The next title in Sony’s arsenal has arrived right on time and it’s even better looking than the last. But what can the Z3 possibly do that previous iterations can’t?
Here’s what to expect from the brand new Xperia. The Z3’s design isn’t massively different to the Z2’s – or even the Z1’s for that matter. The matte silver rim that runs around the phone is now a little more rounded, and doesn’t wrap around the back as much as it did on the Z2 – creating the illusion of a much slimmer phone. It’s also lighter than ever before due to slightly smaller components deep inside, and for music fans, the screen is still bookended by a set of stereo speakers. Once again, we see the return of the 20.7 megapixel camera. This technology has now been present in the Xperia family tree for three generations, and the picture quality is still blowing us away. You’ll find the inclusion of all the usual favourites and a few new apps to keep things interesting. One of which allows you to use both the front-facing and main camera simultaneously. Making sure you’re never left out of the frame. Interestingly, the Z3 actually has a smaller battery than the Z2 in terms of physical size, but Sony claim it can last much longer – up to two full days without a charge. ‘How’ you ask? Well, as the internal components have become smaller, they draw less power, and with help from the Xperia’s STAMINA mode, you needn’t worry about charging every single night. Just like its predecessors, the Xperia Z3 is completely water and dustproof, and is now certified as IP68, making it the most water-tight smartphone on the market. It can be submerged up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes and is completely impervious to all varieties of dust and sand. The Xperia Z3 is another tiny step forward for Sony, but a flagship launch every six months proves the Japanese company is concentrating more on keeping in the people’s mind, as opposed to any revolutionary improvements. This handset will be a great move for those who are looking for the Android experience on a big screen, but in terms of groundbreaking improvements, we might have to wait for the next instalment.