The Sony Xperia Z3+ comes with a display protector out of the box

The Sony Xperia Z3+ comes with a display protector out of the box
A recent discovery shows that the Sony Xperia Z3+ is shipping with a pre-applied screen protector

This is not entirely new behaviour from Sony, as the manufacturer has a long history of shipping flagship devices with pre-applied anti-shatter films. After ditching the practice last year with the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony now seems to be back to its old habits.

Unfortunately, it looks like the screen protector that the Xperia Z3+ comes with out of the box is not the best solution for protecting the screen of the device, as some recent tests reveal that the screen protector does not come with oleophobic coating. The lack of such a coating means that the protection film is a bit of a smudge magnet. Furthermore, reports also show that the screen protector's fit isn't optimal either.

On the bright side, the pre-applied screen protection can be easily removed and replaced with a solution of the user's choosing, which is an improvement over the anti-shatter protection that Sony previously employed on its smartphones, which was very hard to remove. In the user manual. Sony recommends that users keep the screen protection on, but at least the customer can decide to replace it with a better screen protection from a third-party manufacturer.

Although a series of reports show that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip inside the Sony Xperia Z3+ is leading to overheating problems, the latest global flagship smartphone from Sony is now being rolled out in multiple markets across the world


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32 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why not a gorilla glass screen protector? Or a cheap $5 tempered glass screen protector?

3. waddup121 unregistered

PA just realised this LOL

7. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

The back is Gorilla Glass 4 and the front is Dragontrail.

22. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

The screen protector is used on the back side of the phone. So it will reduce the overheating. LOL

2. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

There is nothing but bad news and publicity surrounding the Z3+. Initially it was the lack of new notable features, then the overheating, then the annoying screen protector. Despite the fact that GSM Arena test was very positive overall. I hope that the next flagship will be better. I'm stuck with Sony because I cannot go back to any smartphone without digital noise cancellation which remains a Sony exclusive exclusive. But if the next flagship is equally bad, I'll have to find a better successor to my Z2.

5. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Your probably that 0.1 of the population that finds the digital noise cancellation important. Not many people even notice it or know its their including myself, thats why even professional reviewers don't talk much about it.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm not sure if I'm talking about the same thing... but I believe digital noise cancellation goes beyond just "not hearing noise"... Is it the same thing, when I wake Siri in a noisy environment or while listening to talk show radio or music, she can still distinguish between me talking and background noise? -- isn't that also "digital noise cancellation" except it's for the microphone to hear and not your ears? Or is that completely different? Back to topic - I think what Sony is doing with screen protectors is a genus idea. I dont ever put on on my phones (or cases for that matter), but I'd probably keep it on if it came with it. P.S. For those wondering: Yes, my phone looks beaten up. Mind you, I'm a construction contractor - I cant count the amount of times I dropped that thing on hard surfaces, mud, water, dust - I'm surprised my screen hasn't shuttered once in two years. I'm just too lazy to put a screen protector on - if Apple pre-installed it like Sony, would be great...

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Digital noise cancelling is when a microphone picks up noise in the background through a microphone and applies an opposite sound wave into the music you hear, so the noise in the background gets cancelled. This is different to noise reduction where you can use foam, pads, silicon to block noise, similar to sticking your fingers into your ears.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Get a Sonim XP7. 3 year warranty including damage and water. 3 time the battery life of any iphone and at least 2 time of most other smartphone. It get the job done as well as its not a slow handset and use a clean version of android ( almost stock )

8. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Which doesn't make sense statistically. Daily in the metro you see people using their phones for listening to music and trying to discern something of their music through the racket of the train. It's one of the most important daily functions of a smartphone even measuring it statistically. I take pictures with my phone 3 times a month, but I listen to my music every day. Not everyone of course has the same usage habits as me, but still using a smartphone with headphones is a big, big part of using a smartphone.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Tell that to the thousands of Bose headphone buyers who gimp themselves with bad audio quality just for a good noise cancelling functions. Noise cancellation has a market, people just don't know the Xperia phones have it.

18. T-rex unregistered

Nopes! I also find digital noise cancellation very important, in fact music on a phone is as important to me as camera and display and battery

10. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

digital noise cancellation is absolute must for train and plane commuters, even great for air con noise, shame sony didn't advertise this aspect as this is a unique selling point and very useful also allow you to use modest volume, yet, undisturbed playback of mp3/flac, video games and movies thought noisy people who chat next to you is not effective with this function, more like repeated low monotonous background noise which is deleted I have this digital noise cancellation on my excellent sounding Walkman (2008) nwz-1050, thus, have being using this feature for 7 years

13. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Yes, good that you mentioned. The most important thing about noise cancellation is that you can keep volume levels in non ear splitting levels in order to comprehend your music, which we know by now it's extremely important for health safety reasons.

20. tuanjinn

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Am I the only one here who doesn't really listen to music on the phone? Like my battery is not lame enough for regular 4G usages. I always uses ipod. But I must say noise cancellation is a pretty unique selling point for Sony, I love it, a lot of time Im driving and have to call internationally. This helps a lot.

4. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I don't understand what's the problem here? Its a free screen protector. Don't like it remove it.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I've met so many people that keep that film on their phones waiting for their screen protector to come in for delivery. The difference here compared to other brands is that it isn't plastered with giant logos like SAMSUNG AMOLED, so at least you can use it whilst you wait.

14. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

i dont mind that, only thing stopping me from buying this phone is that overheating prossesor, if they fix that im in.

16. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Fix? All the phones with the 810 are overheating.

19. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

21. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

The screen protector is used on the back side of the phone. So it will reduce the overheating. LOL

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Not single SD 810 device came back to my store and i sold a lots. So overheating... nope just propaganda.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I can't believe how can an article about screen protectors lead to the notorious SD810 heating problems. Is it required to mention that fiasco in every article in which a phone is powered by SD810?

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yes because they got paid to do it. There is no overheating issue at all. Not a single device came back to my store with this issue ( on SD 810 ) i did had some Samsung edge with overheating problem on the other hand.

17. T-rex unregistered

And must u mention the overheating problem in each and every single one of ur articles, however much irrelevant might that b to the topic at hand which is something about display protector. Stop harping in the same string PA and move on

23. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Pa has something against sony that's for sure. Bad news gets allot of articles while with samsung or apple they just get allot of articles explaining all the other great things and trying to defend it even. Sd810 has allot of problems sony has improved it big time with the latest update but you don't hear a thing about that. Only negative news so people won't buy a Sony device. With the bendgate people where having real problems but they even said that it got to crazy (don't remember their actual words) Pa should stop their hate campaign and just report news and make good honest reviews

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thing is there is no real overheating issue. i repeat we never received any SD810 device with overheating... This is a joke.

30. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

? Lol?

24. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I had the old Sony Xperia S and the manual suggests that the pre-applied protector must be removed before applying the provided screen protector in the box. But I think that is not the case in some Sony phones where the logo was embedded on the anti-shatter film.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sony included a built-in screen protector on all Z1 , Z2 and Z3... This is so new!!!

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