
While Sony already announced an Xperia Z4, its global flagship is still the Xperia Z3 from last year. That's because the Z4 (officially unveiled in Japan earlier this month) will not be released outside of Sony's home country.

Of course, Sony will eventually introduce a new global flagship (possibly in May), but, until then, the Xperia Z3 remains the company's most advanced handset that international customers can buy. That's why Sony today released a promo video showcasing a Z3 feature that none of this year's rival flagship smartphones has.

As you'll see in the video, Sony says that the Xperia Z3 "can capture beauty as it happens, in any weather." Needless to say, Sony is touting the water-resistant (IP68-certified) capability of the handset. Is that enough for people to choose the Z3 over a newer high-end smartphone? It's hard to tell, but Sony certainly hopes that the answer is yes.

We don't know if the next-gen global flagship from Sony will resemble the Z4, but we're pretty sure that it, too, will be water-resistant. We'll let you know more about Sony's plans regarding its upcoming flagship as soon as we have new details.



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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)

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68 Comments

1. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

sony, please learn to learn. look at what happened when you introduced something new in xperia z. it was still a bad product but since it offered something new, people got excited. please look for something new to offer. you could try night vision. i think the technology already exists. there's a thin module developed in the US that can be used to take night vision images. you could also try introducing a phone with a multitude of customizable buttons for quick control without having to activate the screen (like taking a sound recording, snapping a photo, turning the FM radio or music player on, using the phone as a remote control) since the internet of things is already upon is, we can make an xperia the centerpiece of the IoT tech by making it a highly usable remote control with physical buttons whose functions can be customized by the user.

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Advertisement is Sony problem. They have great flagship device's Z3 and Z3c is two of the best. Considering the price difference from flagship today and considering the functionality and durability that these phones have practical consumer would choose these 2.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh their ads are great, including the one in this article.

46. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Actually they should focus on creating HYPE. The best marketing strategy followed by most of the companies.

58. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I have Z3 Daul but I prefer note 4 and Z3 is very hot...

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yeah... Z3 is good, Z2 was great... so what's the point. People are waiting for an upgrade not some repetitive minor changes.

66. Z3R091 unregistered

Yeah even if Z3 is good, not many people are hype for minor changes Z4. Poor Sony. Make a Spidey movie fast please.

37. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You people bitch and moan (even though you aren't even interested in buying a Z3), because Sony releases flagships every 6 months. Now there is no flagship replacing Z3 in the 6 months but you now demand something new. You can't have it both ways.

47. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

They are lacking to be the best. Their 20.7 mp camera is great but not the best. Their design is great but not the best. Their display is great but not the best. Their performance is great but not the best. Etc Etc Etc. Although i am a satisfied owner of a z2. But their z3, z4 neither one convinced me to upgrade

51. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Huuh?

3. BobLawblaw unregistered

I love my z3. It does everything I want in a phone. Great screen, waterproof, brilliant battery life, great speakers, great camera in manual mode. I think this will be my phone for many years to come as the current crop of smartphones aren't that much of a step up. And before people get started on their iPhone are better or their Samsung are better, I don't care about other phones. My z3 is perfect In my opinion..

5. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Well i would go with galaxy s5 instead of z3.. s5 got water resistant , removable battery , bright amoled screen , better camera and i dont need front facing speaker.. please WOW us with your international z4 or better keep losing money..

6. BobLawblaw unregistered

I had the s5 before I got the z3. I sold it after a few weeks. I hated it. Its a great phone probably but I just didn't like it.

8. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Well maybe you just didnt like the s5 because it's a plastic phone with removable back and it feels kinda cheap.. i must admit that the z3 totally feel way more premium than the s5.. but for anything else except looks and feel i would go for the s5.. just my preference..

13. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Yes... I was thinking to buy S5 because my friends bought it and looked so cool that day. Since I realise how cheap looking it is now.. I think I will buy Z3 instead

7. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

man, i hate that having front facing speakers isn't a standard. they are so awesome and it sucks that they have to be part of any compromise.

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Front facing speakers are a compromise, not the other way around. The last thing most of us want is a taller phone and a lint and dust trap when most people use headphones.

24. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

No bad intention but, have you actually owned a modern smartphone with front facing stereo speakers?

27. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I love audio, but stereo speaker phone is not needed when it compromise dimension and design IMO. I use IEM most of time or just my speaker sometimes. Yeah I listen to HTC's phone speaker it's awesome.. I still prefer my IEM.

28. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

First, I respect your opinion. But nobody said that smartphone speakers can ever surpass IEMs. The idea is IEMs are not always there, there are times that it is a big hassle to get them and put them on (yeah I'm lazy lol) And the Z series actually have decent top/bottom bezels for something that has stereo speakers.

30. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Yeah that's just my opinion, I'm more of IEM guy for that I know people who can't stand IEM. Bezels are miles better than HTC's true but my point is it can have slimmer bezel without stereo speaker. My suggestions for slimmer bezel are for Z5 but maybe people prefer stereo speaker with big bezel or maybe they just love sony.

38. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

If you don't see the use of front facing speakers, then clearly you've never used a phone as a phone, except as a toy. Try business hands free conferencing, and then you'll see why front facing speakers is so important.

57. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I don't get your point, do all people use phone for business conferencing? and why must it should front facing speaker (what I complain is stereo speaker though).. side firing speaker are okay, again I don't use phone speaker much nor do I use it for business conferencing.

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes, I have owned 3 and I won't miss them at all.

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Make that 4, I almost forgot about the Z3 compact. My Nexus 10 tablet has front facing speakers too.

35. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Better camera?lol

43. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well that is your opinion but the fact is that water resistance from Sony is better, it has a magnetic port as a charging alternative that means you don't need to use the flaps and they will last longer... The camera is actually better on the Sony... I haven't been able to test my Z3c against a Note 4, but I HAVE tested against many S5 and my phone simply take better shots, specially in low light. The high sensitivity ISO mode has no comparison even from newer devices (idk about the LGG4 though). The front facing speakers are actually a great feature and you say you don't need it now but if Samsung implement it you will not want to go back. Battery life is unmatched, and don't tell me about charging times because my Z3c is quite fast when you use a 1.5 or above mAh charger. The only thing I give you is the screen. While the one on recent Xperias are quite good, Amoled from Samsung tend to be better.

59. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Lol... So funnny... What? Z3 take better than note 4? don't tell bulls**ts!

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol Sony really? Evolve your tired UI, fix the lag and performance issues, and actually release updates on time. Oh and actually release your devices where people can buy them.

25. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

UI - subjective, many people actually like their lollipop UI design wise. Feature wise though, it's nothing special. Lag - didn't see any lag or performance issue with my previous phone (Xperia Z2) Updates - yeah, they're slow a that lol. I also agree on your last statement.

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