Xperia Z3: all there is to know about Sony's new flagship

We want to say that we've been waiting for the Xperia Z3 for a while, but the truth is that 6 months came and went real quick. Some would say that Sony's new strategy of releasing a flagship refresh twice a year isn't a very good idea, but the fact is that is Sony is sticking to the plan, and the Z3 is now a reality.

But you shouldn't construe the above as direct criticism (or criticism at all) towards the new Sony flagship. It's a very great device in its own right -- it's just that such a short time frame limits the number of improvements the company can introduce with it. So, sure, while from the point of view of an Xperia Z2 owner the Z3 is no biggie, that's not necessarily the case for people who are just entering the upstream market, looking for a worthy outlet for their hard-earned cash.

So, does the Z3 fit the bill? We've aggregated all our related coverage so that all you need to find the answer to that question is a click or two away.

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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. raf37

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

How to get a devopler edition phone and is it free

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I think what Sony is aiming here is again the recognition that they're are not out of the game. Sure 6 months is short but for other flagship that appear once a year do they really have the so called UPGRADE factor? Just like ifruit every time they introduce their new iPhone they're boasting that their tech is new whereas we all know that most of them are all in android.

2. CaptainManlyMan

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

It's a good way to get new buyers, but I'm a little hesitant on the 6-month cycle.

6. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Exactly! Now my Z2 seems to be outdated. Anyway, I'm going Note as soon as it gets released.

7. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

when you buy a new phone, it'll get out dated by other company. same principle just different situation, z2 maybe 6month old, but it still as powerful as other devices. just be happy with it and keep it for 2 years. or 3 as long you're satisfied with it, and upgrade when your phone is about to die. you can't get all the latest tech. not unless you're a billionaire, but that will be absurd too, it will make you have tons of phones just to be updated with latest tech.

10. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

I still get compliments all the time on mine dude. It's still a great phone. I actually like the speaker positioning better on the Z2, but that aluminum frame on the Z3 looks dope. Can't wait for the Z4, that'll be my upgrade.

15. paul4hp

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Why? Do you have something wrong with you that you always HAVE to have the latest and greatest?

3. heyhoa

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Nice phone but too expensive for the spec..

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, but same with all flagships (compared to the Nexus or OPO or Xiaomi or other Chinese phones)

9. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

You kidding me. Waterproofing, high quality audio, premium build up and brand name

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Sony's six months cycle is sickening, it's a nice phone though. Waiting for Moto X+1 8)

11. mertcan1k2

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

i really don't like that 6-month-cycle-thing. :/ I have made my mind recently, i'm gonna buy Z1. Its price is okay in my country, Turkey. And specs is enough for me. Who 'really' cares whether it has Snapdragon 800 or 801. REALLY, tell me. As long as it gets Android L update, i'm okay with that. Sony just updates his processor and getting higher RAM. All phones today are like that.Getting bigger screens, MOAR mega-pixel cameras...

12. lawsofeffect

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Sony and I aren't talking anymore. Its not like I wasn't listening, its just that I couldn't hear. It was little things, we often just didn't connect. We seemed to be, always in a power struggle, you know : )

13. dipender0141

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Interested in this phone. Would anyone know if the sound quality for playing music on loudspeaker is better than the other Sony z's please?

17. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I have compared all the speaker side by side: Z1 is better than Z Z2 is better than Z1 Z3 is better than Z2 Z3 is as loud as HTC M8 the speaker king.

14. lawsofeffect

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Sony's strategy in marketing a new flagship device every 6 months, leaves little time for innovation (my opinion), there seems to be a lot of lateral movement. My observation is that issues with sound quality, through the waterproof barrier, have not improved, so unless you are the habit of using a Bluetooth device or a headset, this probably not the phone for you. My issue with Sony has also been battery, as a heavy user I had to accept carrying a charger with me constantly (not a problem as I am always in and out of the car) I did enjoy their magnetic, side charger. But working with a phone that is constantly hardwired is a little limiting, not such a mobile device. I also found there were issues around the opening and sharing images, more in my email accounts, part of my work. Rating my overall Sony experience, it now rests on my night table.

16. gundamexia450

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

I'm so happy, but at the same time, so conflicted. I can't decide which phone I should get: xperia z3 or z3 compact.

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