When it comes to its smartphones division, you couldn’t accuse Sony of resting on its laurels. Certainly, the business starts new phones more frequently than some people have dinners. The Xperia XZ3 follows hot on the heels of this Sony Xperia XZ2, giving Sony a stab at going up from the likes of Huawei P20 this Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 3.
We might see the Sony Xperia XZ4 instead of later. Rumors suggest it will see a release at MWC 2019, which takes place.
Such as the Xperia XZ2, the Sony Xperia XZ3 proves that the brand has really moved on in terms of design. Thanks to a stunning OLED display, a more contemporary layout and specifications, Sony feels as though it’s a fitting flagship. It is a step in the right direction although it is ready to usurp its competitions – even though it is exciting.
Sony Xperia XZ3 – Design
For approaching half a decade – Sony was clinging onto its OmniBalance design speech – with sharp borders and its intense angles. That’s practically a lifetime when it comes to tech. Just compare an iPhone 5 to anything you see today and you get an impression of how quickly tastes change.
It appears that Sony is ready to move on. Though it isn’t quite current, the Sony Xperia XZ3 feels like a modern phone. Its design has parallels with the Google Pixel of last year the Samsung Galaxy S8 along with 2.
Because the S9 has reduced those top and bottom bezels I mention not the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy S8. Placed next to smartphones like the OnePlus 6, it that the Xperia XZ3 can look a little outdated.
Thick top and bottom bezels aside, the higher screen-to-body ratio does make the XZ3 feel like a modern mobile. It stays svelte, which is a huge positive considering the unwieldy heft of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.
This is a handset that’s covered in Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear, and held together with a tough aluminium rim. It feels well made, but that glass will make it a little slippery in the hand.
One of my grievances and flip becomes evident. The fingerprint scanner is placed, slap in the centre of the rear.
It’s likely that the majority of people will find they obviously assume that the camera is, in fact, the fingerprint scanner. With the scanner so low down, you have to hold the phone lower, which is awkward
The scanner is flat with the power button on the right, which I argue is also put in an unnatural position.
All the phone’s buttons sit along the right border, which leaves it feeling unbalanced and a little active. The half homes a volume rocker, the power button sits at the middle, then towards the bottom, there’s a dedicated shutter button to the camera.
The shutter button may be half-pressed for focusing because it is on a fully fledged camera, and adds tactility for snaps. I wish the button hadn’t been physically equal to the button.
Like the XZ2 Premium, the headphone jack was omitted, however you do get a USB-C to 3.5millimeter adapter included in the box. The XZ3 supports LDAC over Bluetooth for much better quality, so audiophiles might not be quite as perturbed if they’ve compatible headphones (most versions are from Sony).
Its Dynamic Vibration System has been bundled in by sony here, and I really quite enjoy it. It gimmicky, but also kind of fun. It ramps up the vibration in line with the sound you’ve got played for some additional sensory feedback.
Actually, it’s a shame. I can imagine it’d be battery-wasting interesting while you listen to songs like the trance vibrator packs to have it. You might too go in if you’re planning to do something as this, Sony.