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Sony Xperia Z3 Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera and Verdict

Sony Xperia Z3 is a latest flagship from Sony which comes as great upgrade over Xperia Z2 which we have seen earlier. Sony Xperia Z3 is not just an upgrade over Z2 in terms of specs or hardware but there are some good changes in design elements, build quality and software interface as well.


Sony Xperia Z3 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Sony Xperia Z3 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5.2 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • RAM: 3 Gb
  • Software Version: Android 4.4.4 (Kit Kat) OS
  • Camera: 20.7 MP AF camera.
  • Secondary Camera: 2.1 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB with 11.5 Gb user available
  • External Storage: Expandable up to 128GB
  • Battery: 3100 mAh battery Lithium Ion
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – No, LED Indicator – Yes
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass

Box Contents

Inside the box you get a handset, battery, MicroUSB to USB cable, USB Charger ( output current 1 AMP), In ear headphones, user manuals and warranty card etc.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Xperia Z3 is a great in terms of build quality and form factor, for the first time xperia high end series phone felt that good and confortable to hold in one hand. There are few design element changes on new Z3 which makes it look great. It weighs around 152 grams which makes it fairly light in terms of weight and it has 7.3 mm thickness which is pretty slim being a flagship smartphone.


Camera Performance

The rear 20.7 MP gives you great photos in day light and low performance is pretty good as well. Front and Rear camera both can do 1080p videos at 30 fps and front 2.2 MP fixed focus camera has face detection and take decent self shots as well.

Camera Samples


Xperia Z3 Camera Video Sample

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has got 5.2 Inch IPS display which has good viewing angles and color reproduction of the display is pretty good as well. Sunlight visibility is not great but you can see it in day light most of the times. In built memory is 16 GB out of which user available is around 11.5 Gb but apps cannot be moved from internal storage to SD card. It has 3100 mAh battery which does give you around more than one day of backup with basic or moderate usage. If you watch videos and play games for longer than 30 minutes than you can still get one day of backup on this device.  On continuous usage you can get around 5-6 hours of backup if you are watching a video or playing a game.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

User Interface is the most smoother experience, even when it runs custom Xperia UI on top of android. Another good thing about android one phone is that you get latest version of android which is android 4.4.4 Kit Kat and sony has also promised future android L update on this phone. Gaming performance of the phone is the best on this phone as it can play any HD game, we played MC5, Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 as well on this phone and all these games played fine without any issues.

Benchmark Scores

  • Antutu Benchmark: 39414
  • Nenamark2: 59.2 fps
  • Multi Touch:  10 point

Sony Xperia Z3 Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

In terms of loudness the loudspeakers are loudest we have heard so far and the loudspeaker on the device are on the front which makes the loudspeaker not getting blocked at times. You can play HD video at 720p and 1080p as well. GPS navigations works on this phone, you also have magnetic field sensor which is required for precise GPS navigation. It can lock GPS coordinates in outdoors and indoors depending on signal strength it might take few more minutes.

Sony Xperia Z3 Photo Gallery


What We Liked

  • Good Design Changes
  • New Camera Options
  • Loud Loudspeakers

What We Did Not Liked

  • Costly Phone

Conclusion and Price

Sony Xperia Z3 has been launched with a price tag of 51,990 INR which makes it pretty costly phone, but its best phone from sony with some great new features, new design changes and better sound quality. In case you are considering a premium smartphone, you can choose this phone over other flagship in the market.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.