- The display is sharp, colorful, HDR-capable and well visible in the sun, but... look below .
- First phone to run Android Pie out of the box .
- All around great camera performance .
- Top quality build is both sturdy and good-looking .
- No auto brightness boost, some color shifting at the curved edges, less than stelar color calibration (or lack of one) .
- Even though third-party chargers can up the speed, the bundled adapter is way too slow
- Awkward fingerprint reader placement
when you think of phones with curved OLED displays what comes to your mind, probably a Samsung, or a Google pixel but now there’s a new kid in town and it says Sony, We are nasphones.com and this is our Xperia XZ3 Review
this year Sony has moved away from the sharp corners and edges that were used to in Xperia phones, Sony Xperia XZ3 is the latest have the new curvy and reflective glass back design.
the glass tapers down to the thin edges which are made from 7000 series aluminum, this sharpness to the thin edges which are made from 7000 series aluminum this gives the phone a bit of grip .
but what makes Sony Xperia XZ3 unique is that is the first Sony phone we’ve seen with a curved OLED display, the way the corners of the screen flow into the aluminum frame is really reminiscent of the Google pixel 2xl .
overall the Sony Xperia XZ3 feels well built and as it expect from a Sony flagship is fully IP rated for dust and water resistance, I only have a couple of gripes with the build, the first is the placement of the rear fingerprint scanner .
it’s just too low to be comfortable the camera lens is actually sitting in the spot eat expect the reader to be, it is fast to unlock though you can alternatively use the face unlock option, it’s accurate but not on the level that we’ve seen from other phones lately.
the other thing I’m not a fan of is the lack of a headphone jack, you’ll have to plug into the USB C port with a dongle, not so convenient, but luckily Sony Xperia XZ3 features a great set of stereo speakers that are a pleasure to listen to .
they appear identical to the ones on the Sony Xperia XZ2 , but actually tested out a bit better, with an excellent loudness score, and there’s the dynamic vibration system which vibrates the phone along to the music for a more immersive feel .
like previous Sony phones the Sony Xperia XZ3 has a dedicated hardware button for the camera, but in case you’re really worried about missing the perfect moment, there’s now the new smart launch if you take the Xperia XZ3 out of your pocket a name the phone will detect this and automatically offer to launch the camera and take a shot .
storage wise the Xperia XZ3 has 64 gigs on board, and it is expandable through a microSD slot, and as always with Sony the phone will restart when you open the tray .
but let’s go back to the display, it’s really the first of his con on the Sony phone, it’s a tall 6 inch OLED with a qHD of a solution an HDR support, and some snazzy curved edges .
content spills around the sides of the curved glass, and looks incredibly sharp, colors are vibrant, blacks are perfect, and everything looks fluid and responsive .
there is a bit of blue color shift but it’s not too noticeable, only around the curved edges, not on the screen as a whole, the XV 3 is display isn’t the brightest around, it goes up to a maximum of 414 nits and unlike other phones there’s no additional brightness in auto mode .
but even so sunlight legibility on this panel is really great, on par with what we see from the galaxy s9, color accuracy isn’t the best a bit on the bluer side in the standard color mode but there are other color profiles to choose from as well as a custom white balance adjustment if you want to dial something in .
one neat feature is the highly customizable always-on display, it comes with a selection of notification and music controls and clark styles, you can add stickers or even your own photos under the display to see them all day long .
there are actually quite a few features available on Sony Xperia XZ3 which is running his experience are over the newest Android 9.0 Pi it may actually be the first to come with it out of the box .
as always sony brings a bunch of his own software apps such as music and album the phone and messages and others, but sony has been cleaning up his experience early and there isn’t much in the way of bloatware .
menus in the app drawer I’ll come with search fields so you can find what you need right away, the new side Sense allows you to open a custom drawer interface by double tapping on the curved edge of the screen .
it shows recent apps and quick shortcuts and it is customizable, I did find that the side cents drawer does open accidentally once in a while, it really depends on how you hold the phone, another use of side senses the swipe gesture, which allows you to go back in any app and you’re able to up convert videos from SCR to HDR for better details and contrast see video scenes .
at the heart of Sony Xperia XZ3 is the flagship standard on top-of-the-line snapdragon 845 chipset, along with this we have four gigs of RAM, and CPU benchmarks performance is great, not on par with the XE – which also just came out not too long ago .
for battery life – 3300 mAh hour battery inside the Sony Xperia XZ3 definitely delivers, earning an endurance rating of 90 hours in our proprietary tests, just to note that this was done with the always-on display turned off as it does drain the battery .
with a bundled charger we were less than impressed, getting from zero to 25 percent charge in half an hour, but when we switched to an 18 watt USB power delivery capable charger we were able to get up to 43 percent in half an hour so why not pack something like this in the box .
there is Qi wireless charging though not too speedy but convenience, the Sony Xperia XZ3 has a single 19 megapixel main camera with an F 2.0 lens predictive phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus, there’s no ohh I asked them .
the bummer is that you don’t get their bright aperture or second camera of the XE2 premium, that said it’s the same camera setup as a regular XE, including the fast memory readout that prevents rolling shutter but there are some software and processing upgrades this time around.
the camera UI itself has been overhauled, it’s much easier to get into the different camera modes which are all held within a single menu, a double tap on the edge in the camera interface will snap a photo too .
in good light the Sony Xperia XZ3 delivers very pleasing photos, colors are rich and there’s a nice contrast and relatively wide dynamic range, peaceful peeping reveals a fair share of noise, but also plenty of fine detail .
in low-light the Sony Xperia XZ3 copes equally well, again there’s some noise but there’s also a lot of detail captured thanks to a newly upgraded by ons Image Processor .
colors look life like now washed out or oversaturated if you compared to the Xperia XE 2 you’ll see that the older generation takes photos that are less noisy but a la softer .
since there’s only one camera boquete mode is produced through software only, portrait shots are 8 megapixels and not half bad, subject separation is good, though not perfect, and the background blur looks natural .
one clear upgrade the Sony Xperia XZ3 offers over the XE2 is a 13 megapixel selfie camera, with autofocus and a brighter F 1.9 aperture, shots look great when there’s plenty of light, there’s lots of fine detail nice colors and decent dynamic range .
there was also a selfie portrait mode which is 8 megapixels like on the main cannon, but it isn’t quite as proficient when it comes to subject separation, in good light 4k footage is sharp and detailed and there’s little noise, colors look balanced and dynamic range is pretty wide, you can out for the h.265 codec to save space .
while all the videos have some electronic stabilization the highest level intelligent active is only available up to 1080p at 30fps, you can also shoot video and HDR which will give you better results in contrast sea scenes .
it uses the HLG standard so you can bring the content onto a non HD are compatible screen and play it back as SDR without looking washed out, this type of HDR video is also easily uploaded will be YouTube .
click on the XE to you can record super slow motion video at 960 FPS and either 720p or 1080p recording a 1080p half the slo-mo time window compared to 720 .
so the Sony Xperia XZ3 it’s great to see Sony willing to revamp its tried and true Xperia design, plus on top of that curved body and awesome screen you get stereo speakers, smooth performance and good battery life .
there are some downsides the fingerprint reader definitely takes some getting used to, there’s no headphone jack and the bundled charger is slow, and for some reason they skipped over using the dual camera system from the xe2 premium .
but despite the nitpicks if Sony prices this one right they may have a winner here, the Sony Xperia XZ3 embraces the newest trends without losing what makes Sony phone special, and it deserves our recommendation .
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Specification: Sony Xperia XZ3
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, October
158 x 73 x 9.9 mm (6.22 x 2.87 x 0.39 in)
193 g (6.81 oz)
Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5) & aluminum frame
IP65/IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Other screen features||
HDR BT.2020, Triluminos display, X-Reality Engine
Android 9.0 (Pie)
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM (Taiwan only)
Single, 19 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/2.3", 1.22µm, predictive PDAF & laser AF
LED flash, panorama, HDR
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS), 1080p@960fps, HDR
Single, 13 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3", 1.12µm
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
1080p@30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS)
Yes, with stereo speakers
24-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dynamic vibration system
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
Fast battery charging (USB Power Delivery 2.0), Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery, Qi wireless charging
Black, Silver White, Forest Green, Bordeaux Red
About 700 EUR