Sony churns out another flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3+

By Scorpus ยท 12 replies
May 26, 2015
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    Sony has churned out another flagship smartphone for the Western world, and surprise, surprise, it looks very similar to the rest of the Xperia Z models that Sony has released over the past two or three years.

    The Xperia Z3+, Sony's latest flagship Android device, is very similar to the Xperia Z4 that was announced for the Japanese market last month. In fact the only real difference is in the name, with Sony choosing a new name for Western markets that reflects this smartphone's incremental update over last year's Xperia Z3.

    Internally, the Xperia Z3+ packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 801 in the Xperia Z3. To make the smartphone marginally slimmer (6.9mm thick versus 7.3mm in the Z3), Sony has reduced the size of the battery by 200 mAh, resulting in a 2,900 mAh internal cell that also makes the phone lighter.

    The Xperia Z3+ also includes a 5.1-megapixel front-facing camera, which is an improvement on the Xperia Z3's 2.1-megapixel sensor. And for those that were constantly annoyed by the flaps around the Xperia Z3's waterproof body, the Xperia Z3+ has an exposed micro-USB port while retaining IP65/68 water resistance.

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    Most of the rest of the Xperia Z3+'s specifications are the same as the Xperia Z3, including the 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, the 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and 3 GB of RAM.

    There's no word on how much the Xperia Z3+ will cost when Sony releases it onto the global market in June, alongside the previously-announced Xperia Z4 Tablet

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Meh. I've got no interest in this thing, the Galaxy S6 has been released already and if I was in the market for a high end phone it would be my device of choice without a doubt.
  3. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 168   +45

    Great thing about the Sony phones is they have amazing cameras, they're waterproof, and you can stream your PS4 to it. It's a nice looking phone too. Wish I wasn't on a CDMA cell network, otherwise I would probably get this one or the Z4 if it ever came to the US.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,258   +454

    This is water resistant though.... and the S6 isn't. A shame, because the S5 was. If Sony would just put the power/USB connector at the bottom like normal folk I'd get it.
  5. Footsoldier

    Footsoldier TS Rookie

    What do you mean at the bottom? It's at the bottom
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

    Using a Z3 here as my daily driver, excellent phone all around. It's gotten a bit cheaper since release so I bought a second one for the wife.
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  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Same here Julio. When the camera died in my Nexus 5 I used the refund towards a Z3. Wife now has the Z3 compact. Great phones. Only downside is the lack of wireless charging but ended up getting the wireless charging case and plate. Now have old Maxell wireless charger beside my bed and the Sony one beside my computer.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

    Dealing with flaps was not an option for me either, so I take advantage of the magnetic charger. It's gone in the Z3+ due to the exposed USB connector, but for $30 the Xperia dock works pretty well. Those using protective cases (like my wife) can buy a magnetic charger cable instead and it works like the MacBook charger so again, no flaps to deal with (or to eventually damage) on a daily basis.
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  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'd bought the magnetic dock too, but found that with a case on it was awkward to put in place. That's been passed onto the wife :) I'd seen the magnetic cables and have been tempted to pick one up but many of the 3rd party cables had reviews stating they were poor quality or other problems. Do you know which brand of magnetic cable charger you bought?

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,258   +454

    You are right... I had incorrectly assumed it was still on the left side. That is good news for me! I may replace my GS5 with this when I start to have issues with my current phone.

    I'm not sure "capless" USB port is a good idea though. It is surely convenient but you won't be able to charge the phone after it has been recently exposed to liquid. This is one reason I love wireless charging, as you could still charge it right after it has been exposed to liquid.
    Last edited: May 28, 2015
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

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  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

  13. sadman3

    sadman3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 126

    The Z# is like a daily driver and companion.. best fone in the market
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