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Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony Xperia Z3+

  • CPU
    Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)

  • Memory (MB)
    32 GB, 3 GB RAM

  • Camera (MP)
    20.7 MP

  • Battery (mAh)
    Non-removable Li-Ion 2930 mAh battery

  • WiFi
    Yes

  • Price Range
    €340

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

8.5 4.3 1
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10
  • Camera 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 9 / 10

If you want to invest €340 in good communications and excellent multimedia on the go for the next few years, then the Sony Xperia Z3+ is definitely the way to go. The Sony Xperia Z3+ might be pricey for some, but will prove its worth down the line especially if you travel abroad. Released in May 2015 its still and excellent phone.

If you thought the Xperia X Performance was in a class of its own then this phone will set you right. The phone also goes by the name of the Sony Xperia Z3 Plus, Xperia Z4 or as the Sony E6553. The Sony Xperia Z3+ covers all three network bands. The 2G band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) as well as the 3G band (HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100) and 4G (LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 40(2300)). There is also GPRS up to 107 kbps as well as EDGE up to 296 kbps.

Much like the other Xperia phones the Z3+ is about the same size at 146 x 72 x 6.9 mm and weighing in a bit lighter at 144 grams. The phone also uses a nano-SIM and comes IP68 certified. This means that the phone is dust proof and water resistant to over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. Like other high-end phones in the range this phone comes with an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with the usual 16M colors. The screen is 5.2 inches (~70.9% screen-to-body ratio) which is a large screen and runs at a high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with an excellent pixel density of ~424 ppi which gives you a very sharp and detailed picture. You can see the article on pixel density on this website and why it matters. The screen also has scratch-resistant glass as well as an oleophobic coating (no fingerprint marks) and comes with a triluminos display (3 colours wrapped in one) and there is also the X-Reality Engine which helps the graphics on the phone.

The hardware is a very capable Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A57) which is a very powerful combination. This is based on the Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset which is also an excellent chipset from Qualcomm. The GPU for graphics is the Adreno 430 GPU which is also a high-end GPU. The hardware on this phone is excellent. All of this powers the Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop), v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat) operating system.

The phone comes with large memory and space as well. The Z3+ comes with 32 GB of space and 3 GB RAM. If that is not enough there is also a dedicated slow for the microSD card. The microSD card microSD can add up to 256 GB on this dedicated slot. The camera is a 20.7 MP being a 25mm, Sony Xperia Z3+ Specificationsautofocus camera with an LED flash. The camera is large being a 1/2.3″ sensor with 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR as well as panorama. Compared to other cameras, it is a bit of a disappointment when it comes to fine details during high-resolution picture shots. The camera has a capable video ability at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps as well as 720p@120fps. With the sort of hardware on the phone these specs should be expected. The camera also has a very capable 5.1 MP secondary camera which can play video at 1080p@30fps. HD recording is possible with this mobile phone.

The phone has the usual options you find on a high-end mobile phone today such as vibration; MP3 and WAV ringtones as alerts. There is also a loudspeaker and it comes with stereo speakers, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic is also included. Wifi is in the form of Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and hotspot. The Bluetooth options are v4.1, A2DP as well as aptX.

There is also NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant) as well as an FM radio and a microUSB v2.0 with (MHL 3 TV-out) and a USB Host ability. Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass as well as a barometer. There is no Java but it comes with an HTML5 browser as well as SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM as well as Push Email. Another advantage of this phone is fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0) and also ANT+ support. All of this is supported by a non-removable Li-Ion 2930 mAh battery with a standby time of up to 580 h (2G) and talk time of 16 hours. Overall and excellent well balanced phone but it needs improvements in the phone design as heating issues have been raised because of the powerful processor when run at max for a long period of time.

Sony Xperia Z3+ - Specs

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 40(2300)
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM
    No

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    GPRS: Up to 107 kbps / EDGE: Up to 296 kbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    HTML5

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    5.2 inches (~70.9% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    ~424 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • Features
    - IP68 certified
    - Triluminos display
    - X-Reality Engine

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    20.7 MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
  • Camera Features
    f/2.0, 25mm, autofocus, LED flash
    1/2.3" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    Yes
  • Secondary
    5.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.1, A2DP, aptX
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Yes
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Headphone Jack

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 430
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    Yes
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Yes
  • Video Playback
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    Yes
  • Ring Tones
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
    Yes
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    Yes

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop), v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
    No
  • Features
    - Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
    - ANT+ support
    - Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
    - MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
    - Document viewer
    - Photo/video editor

Power

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Battery Life
    Up to 580 h (2G) / Up to 590 h (3G)
  • Batteries Included
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    Non-removable Li-Ion 2930 mAh battery
  • Placement
    Rear
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Up to 580 h (2G) / Up to 590 h (3G)
  • Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 17 h (3G)
  • Music Play
    Up to 91 h

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