Versus: Sony Xperia Z3 vs Xperia Z2

Surprise surprise, Sony has actually revealed the much-rumoured Xperia Z3 handset, changing the currently excellent Xperia Z2. Naturally a lot of talk will certainly revolve around whether Sony has to replace its flagship so routinely. However perhaps Sony ought to be commended for its desire to ensure its consumers are constantly offered the best specifications available from the mobile world.

Here’s our take a look at exactly what Sony has done to ensure its most current flagship can successfully build upon the work done by the currently impressive Xperia Z2.


As with every current Sony Xperia handset, the Xperia Z3 follows on with the omnibalance design. Laying the Xperia Z2 and Z3 side by side will certainly leave you questioning whether you’ve actually got a new handset, but closer inspection does highlight a couple of distinctions.

Some may see this as disappointing, but Sony has been consistent considering that the initial Xperia Z, and deserves kudos for keeping to its design concepts.

The Xperia Z3 has been on a diet plan, coming in with a slightly smaller footprint. Vital stats check out 146.5 x 72.4 x 7.5 mm and it weighs 154g. This makes it almost identical to the Xperia Z2, although the Z3 handles to be 0.7 mm thinner and 9g lighter.

Sony has actually likewise kept in the IP55 and IP58 water and dust proofing that’s actually ended up being an emphasize of its flagships, something that we’ve actually ended up being specifically keen on.


Anybody thinking that the Xperia Z3 would’ve a QHD screen will be left sorely dissatisfied. Sony has decided to stick to the exact same 5.2-inch Triluminous 1,080 p screen (with the same X-Reality engine) as the Xperia Z2.

This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise though, the jury is still out on whether 2K and even 4K resolutions are required on such a small screen. Considered that the majority of the competitors still sports 1,080 p screens (the LG G3 being the most noteworthy exception), this definitely will not harm the Z3’s possibilities.

The greatest dissatisfaction for numerous will certainly be that the screen doesn’t appear to have taken an upgrade from the Xperia Z2. However, a closer look does toss up something that’ll perhaps prove a bit more useful than a few even more pixels.

Where the Z2’s brightness handles to hit brightness levels of 460 nits, the Xperia Z3 can reach 600 nits. Consequently the Xperia Z3 ought to show a lot simpler to see in direct sunshine, something that we have all been yearning considering that the first touchscreen.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sony has decided to leave the 20.7 MP electronic camera that adorns the Xperia Z2 well alone on the Xperia Z3. Considered that the Japanese company already had the most powerful camera, a minimum of in regards to resolution, this is possibly one area that did not require a great deal of attention.

Even the flash has actually remained the very same, with Sony sticking by its single LED.

In our in depth Xperia Z2 testimonial, John McCann commented that the Z2’s electronic camera ‘carries out much better than both the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 in low light conditions’ along with having ‘a fantastic macro mode, enabling you to get actually close up to a things and capture it in all its magnificence’ so we can barely explain the Xperia Z3’s electronic camera as doing not have.


When a flagship phone line has actually been upgraded one of the first things that we’ve a look at is how much even more power has been pressed under the hood. While we know that this is an inadequate indicator of the total performance, we can’t help but get a little thrilled by bigger numbers.

Let us start with the RAM on offer. Sony has not upped the RAM in the Xperia Z3, although as the Xperia Z2 currently offered a massive 3GB of RAM that’s unrivaled by the Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8.

The very same can’t be said for the Xperia Z3’s CPU, clocking in at 2.5 GHz compared with 2.3 GHz in the Xperia Z2. OK, so the distinction in between the two is not all that wonderful in terms of speed, however Qualcomm’s latest iteration of its Snapdragon 801 chipset has taken boosts in other places.

Of these, the most essential has to be battery life. We’re never going to turn our noses up at more power, however we ‘d definitely forsake a little power for even more battery life. Luckily, Qualcomm and Sony have you covered here, providing far better power effectiveness, which might well be needed offered the battery.


Why’s power performance more vital on the Z3, we hear you shout. Well, possibly the biggest surprise of all is the battery sat behind the Xperia Z3: it’s smaller.

Where the Xperia Z3 has usually enhanced the areas that required looking at, the battery seems to have actually taken a hit.

Where Sony popped a 3200mAh battery behind the screen of the Xperia Z2, it’s decided to change this with a smaller sized 3100mAh battery for the Z3. Simply what result this will certainly have remains to be seen though.

The aforementioned Snapdragon 801 SoC upgrade not only offers even more power, however also offers more power performance, implying the capacity for a much longer battery life. However, Sony has likewise upped the screen brightness so we are betting on a comparable battery efficiency all round.


Given that the Xperia Z3 is going to be Sony’s flagship handset, it makes good sense that it’s going to have a flagship price tag. In the UK, this indicates a SIM-free price of ₤ 549 (around US$ 900, AU$ 975), with 24 month agreements likely to begin at around ₤ 30 to ₤ 35 per month.

This matches the Xperia Z2, although anticipate the Z2 to take a small price drop now its younger bro is on the scene. Given that the specifications between the Z2 and Z3 are still fairly comparable, the prices will certainly in all likelihood also be rather similar.

Early Verdict

There will absolutely be those who question whether Sony really needed to upgrade the Xperia Z2 that debuted at MWC earlier this year, specifically as the Xperia Z3 appears to be a really incremental upgrade.

Sony’s commitment to offering the most up to date in mobile tech as soon as possible needs to be praised, but it deserves wondering about the impact this will certainly have on the Xperia Z range. A more vibrant screen and the more effective, power efficient Snapdragon 801 SoC are both massive positives, structure upon the currently outstanding hardware that sat inside the Xperia Z2.

With really comparable specs though, we could be taking a look at the supreme decider being the price. Keep the costs as comparable as the internal hardware and Sony is on to a winner, however drop the Z2 by a little too much and Sony could end up undercutting its own product.