Sony has announced the upcoming release of the Sony Xperia Z3 + or Z3 Plus . A device that improves the characteristics of the Sony Xperia Z3 in some important points. For example, we have a thinner and lighter design, an eight-core processor from Qualcomm or the inclusion of the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system as standard.All this while maintaining the basic lines of the design of the previous terminal and with the same 5.2-inch screen with Full HD resolution. At the moment we do not have official data on the price or the launch date of the team in Spain, although it is expected to be sometime in the summer. We tell you all the characteristics of this equipment through a thorough analysis.
Design and display
The fundamental lines of the Sony Xperia Z3 + design are maintained with respect to the previous generation. The Japanese company uses a combination of aluminum in the terminal housing and glass in the front, with four different configurations: in bronze, aluminum, white and black . One of the points that has been improved is the finesse, with a body almost half a centimeter thinner that stands at 6.9 millimeters. Meanwhile, the weight of this model is placed at 144 grams. For the rest, we will enjoy the characteristic circular button to turn the screen on and off on one of the sides of the model. All with the IP68 certificationwhich protects this phone from dust and water. In fact, we can submerge this device for a while in water without damaging it. Of course, it must be taken into account that salty sea water is corrosive and that it is necessary to dry the terminal well after it gets wet.
As for the smartphone screen, it again opts for a 5.2-inch panel with Triluminos technology and X-Reality engine (a technology that it shares with Sony televisions ). This panel has a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which brings us a level of detail of 423 dots per inch. By the way, we would like to highlight the high luminosity of up to 700 nits that favors its use on a sunny day.
The photographic section continues to be one of the great spearheads of Sony terminals and the Xperia Z3 + is no exception. The 20.7-megapixel resolution is repeated on the rear, although a 25mm wide-angle sensor is used to capture better photos. To get all the juice out of this camera, we have a very complete set of Sony functions and apps . It is recommended to use the expert mode for those users who already have some knowledge of this field. In addition, to have a laugh and get very original creations we have the augmented reality modes. This camera is also capable of recording4K ultra high resolution video of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, a very interesting option if we already have a state-of-the-art television with this level of detail. A 5 megapixel selfie camera with HDR mode is integrated on the front to enhance photos taken in low light conditions.
Memory and power
In the bowels of the Sony Xperia Z3 + a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 eight-core processor with 64-bit architecture debuts . This chip is rated at 2 GHz on four of the cores and 1.5 GHz on the remaining four cores. This processor is combined with a 3 GB RAM memory to run a large number of applications at the same time without slowing down the performance of the terminal. As for its internal memory, it goes up to 32 GB. This capacity can be expanded by another 128 GB via a MicroSD memory card.
Operating system and applications
The operating system with which the Sony Xperia Z3 + comes standard is the latest version of Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system . This platform has been updated with a new, more colorful and agile interface, which is quite reminiscent of the general design of iOS. Among the novelties we find improvements in the use of the camera app or in switching between open applications. In addition, a feature has been deployed to know the charging time that the phone has left to have a full battery. Another tool that receives important improvements is Google Now,that every time offers us more complete and refined information. Apart from these changes, the great attraction of Android is access to a large number of applications and games through its official store, with more than a million and a half titles available.
Sony incorporates its own layer of software to personalize the use of the smartphone. This layer brings us different tools designed to take advantage of the synergies between the different Sony teams , such as their televisions and especially their PlayStation consoles .
It could not be otherwise. The Sony Xperia Z3 + supports high-speed 4G networks with up to 150 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload. This type of network has become an important attraction in Spain due to its rapid deployment in recent years. In those places where coverage does not reach the Z3 + is capable of connecting to HSPA + networks and we can also take advantage of the home WiFi network to save on mobile data. Nor could this model be missing Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity to synchronize the smartphone with compatible devices such as smart watches and bracelets. Connections are completed with NFC, DLNA and GPS to locate ourselves anywhere and navigate with apps like Google Maps.
Autonomy, price and opinions
The battery in this terminal amounts to 2,930 milliamps . According to official Sony data , this phone will give us up to 17 hours of conversation, 91 hours of music playback or almost 10 hours of video playback. Also, thanks to Stamina modethat the brand has deployed we can multiply up to 4 times the duration of the battery charge. At the moment we do not have official data on the price or the official release date of this model, although it is expected to reach the Spanish market throughout the summer. In short, a renewed version of the Sony Xperia Z3 with an excellent set of features to compete with the big launches of other brands. However, this team runs the risk of not raising much enthusiasm among its followers since it does not bring too many changes compared to the previous Xperia Z (an error in which Sony is falling again and again by shortening the time between launches too much ).
Sony Xperia Z3 Plus
|Model||Xperia Z3 Plus (Z3 +)|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions||146 x 72 x 6.9 mm|
|Waterproof||Yes, IP65 / IP68|
|Video||4K 2160p @ 30fps|
FullHD 1080p @ 60 fps
HD 720p @ 120 fps
|Features||Exmor RS BSI Sensor|
Face and smile detector
Sony camera apps (AR Filter, Social Live, Timeburst Shift ...)
Steady Shot Image Stabilizer
|Front camera||5.1 megapixels|
Exmor RS BSI Sensor
|Formats||BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP, 3GPP, MP4, Matroska, AVI, Xvid, WebM, 3GPP, MP4, ADTS, AMR, DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Matroska, SMF, XMF, Mobile XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX , iMelody, MP3, WAV, OGG and ASF|
Sony 3D Surround Sound Technology (VPT)
Clear Audio +, Clear Bass, Clear Phase and Clear Stereo
|Features||Remote control for PS4|
Sony WALKMAN player
Dictation and voice recording
|Operating system||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop|
|Extra applications||Google Apps|
Xperia Apps (Stamina mode, Sony Entertainment Network, Play Memories)
|CPU processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core @ 2 / 1.5 GHz|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||Adreno 430|
|Internal memory||32 Gb|
|Extension||Yes, with 128 Gb MicroSD card|
|Mobile Network||3G / 4G|
|Wifi||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n|
|GPS location||GPS - Glonass|
|Connector||MicroUSB 2.0 + MHL|
|Audio||3.5 mm minijack|
|Bands||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Others||Create WiFi zone|
Quick charge (60% in 30 minutes)
|Standby duration||590 hours|
|Duration in use||17 hours of conversation|
91 hours of music playback
580 minutes of video playback
|Release date||Summer 2015|