Sony Xperia XZ3 is primarily a revised version of the model from more than half a year. This is a much more interesting model, plus more technology-packed. Is it definitely better then? Here's our review of the autumn Sony flagship.

Sony Xperia XZ3 is the latest smartphone of the Japanese company. It has been packed with new technologies, including the most efficient SoC, OLED display with HDR, the latest Google system compilation, dynamic vibration system, support for 4K video recording with HDR, and slow motion at 960 frames per second in FullHD resolution. He has several other advantages. Is it a phone worth recommending? You will find out about it after reading our review of the Sony Xperia XZ3 .

Sony finally returns to great shape

Sony Xperia XZ3 in terms of design is a great smartphone. Much has been improved with regard to its predecessor, although some shortcomings remain. However, I am able to accept them. And that's because Sony decided to evolve the look . Appearance, which was very warmly received during the presentation, which is confirmed by many awards awarded by industry services.

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

This model is great in many respects and "I'm saying" to you, i.e. a guest who, after Sony's proposals, does not like it specially because of their design. Without a doubt, the Sony Xperia XZ2 has set a new direction in the Sony project, although only now is Ambient Flow what it should be. The smartphone has, above all, a clearly flatter rear panel, which positively affects not only the appearance but also the grip. The Sony Xperia XZ3 is definitely better in the hand , and it does not stand out against the competition. Very slim body frame with a thickness of just 3 millimeters looks phenomenal. Going to the front panel, you can not fail to mention the very nicely curved glass along all the edges of the screen . The minimalist masks of stereo speakers as well as rounded corners look very nice. Below and above the screen you can see the progress with the predecessor, more precisely the frame with the smaller thickness . There are no lateral ones, because the display has been bent, as is the case with Samsung smartphones. All this makes Xperia XZ3 the prettiest Sony smartphone, and one of the prettiest on the market . The arrangement of the buttons on the right side is one of those elements which has also been improved. And that's because the switch is now almost at the perfect height, just like the volume control bar – it has not been extended to the upper edge as much as the Sony Xperia XZ2. I can not write a bad word about the physical (two-stage) shutter, which is in the perfect place. It is, of course, worth mentioning the waterproof construction , which was made of a combination of aluminum and two sheets Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone has been certified IP68, which means that it does not fear the dust and water (housing should withstand immersion to a depth of 1.5 m for 30 minutes). Here, therefore, nothing has changed in relation to the predecessor. However, not everything has been improved – the reader is still in the wrong place, and therefore too low in relation to the position of the index finger, which lies on the lens, not on the scanner. However, I am able to get over this time. Do you know why? Because I appreciate the efforts that the manufacturer put in this smartphone to make it appeal to a wider audience.
Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

At the end of this section, it's worth mentioning that Sony is one of those producers who gave up the 3.5mm mini-jack connector . The set has, however, a USB Type C to mini 3.5mm jack adapter. It is therefore a kind of compensation. The lack of this element should not come as a surprise, given the fact that its predecessor did not have it either.

Battery: the time of work with an enviable standard has been made

The battery capacity of 3300 mAh with Smart Stamina technology is responsible for energy efficiency and without support for Quick Charge technology (there is USB Power Delivery). The new Xperia received a 120 mAh rechargeable battery compared to the Xperia XZ2. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that the display has also been increased. And although it might seem that in theory performance on a single charge will be similar, then the practice shows something completely different.

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

The smartphone is standard, because it was able to keep pace for me for one day , as did Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This is with the LTE module active most of the time, as well as the automatic adjustment of the backlight. However, you do not need to save money on this particular day – full synchronization of social applications, games, watching movies, browsing the Internet and listening to music are the activities that I did everyday on this smartphone. Of course, without an active energy saving mode. [wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [slug test = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22724" virtual = "pcmark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = "22724, 22516,22700,22692,22650,22590,22382,22548 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 22724 "virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Charging time"] [slug test = "battery" virtual = "loading-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22724" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650 , 22590,22382,22548 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] It takes about 160 minutes to charge the battery on your smartphone . Recharging during the day included in the sales kit with charger (5V / 1.5A – 7.5W) is not particularly effective, because leaving Xperia XZ3 under the charger for a quarter of an hour translates into 16% lost energy, and an additional fifteen minutes will give us 29%. In this field, the smartphone loses with most of this year's flagship, and certainly against the background of its predecessor or the OnePlus 6. This second only enough for 30 minutes so that the battery charge level from zero increased to 61%. The included Battery Manager with STAMINA mode allows you to choose one of the available energy saving scenarios. In the most restrictive mode, Xperia XZ3 functionality is limited to basic functions, such as the ability to make voice calls or send text messages. The smartphone uses an induction coil, so wireless charging is open to you , unless you have a dedicated charger, of course.

Great OLED display with HDR

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony puts a six-inch display in the 18: 9 format. It displays content at a resolution of QHD + (2880 × 1440) pixels). The screen has been made in OLED technology and is packed with proprietary technologies, including: TRILUMINOS Display for mobile and X-Reality for portable devices. In addition, there is support for HDR, and therefore dynamic contrast . The display generates luscious colors, which can be further boosted in settings to make them even more saturated. All this makes the Xperia look at with great pleasure. I am not afraid to risk saying that it is one of the best displays that has been used so far in my smartphone . And certainly the best of the flagships I had the opportunity to test. So gentlemen and ladies, chapeau bass. The technology of the screen means deep black and infinite contrast, which in turn translates into a brilliant reproduction of colors – in the AdobeRGB palette is 93.4%, and in the DCI-P3 100%. [wptab style = "4" title = "AdobeRGB"] [test slug = "test-colors" order = "desc" selected = "22724" virtual = "color-adobergb" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704 , 22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" sRGB "] [test slug =" test-colors "order =" desc "selected = "22724" virtual = "kolor-srgb" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4 "title =" Maximum brightness "] [test slug =" screen-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASE_PASS "order =" desc "selected =" 22724 "type =" single "product_id =" 22724,22704,22516,22700,22692, 22652,22650,22590,22382,22548 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [test slug =" screen-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected = "22724" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In the settings we can find the reading mode which, when activated, has for the task of reducing the emission of the blue world background, and therefore less tiring sight . This function will automatically reduce the blue light as soon as sunset, based on a morning alarm or after setting a specific time. It is switched off in the same way. The maximum brightness of the display used in the Sony Xperia XZ3 is at the appropriate level, the more so because here we talk about the AMOLED screen, which never shines at the maximum level in manual mode. However, it's less about technicals – using your smartphone in full sun is not a problem . I do not have any objections to the minimum brightness – consuming the contents after dark should not cause eye strain.
Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Of course, notifications were not displayed on the blanked screen, which in the case of Sony was called a screen adapted to the environment . And although it is not as extensive as in the case of Always on Display from Samsung, it offers several options for personalization. We can add a picture to display, or define whether the watch should be displayed all the time or when the smartphone is carried. In addition, there are different styles of clock. New on the Xperia XZ3 smartphone is a side menu that can be activated by double-tapping the edge of the screen. This is something similar to Edge Sense combined with FIT (Frame Interactive Technology), but much more limited. This menu displays the most frequently used applications and also offers quick access to switches. Nice addition, but definitely requires the extension of functionality.
Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

And before we go any further, I have to rebuke the manufacturer for the sensor of the existing light, which is very lazy and aggressive . It takes a long time for him to see the change in the intensity of light, and when he does (when switching from a dark room to a bright one), he "glows with his eyes". It also happens very often that it is not able to lighten the screen after moving it away from the ear, making it difficult to disconnect the connection.

Camera: unfortunately it is stagnant and it worries

The main camera – characteristics, quality of photos and videos

The Japanese have come to the conclusion that a single camera is quite sufficient on a smartphone. The flagship smartphone, which is of course Xperia XZ3. Apparently, it's so great that OIS is not even necessary . 🙂

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

On the back wall there is a main camera with a resolution of 19 MP with Motion Eye system , equipped with Exmor RS type 1 / 2.3-inch matrix with attached memory. The size of a single pixel is 1.22 μm. The camera has a Sony G lens with a focal length of 25 mm and F / 2.0 light. There is also a BIONZ image sensor. In addition, the flagship Sony is another smartphone that allows you to record video in slow motion at 960 frames per second in FullHD resolution . Added to this is support for 4K HDR technology. Sony did not really change anything in its camera, compared to the Xperia XZ2 . And it is a pity, considering the fact that competition is growing and the Japanese are standing still. And the translation of Krzysztof Kurek does not speak to me at all. https://youtu.be/MTqUfKdlFEU Stagnation made Sony Xperia XZ3 stand out from the competition – you can see it on many levels, although in general it offers cool quality photographs that are characterized by a strange color reproduction . Strange, because you can not talk about naturalness, for which I appreciated the Sony cameras. Now, the producer decided to sharpen the frames unnaturally and not faithfully reproduce colors. In favorable lighting conditions, however, the smartphone is able to take good quality photographs . Pictures are characterized by the right amount of detail, a decent tonal range, and the right sharpness. See for yourself. -> View full size example photos In the case of night photography, you can see that the lens aperture is not good – you can see an above-average amount noise, sharpness problems, as well as strange artefacts in the form of strongly sparkling neon signs, as well as streetlights. And it is really funny that the owner of great smartphones matrix is ​​not able to tame them in his product. If all the mentioned defects have been corrected, I am almost certain that the Sony Xperia XZ3 would be one of the best, if not the best photographic smartphone. And yes, there is no chance for the moment with the top ten or even the twelfth . Because if it was not, OnePlus 6 is doing better. And before we go to the video, I will mention that the Sony Xperia XZ3 allows you to take pictures with the programic bokeh effect . The smartphone takes two photos and combines them together – then you can manually adjust the blur. As a rule, photos in this mode look really good, but it is not easy to get them. The smartphone can record video in many resolutions, and the highest of available is 4K and it's still with HDR mode . It is also 1080p, with 60 frames, as well as at 960 fps, and therefore super slow motion. Generally, the materials keep a good level, but the autofocus is really lazy. And so much so that he was not able to sharpen the foreground. However, there is a solution – you have to activate object tracking. Although, and then it is not perfect – the focus measurement has a lot of problems getting back to the initial state, and therefore sharpening the second plan. It is really poor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u0FdwxG-dQ&feature=youtu.be With slow-motion video, I am still reiterating my opinion of the Xperia XZ2 review – definitely better in the Samsung flagship . And this is because in the case of Xperia it is up to you whether you catch the right moment and register it in 960 frames per second. Nothing has changed compared to previous generations, except of course the resolution. It's a pity, because in this case I prefer Samsung's solution, where the camera is able to pick up the moment itself – and it does it very well.

Front camera and photo application

Selfie was dedicated 13MP camera with F / 1.9 light with an Exmor RS type 1 / 3.06 inch matrix for portable devices and a 23 mm wide angle lens. This translates into good quality photos and video materials that can be recorded in Full HD at 30 frames per second. It is worth knowing that the camera has no support from a single LED. However, it is a replacement in the form of a flashing screen. Added to this are a number of beauty functions. The photo application has finally been rebuilt , making it more sensible and even more intuitive. First, the better automation section has disappeared, which has been replaced by the main screen of the camera, and the professional mode and additional effects can now be found under the button located under the virtual shutter release. In addition, the last used mode is quickly available.

Efficiency

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

In terms of components responsible for operation, nothing has changed literally compared to its predecessor, so we are still dealing with the SoC Snapdragon 845 layout with the Adreno 630 graphics system. In addition, there is 4GB of RAM . This set guarantees adequate performance, which is confirmed by synthetic tests carried out by me. Dedicated graphics work very well with all games available in the Google store and at the highest settings. [wptab style = "4" title = "AnTuTu 7"] [test slug = "android-antutu-7" order = "desc" selected = "22724" virtual = "antutu-total-7" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22724" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "3DMark"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "22724" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "single" product_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "T-Rex"] [test slug = "gfxbench" fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22724 "type =" single "virtual =" t-rex-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22724,22704,22516,22700,22692,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Manhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22724 "type =" single "virtual =" manhattan-3- onscreen "p roduct_id = "22724,22704,22516,22700,2262,92,22652,22650,22590,22382,22548"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] In most cases, the smartphone has no problem with smooth operation , and switching between simple applications is fast . I intentionally wrote with simple ones, because it's enough to turn on the camera application so that it definitively kills all other open processes – it's so memory-conscious. In addition, it can be cut. Thus, it can be seen that the management of RAM has not been refined as it should. This also shows that Sony can easily add 2 GB of RAM – it probably would solve the problem. The smartphone works based on the latest Google system – Android 9.0 Pie with the manufacturer's interface with the security level of August this year. Applications for video and photo processing are very good . With their use, you can create a slideshow, collages, as well as movies with impressive transitions and a good background music. There is a lot of opportunities to get involved, because you can download add-ons from within the application. Sony has also added an assistant who suggests how to use the Xperia smartphone and also allows you to remove junk files. There was also a genius music player. However, the manufacturer still installs junk applications, and for this he reserves the entire card for them on the application grid. Luckily, you can turn it off, just like you can change the size of icons and make other settings on the App Drawer. In this model, of course, there is also a remote game function that allows you to transfer the entire PlayStation 4 system to the smartphone screen , and then play favorite titles using the DualShock 4 controller or on-screen buttons. It is important to enter your account both in the remote game and on the console. Otherwise, remote play will not be possible. A very nice addition is the quick launch of the camera application using Sony's AI , which prepares the camera to take a picture when you hold the phone in a horizontal position. Smart inclusion means that when you pull your smartphone out of your pocket, you must arrange it horizontally. On my model, this feature does not always work properly. I appreciate, however, Sony's efforts. And before you read about the improved speakers and the communication background I have to complain about the unfinished soft. Very often it happened to me that I was not able to wake up my smartphone . Most often in such a situation it was easier to hold the physical shutter button for a longer time or repeatedly press the power button. This is a big problem, which I hope will be eliminated with the delivery of another update.

Complete equipment, stereo speakers and dynamic vibration

Sony in the Xperia XZ3 model has opted for the stereo S-Force Front Surround multimedia speakers . They are front, as it was in previous smartphones of the Japanese. One is placed on the bottom frame and its aperture is almost invisible, the other above the screen and is also a loudspeaker for conversations. The capacity is high, and you can easily listen to music from a smartphone in a larger group of people, although of course there is no chance of encountering a single BT loudspeaker of good quality. The loudspeakers' strength is also the purity of the sound being emitted. We can also count on a clear sound during conversations. If you want to feel the sound, it is worth using a new function – a dynamic vibration system that analyzes sound and converts it to vibration . This is without a doubt an interesting solution, albeit only for a short while. This system does not always work in games, so it will most often be used when watching movies. And that's because it's active when the screen is backlit. The producer also offers several features that improve the quality of the sound – both on the external speakers and the headset. 64 GB internal UFS 2.1 memory is reserved for the data (51GB available for the user). Remember that the mentioned memory can be expanded, because it is equipped with a microSD reader that supports cards up to 512GB.

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

The type C USB port offers support for OTG , which makes it possible to connect external mass storage devices . The sales kit, however, lacked a dedicated adapter that would enable the combination of these devices. However, it is the one that allows you to connect a headset with a 3.5 mm mini-jack. The fingerprint reader correctly reads the defined fingerprint . Of course, the sensor is active, so just press your finger to unlock the screen. It's fast enough. Sony has opted for the very latest communication solutions . As a result, the consumer receives everything that can be expected:
  • dual band WiFi wireless module (802.11 ac / a / b / g / n, 2.4GHz & 5GHz), MIMO 2 * 2,
  • satellite navigation system Galileo + GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 type C connector,
  • NFC
  • LTE cat.18 modem with download speed up to 1.2 Gb / s
  • hybrid nanoSIM card slot,
  • Bluetooth 5.0 LE.z aptX & aptX HD

The communication standards mentioned above work well and did not cause any problems during testing. In principle, it should not surprise anyone, because after all, the speech is about the flagship product.

Summary and evaluation

The autumn edition of the Sony flagship is definitely a better smartphone than the Xperia XZ2. Especially in terms of design itself. The Japanese noticed the defects and eliminated some of them, which makes Xperia XZ3 much better in the hand, and more convenient to use it. The smartphone is also more elegant and slimmer .

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

The greatest asset of Sony Xperia XZ3 is the OLED display packed by the manufacturer with proprietary technologies , as well as solutions taken from the competition. It all caused that the screen looks with great pleasure, the more that the software is able to dynamically improve the contrast of low-quality source materials. If we add to it still very good quality stereo speakers with active vibration system, we will get the perfect smartphone for cinema lovers on a small screen. The list of advantages is complemented by rich communication facilities with new communication standards, water tightness, wireless charging capability , the latest operating system as well as 4K video recording with HDR. The last function is something that definitely distinguishes "Soniacze" from the competition. Add to this the appropriate performance and compatibility with the PlayStation 4 system and DUALSHOCK 4 controller. Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is not a flawless smartphone, and these are quite a few considering the rich experience of the Japanese manufacturer.
Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

Sony Xperia XZ3 / fot. gsmManiaK.pl

What irritates me the most during testing is still poor camera, which performs worse than in competition , and I have the impression that at some points it is even worse than Xperia XZ2. This is a total misunderstanding for me, although I have already mentioned it, and therefore I have no intention to repeat myself. Unfortunately, compared to the predecessor, the working time on a single charging cycle also worsened, and support for fast charging technology developed by Qualcomm was removed. This makes the smartphone load too much. The ambient light sensor as well as the software trim is also extremely annoying. And although this model is not without flaws, I recommend you to buy it, because it is a true multimedia combine. And that's why I recommend it, because most of the shortcomings result from under-developed software , and this can always be improved. So give Sony a moment to get it and then make a purchase. Because it's really worth it – until I do not believe that I wrote it in the case of Sony's flagship smartphone. : D [Show_rating]