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    Sony Xperia XZ3

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    Release Date
    5-Aug-18
    Market Status
    Not Released in India
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    Specs at a Glance
    Battery Capacity
    3330 mAh
    Battery Capacity
    Operating System
    Android v9.0 (Pie)
    Operating System
    Screen Size
    6.0 inches
    Screen Size
    Variants Available
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    General
    Announced On5-Aug-18
    Market StatusNot Released in India
    BrandSony
    Price StatusExpected
    PriceRs. 75,990
    Design
    Water ResistanceYes, Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP65, IP68
    Weight193 grams
    ColorsBlack, White Silver, Forest Green, Bordeaux Red
    BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5) aluminum frame
    Dimensions153 x 73 x 9.9 mm
    Display
    Screen Size6.0 inches
    Screen TypeOLED
    Screen Resolution1440 x 2880 pixels
    Pixel Density537 ppi
    Aspect Ratio18:09
    Screen ProtectionGorilla Glass 5
    Screen to Body Ratio83.18%
    Screen DesignBezel-less
    Screen Quality2K
    Performance
    GPUAdreno 630
    Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
    ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 845
    CPUOcta core (2.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385)
    Clock Speed2.8 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Memory & Storage
    Phone Variants4GB 64GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 512 GB
    Front Camera
    Front Video Recording1080p30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS)
    Front Camera FeaturesHDR
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 13MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution13 MP
    Front Camera 1 TypePrimary Camera
    Front SensorExmor RS
    Battery
    Battery Capacity3330 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-ion
    Charger TypeQuick, v3.0
    USB Type-CYes
    Fast ChargingYes
    Wireless ChargingYes
    Miscellaneous Features
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
    Network & Connectivity
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio Features24-bit/192kHz audioDynamic vibration systemActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    NFCYes
    BluetoothYes
    3.5mm Audio JackNo
    Bluetooth Typev5.0
    Audio JackUSB Type-C
    Rear Camera
    OISYes
    Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
    Rear Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fps, 1280x720 @ 960 fps
    Rear Camera Features8 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection
    Rear Camera SetupSingle, 19MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution19 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/2.0 (upto 8x Digital Zoom) Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 1 Lens1.22 micrometre pixel size
    Rear SensorExmor-RS CMOS Sensor
    Rear Aperturef/2.0
    Network
    Network Support4G
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    eSIMNo
    Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    Sensors
    Fingerprint ScannerYes
    Fingerprint Scanner PositionRear

    About the Phone

    Pros:

    • Sony’s first OLED screen is stunning
    • Android Pi from the get-go
    • 4K HDR video recording

    Cons:

    • The camera is good, not great
    • Fingerprint scanner placement is awkward

    The phone comes with a great 6.0-inch Curved Bravia OLED capacitive touchscreen display and has good 4K HDR video recording capabilities.
    The Sony Xperia XZ3 comes with its shortcomings though, with not having the best camera in the market being one of the more prominent ones.

    Sony is a formidable force in the Tech industry. The Japanese giant’s TVs and cameras have been prominent bestsellers in their respective industries, and its high-end headphones have always been highly recommended.

    They have not been able to replicate this success across the board though. In a crowded and supposedly saturated smartphone market, Sony’s flagships have been lackluster at best but have failed to make a significant impact. With the Xperia XZ3, Sony endeavors to make some brilliant strides forward. The introduction of the Bravia OLED screen in the Xperia XZ3 is just one of the many things. For the first time since long, we’re convinced they might be onto something incredible with the inclusion of this new feature.

    The Sony Xperia XZ3  Black – 64GB (6GB RAM) is priced at Rs.72,900. It comes with a 6.0-inch Curved Bravia P-OLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1440 x 2880 pixels at 537 PPI (pixels per inch). This flagship is powered by Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-core processor and comes with 4/6GB RAM. It also has 32/64 gigs of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB with a microSD card. The phone runs Android 8.1 and a 3060mAh non-removable battery. It measures 158 x 73 x 9.9 mm and weighs 193gm. Further, it also houses an 19 MP primary camera on the rear and a 13 MP front shooter for selfies.

    Sony has moved away from the sharp corners and edges that were used in earlier Xperia phones, opting for the less commonly found curved screen display. It is, however, the first Sony phone we’ve ever seen with a curved Bravia OLED display, which makes us even more excited. The Gorilla Glass 3 coated OLED leaves a lasting first impression. The HDR Bravia-branded screen measures 6-inch along the diagonal, with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440. Content spills over the sides of the curved glass and looks incredibly sharp.

    Packed with Sony’s fancy Bravia TV technology, the XZ3’s contrast ratios are perfect, and the phone is capable of reproducing 99% of the sRGB colour gamut in the phone’s “professional” display setting. The phone does suffer from a problem which has been seen in many OLEDs in the past, though it has been on a minor level. You can notice very clear signs of colour fringing, with hints of purples or blues in the outlines of the text, most noticeable when you have white text on a black background. The sunlight legibility on this panel is great, though the display isn’t the brightest around as it goes up to a maximum of 414 nits with no additional brightness settings in auto mode, as you may find on other phones.

    The Xperia XZ3 runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pi, straight out of the box, even leaving the Note 9 behind in this regard. Sony’s latest flagship is powered by Qualcomm’s most recent and till date most powerful mobile chipset, the octa-core Snapdragon 845, which clocks at 2.8GHz and paired with a 4GB of RAM.

    The Xperia XZ3 has a single 19 MP primary camera with an f2.0 lens predictive phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus. The users would’ve noticed the same setup on the Sony Xperia XZ1, and while this might put off some people thinking of upgrading from an XZ1, it so happens that the XZ3’s camera is much, much better than that.


    For starters, the user interface has been streamlined, with now having to go through less swiping to get to the various selective modes and frequently used settings promptly shown on-screen. The improved interface beckons simplicity and minimal fiddling around when you are prepping for your shot.

    In good light, the XZ3 delivers very pleasing photos where the colours are rich, with nice contrast and relatively wide dynamic range. In low-light, the Xperia XZ3 copes equally well; however, you witness some noise. The XZ3 offers a 13 MP selfie camera with autofocus and an f1.9  aperture, owing to which the shots look great when there’s plenty of light.
    Where Sony pulls things back for itself is with its video recording feature. The digital stabilisation works pretty well, in good lighting mainly, with the 4K HDR footage that you get to capture coming out simply breath-taking. In contrast to capturing photographs, the dynamic range in video trounces the competition, especially when the footage is viewed on a compatible HDR screen, such as the one found on this phone or the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Incidentally, it is possible for any video buff to get excellent results if the lighting’s right and they’re willing to invest some worthwhile time squeezing the best from the phone’s video camera.

    The Xperia XZ3 has a 3300 mAH battery, running an average show on efficiency standards but delivering a respectable endurance rating of 90 hours in battery life. The charge levels reach from 0 to a measly 25 percent charge in half an hour despite its quick charge feature.

    With the Xperia XZ3 Sony has set a new standard in the industry. There’s something breathtaking about the Sony Xperia XZ3. It is, without a doubt, the best smartphone Sony has ever made.


    There are a few pain points with some UI elements that might start to stutter. However, most of these can be solved by going into the settings and turning off certain features. There’s no getting around the awkward fingerprint scanner placement though, and these frustrations make the XZ3 an almost imperfect smartphone with glimmers of brilliance.