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Sony Xperia Z3+ - Life Without Compromise

Sony Xperia Z3+ - Life Without Compromise
Sony’s biannual flagship launch was a curious strategy to keep users interested in the latest tech. On some levels it made sense because users that have been holding on to their phones a couple of years want the latest tech when they are ready to buy. Most likely they won’t wait around until the next flagship comes, thus Sony’s idea of always having the newest smartphone sound reasonable. On the other hand, many were wondering whether technology is able to offer something new in such a short time span. Is Xperia Z3+ a worthwhile upgrade? Let’s take a closer look!

Sony Xperia Z3+


Sony’s squared-off design remains largely unchanged, however more and more users are looking for a breath of freshness on contemporary flagships. Sony was one of the first companies to use premium materials such as metal and glass, yet their design innovation is at a standstill in recent times. Only slight cosmetic changes are made from generation to generation, noticeable only to reviewers and hardcore Sony fans. Noticeable changes on Z3+ include nylon corners to protect against accidental drops, lack of flap covering the Micro USB port, and a slightly slimmer profile measuring in at 6.9mm. Z3+ also retains IP68 certification allowing you to go for a run even on rainy days.

Sony Xperia Z3+


Instead of entering the resolution race everyone else seems to be participating in, Sony wisely decided to keep Xperia’s screen pumping out a steady 1080 x 1920 pixels for a total density of 428ppi. Bigger resolution is the natural progression in technology and we don’t have anything against it, but it doesn’t make everything before it obsolete, especially on a 5.2-inch screen. The pixels are already packed so tight, it takes an electron microscope to tell them apart. Colours, contrast, and brightness are absolutely breath-taking on Sony’s flagships and Z3+ doesn’t do things any different.

Sony Xperia Z3+


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 was a huge topic of discussion when it started appearing in various smartphones. Many users reported issues with overheating and even performance throttling so naturally we were worried when Sony decided to use it on Z3+. Our tests revealed that Z3+ does get hot, but to a manageable level, at least in our case. For the extra heat however you end up with performance that blasts everything else to smithereens. Demanding games such as Asphalt, Riptide GP, and Real Racing aren’t even a challenge. On the software side, Z3+ runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop featuring light customization not hampering performance and Sony even included brilliant features such as PS4 Remote Play. Remote Play allows users to use their phone screen as a regular display over wireless so they can enjoy PlayStation games in every room. Just imagine lounging in your garden on a sunny day and playing latest games on Z3+’s exceptionally bright screen. Internal memory comes in at 32GB and can further be expanded via a microSD card. Ensuring silky smooth performance alongside Snapdragon 810 are 3GB of RAM and Adreno 430 GPU. Sony’s 20.7-megapixel main sensor captures ample amounts of detail with satisfactory results and its 5.1-megapixel sensor is perfect for selfies.
 

Sony Xperia Z3+


On the face of it, it didn’t seem like Z3+ will be able to offer much more than its predecessor, yet it surprised us on multiple occasions. Subtle visual differences might not be enough to persuade anyone into splashing a large amount of money, but once you experience its blistering performance, there is simply no turning back!
 

 


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