Sony Xperia Z3+ is a revamped Xperia Z3 with faster Snapdragon 810 chip and memory RAM bumped to 3GB
Today, a month after introducing the Xperia Z4 to the Japanese market, Sony officially launched a global version of its 2015 flagship. Called the Xperia Z3+, the smartphone appears to be a revamped version of its predecessor featuring a considerable hardware bump represented by a faster Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB RAM. Here’s pretty much everything you want to learn about the Sony’s new flagship.
Sony Xperia Z3+ vs. Sony Xperia Z3
Featuring only few design tweaks of minor character the new Sony Xperia Z3+ looks almost like a carbon copy of the Xperia Z3 from 2014. No wonder then that Sony opted for naming it Z3+, which in such situation sounds a far more appropriate moniker than the Z4.
Measuring only 6.9 mm in profile (vs. 7.3 mm thick the Xperia Z3), the Xperia Z3+ speaks the well-known OmniBalance design, Sony has been faithful to for several years including a power key located on the phone’s side and a special dedicated camera button. As in the case of majority of Sony Xperia phones, labeled with a IP65 and IP68 certification tag, the body case of the Xperia Z3+ is water and dust resistant, which makes it a great companion for all adventure lovers. And even the new capless USB port shouldn’t affect the phone’s hermetic case.
Moving on to the internal hardware, the handset boasts a 5.2-inch 1080p TRILUMINOS display, the same that may be found in its predecessor. Although the screen panel received a good review, it begs for question why Sony didn’t decide to equipped its flagship with higher Quad HD display just like Samsung and LG did?
The Xperia Z3+ debuts powered by a faster quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable up to 128GB internal storage, which is a great improvement in comparison to the Z3’s Snapdragon 801. Surprisingly enough, the Z3’s 3,100 mAh battery has been replaced by a weaker 2,900 mAh unit. With no specific figures concerning the battery life parameters, except the promise that it will last up to two days, we can only hope that the four low-power cores make the reduction not influence the battery life significantly. Furthermore, running Android 5.0 the Z3+ carries a support for LTE Cat. 6 connectivity.
On the optics side, the handset offers its future users a generous 20.7MP Exmor RS main sensor this time accompanied by a selfie-friendly 5MP Exmor RS front shooter, instead of the Z3’s less than decent 2MP unit. In addition, both cameras sport wide-angle 25 mm lenses.
When it comes to the Z3+ pricing and availability, the international version of the Sony new flagship is scheduled to hit the market this summer. At this point we have no information regarding its price.
Time will tell whether the Xperia Z3+ will help Sony to increase gradually falling down sales. However, considering that the company’s biggest west competitors, Samsung and Apple, set standards for 2015 flagships while releasing the highly-specced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, a slightly upgraded version of previous flagship from 2014 may be not enough to solve the sales issue.