Sony Xperia Z3+ Features Place Handset Among Android Market Elite

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-05-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    By Don Reisinger
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    Sony's Primary Design Goal Was to Make the Z3+ Trimmer
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    Sony's Primary Design Goal Was to Make the Z3+ Trimmer

    Chief among Sony's concerns with the Xperia Z3+ was to make it more compact than its predecessor. To accomplish that goal, the company made the device slimmer and lighter than the Xperia Z3. The handset is just 6.9mm thick and weighs 144 grams, making it extremely thin and lightweight. It's one of the thinnest smartphones on the market, and Sony is quick to point that out.
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    Xperia Z3+ Can Handle All Kinds of Weather
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    Xperia Z3+ Can Handle All Kinds of Weather

    Sony has been making its handsets more weather-resistant in recent years, and the Xperia Z3+ is no different. According to the company, the device is both waterproof and dustproof and its USB port doesn't even require a cover to maintain the integrity of its internal components. The phone has a rating of IP65 and IP68 for water and dust resistance.
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    The 20.7-Megapixel Camera Is Top Shelf
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    The 20.7-Megapixel Camera Is Top Shelf

    Sony's Xperia cameras have arguably been among the top in the smartphone space for the last couple of years. The Xperia Z3+ has a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS lens built into the device. The lens features an ISO12,800 and 4K video capture. In other words, getting the Xperia Z3+ is like getting a high-end digital camera.
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    Android Is Running Inside
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    Android Is Running Inside

    No surprise here, but the Xperia Z3+ is running on Google's Android. The operating system has long been the platform of choice for Sony's products, and it has again found its way to the company's flagship. It's unclear at the moment whether there is an upgrade path to the upcoming Android M version. But chances are, Sony will bring the update at some point in the future.
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    Sony Makes a Fuss About Taking Selfies
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    Sony Makes a Fuss About Taking Selfies

    One of the latest crazes in the smartphone camera business is selfies. HTC, Samsung and others have all touted their front-facing cameras as "selfie" options, and Sony has now joined the fray. The company says that its front-facing 5-megapixel camera has a wide-angle lens, allowing Z3+ users to include more of their friends in selfies. Sony's front-facing camera also includes SteadyShot technology to stabilize the picture when taking video.
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    Long Battery Life Is Another Strong Point
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    Long Battery Life Is Another Strong Point

    Sony has done a solid job of boosting the Xperia Z3+'s battery life. The company says that it can last up to two days on standby and it can play music for a whopping 91 hours. Users can also view more than 9 hours of video before it dies out. Sony doesn't say how long it will take to recharge the handset, though.
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    The Hardware Specifications Are Impressive
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    The Hardware Specifications Are Impressive

    So, what's living inside the Xperia Z3+? According to Sony, the handset will ship with the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor. The Xperia Z3+ also has 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB of onboard storage. Plus, it includes a microSD slot that can accommodate 128GB of additional storage. In addition, the smartphone has a Cat 6 LTE modem, allowing it to handle theoretical wireless download speeds of up to 300M bps.
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    Sony Is Still All About Entertainment
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    Sony Is Still All About Entertainment

    One of the hallmarks of Sony's mobile strategy has been entertainment. After all, the company owns a gaming division, a movie business and a record label, so integrating those features make sense. The Xperia Z3+ offers remote gaming with integration with the Sony PlayStation 4. One-touch connectivity also means the handset will connect to other Sony products to stream programming.
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    Sony Splits the Difference on Display Size
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    Sony Splits the Difference on Display Size

    Most smartphone makers have been opting for small screens in the 4.5- to 4.7-inch range and large screens of 5.5 inches or so. Sony, however, has decided to go with a 5.2-inch screen in the Xperia Z3+. Interestingly, Sony went with a 1080p display in its flagship handset, even though it can record 4K video.
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    Should Current Xperia Z3 Owners Upgrade?
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    Should Current Xperia Z3 Owners Upgrade?

    Ultimately, current Xperia Z3 owners will need to ask themselves a valid question: Should they upgrade to the Z3+? The devices, after all, look somewhat similar, with the Z3+ having slightly improved components across the board. While the Xperia Z3+ may be appealing to general Android buyers, it's not necessarily a must-have upgrade for recent Z3 buyers who are happy with their handsets. Keep that in mind before deciding on the Xperia Z3+.
 

Sony is back at it in the smartphone game with a new handset it's calling the Xperia Z3+.  The company says the updated model is an improvement over its Xperia Z3, placing it at the top of its handset line as its "best Android mobile." As Android shoppers know all too well, there are countless new models reaching the market that claim to be the next big thing in smartphones. Sony's contention that it's offering a top product, therefore, is nothing new. But when those confident statements are set aside and the mobile devices are examined on a feature-by-feature basis, it looks as if Sony's claim that the Xperia Z3+ is its best Android smartphone to date holds up quite well. In fact, it looks like it can hold its own against the top Android-based smartphones on the market. This slide show digs into the Xperia Z3+'s features and design elements that could make it a sound choice for Android smartphone buyers. Read on to learn more about Sony's latest and greatest smartphone, the Xperia Z3+.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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