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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.

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