Interface and Functionality

Sony’s Xperia interface continues to dazzle with its visuals, accompanied with a few notable useful features.

Typical to say the least, the Z3v is running the same familiar Xperia interface we’ve been exposed to of late with the company’s set of smartphones – albeit, it’s on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat in this case. Certainly, it emphasizes a lot with its visualizations, which is remarkable for its clean and minimalistic look. The experience, as a whole, is unchanged from what we’ve seen already with the Z3. Therefore, it features things like its Small Apps suite for an enhanced multi-tasking experience, a built-in screen recording function, and it’s one of the first phones to offer support for PS4 Remote Play.

That single feature absolutely elevates it over other smartphones, since PS4 console owners will be able to continue playing their console-level games through the Xperia Z3v. And to even sweeten the deal, the Z3v will be able to pair with the DUALSHOCK 4 controller for that rich console experience. By itself, the Xperia Z3v has all the elements to make it an enjoyable mobile gaming device, but this added feature no doubt cements its stature of being uncompromising.

Processor and Memory

Using the same chipset as the Z3, the Z3v flies swimmingly with all sorts of tasks.

So far, we can attest that the Z3v seems to have a lot more in common to the Z2, but it’s powered by the same piece of silicon used by the Z3 – a formidable quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with a beefy 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. Not surprising at it, the performance is undeniably tight and responsive, so it isn’t burdened by intensive tasks.

The box clearly mentions the Z3v having 32GB of internal storage, but that amount actually translates to a real-world figure of 21.79GB. Still, that’s not bad at all, considering that there’s a microSD card slot to supplement it.

Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 19711
Sony Xperia Z3 20756
Samsung Galaxy S5 25041
HTC One (M8) 19139
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 40498
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
HTC One (M8) 31075
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 1474
Sony Xperia Z3 1571
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
HTC One (M8) 1171
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 3102
Sony Xperia Z3 2938
Samsung Galaxy S5 3479
HTC One (M8) 3657
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 29.2
Sony Xperia Z3 29.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
HTC One (M8) 28.3
Sunspider Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 902.5
Sony Xperia Z3 863.7
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
HTC One (M8) 693.1
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 12.5
Sony Xperia Z3 12.5
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
HTC One (M8) 11
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 1092
Sony Xperia Z3 1099
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054
HTC One (M8) 1071
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 943
Sony Xperia Z3 974
Samsung Galaxy S5 944
HTC One (M8) 888
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 2615
Sony Xperia Z3 2660
Samsung Galaxy S5 2900
HTC One (M8) 2613

Internet and Connectivity

Once again, Chrome is the browser of choice for this Xperia smartphone. Taking into account that it carries along all the necessities for an excellent web browsing experience, like speedy 4G LTE connectivity, a sharp looking screen, and fluid navigational controls, it’s very tough to not like what it brings to the table.

Even though it’s meant to play nicely with Verizon’s CDMA network, the Z3v is a world phone because its radio supports the vast collection of GSM networks worldwide. Additionally, it’s outfitted with all of the essential set of connectivity features to make it a contemporary thing – such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

165 score on SunSpider seems really sketchy.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is by far the BIGGEST disappointment of 2014. This SHOULD have been the true Sony Xperia Z3 not this busted Z3v in Z2 body. Verizon & Sony should BOTH be ashamed at themselves for bringing this atrocity to the US. Anyone that has a T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 please make fun of whoever buys this bull$hit device called the Sony Xperia Z3v. Way to drop the ball Verizon & Sony... I hope you guys NEVER pull this $hit again! Do you guys really think we are all stupid! Gezz! This is probably the most negative post I have ever posted on I just don't understand how anyone high up on Verizon's or Sony's ladder thought that this would be a good idea?

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Imo it's a bigger disappointment than the Z3 was. Leave it to Sony to screw up once again.

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have a feeling Verizon has more to do with this than Sony does. Why make this phone look like the Z2 & call it the Z3v? I am sure Sony would want to have the newer Z3 design representing the Z3v, not the Z2 design. I don't know, this is super fishy & it smells SUPER rotten! I think Verizon dropped the ball. They were going to release the Z2 but opted not to because the Z3 was right around the corner. So they came up with this bull$hit solution to call it the Z3v...

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Japan gets the best shi*, US gets the worst shi*, Europe gets shi*.

5. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

At least everyone gets SHI*..

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well, in Africa most don't even get shi*, which is too bad.

29. SiyabongaMoss

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Ehem no sir , I'm in SA ,we'll be getting the regular (intl) Z3 , the Note 4 is already here, our carriers dont add ish to our fact my last 2 phones(note 2 and S4) were the 32gb variants

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well yeah but if you think of the whole Africa not just South Arica which is probably one of the richest African country, maybe less than 20 percent can afford a smartphone

31. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

That's an ignorant statement. I'm a Nigerian, and as far as phones are concerned, we get some of the best s**t as well. Unlocked, with no nonsense bloatware, and relatively cheaper to buy here than say the United Kingdom due to significantly lower prices, there's no popular brand phone you can't get here, be it Samsung, Sony, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia etc. Sony just launched the Z3 here, and the Z3 dual. We even get the Exynos Note 4.

35. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But as I said, most of the population can't afford them.

41. mqmorasch

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

just give up, you are digging yourself into a deeper hole.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile gets the TRUE Z3, so your comment really isn't that valid.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But it will probably have a T-Mobile logo on it lol. Not a big deal though. But still a tiny tiny super tiny minus :)

37. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1, ha ha ha!

3. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I hate verizon logo

19. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

It makes anybody to not want the phone because it just ruins the design

28. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Does anyone remember the abomination that was the logo on Verizon's Note 2? Printed into the Home button, yuck.

8. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Both Z2 and Z3 are better than this, the Z3v apperance is simply ruined by Verizon

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's a Z3 in a Z2 body, so I fail to see how it's worse other than the giant poster board ad placed by Verizon with their logo.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes except it doesn't have the Z3 screen though. It has the worse Z2 screen. Not as bright as the true Z3.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This screen is even dimmer than the Z2.

22. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

and it is also a bit bigger than both the Z3 and Z2...

14. vintage

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

The Verizon logo at the top needs to go. Does anyone know why Verizon cant get the actual z3 it would be dumb to buy this one

16. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i feel sorry for americans, having the stupid company logo stuck on their phones for everyone to see. Makes the phone look ugly.

27. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Actually its only a verizon thing .. Att phones usually have a very small logo that u cant even see it . My att lg g3 has the att logo in the back and its so SMALL that im serious u cant EVEN see it and good thing its on the back the front of the phone is clean it only has thE LG logo in the bttm dont feel bad for all americans u should feel bad for the people that have verizon.. Cuz us americans that have other carriers dont have to put up with stupid company logos all over our phones..

17. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

stupid move from sony or verizon. sony deserves financial failure for allowing something this stupid.

18. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I don't care what the rationale is, labeling this Z3anything is bogus. When they announced this (and before I realized it was repackaged s**te), I immediately decided I was getting it . And then the hands-on vids came out, and I felt a great big "F' verizon" well up inside me. They have the Moto X, and the Turbo is coming out, and they mix in this weak, recycled crap? In what world does that make sense? I guess they are banking on the non-geeks who don't do any research before they buy who won't know that this really isn't the current version. This really is one of the shadier moves I have seen in awhile.

20. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Worse than the Z2 and the Z3 imho.

21. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

this deserves a lower score
Xperia Z3v
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h talk time)

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