Sony Xperia XZ3 in hands-on: Japan’s answer to the Galaxy S9
The Japanese manufacturer has presented at the Berlin fair its new phone which allows it to compete in the high range.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 and its Compact offshoot began a journey into the future for Sony Mobile. This journey now reaches its next stop with the Xperia XZ3. The Ambient Flow design language has been refined and the necessary optimization of the software including the integration of new technologies has finally been implemented in the new Xperia XZ3. In our first hands-on test of the Sony Xperia XZ3, we’ll show you whether Sony is finally operating at eye level in all aspects with Samsung, Huawei, and Co.
Everything finally fits together
For a long time you have smiled at Sony, either because of the stubborn clinging to a somewhat dusty design, or even that one does not manage to get out of his image sensors the optimum in quality and so by his customers called Samsung, Apple, Google and Huawei is presented , But those who have used the Sony smartphones for years and lived with these peculiarities will notice that Sony Mobile has been on the way to transformation since at least the XZ Premium . The brand new Xperia XZ3 is just another proof that Sony is changing.
The radical shift in design from Omnibalance to Ambient Flow is the most visible sign that Sony has taken another hurdle on the path to a new future. Unfortunately, the Xperia XZ2, the first Sony Mobile smartphone in a modern dress, has a lot to criticize. The smartphone was heavy, the display bezel does not match the modern dress and the fingerprint sensor is an ergonomic hell that has been halfway internalized after several months of use. Unfortunately, just the last criticism of the Xperia XZ2 Xperia XZ3 was not addressed.
But after all, Sony spits out the Xperia XZ3 in terms of weight and missed the smartphone a less bulbous back, which leaves me personally with the impression that the XZ3 is better in the hand. If you turn on the Xperia XZ3, then another element catches your eye, which harmoniously blends into the ambient flow design of the Xperia smartphones of modern times: the display corners. These are now round like many other smartphones in 2018.
Sure, you rarely look at the corners, but it bothered me a bit with the Xperia XZ2. Much more exciting for the general public is the fact that Sony has installed an OLED display in an Xperia smartphone for the first time. The 6-inch panel is even bent sideways and you could already suspect that a Samsung panel was installed here.
In addition to these apparent major optical changes, minor accents that distinguish the Xperia XZ3 from the XZ2 are hidden. So there’s a little notch, but before the notch haters scream loudly leave the article here, I give the all clear. The notch is really small and sits on the back and forms a transition from the aluminum frame above the USB Type-C connector.
A display to fall in love with
Back to the display. Whether the new OLED panel now comes from Samsung, can not say at the current time. More important than the manufacturer of the panel, however, is that Sony Mobile finally pulls together with the TV division on the same strand. In addition, the Japanese group justifies the use of IPS with better visibility in bright environments, while OLEDs have their strengths more for dark scenes as well as the environment.
And so really are the black values and the colors are shown alive. Of course, the display of the Xperia XZ3 according to Sony for HDR content is already designed.
Thanks to the laterally curved display, Sony also gives the Xperia XZ3 a new feature, unfortunately only with a confusing name: SideSense. Unlike Active Edge on Google or HTC Edge Sense, Sony’s SideSense is not integrated with the smartphone. Much more, you use the curved sides of the display to perform actions. Single or double tap on these display zones trigger actions such as the camera or voice assistant. Nice gimmick, which works quite well on the non-final devices, but if that really adds value, you have to look at it in a long-term test.
Old camera with new software
Finally, Sony has heard my calls and the camera app finally not only revised but designed from scratch. However, the hardware continues to be the Xperia XZ2, a 19 MP Exmor R sensor capable of recording Super Slow Motion video at 960 FPS. Gone are the days with confusing apps in the camera app and illogical settings.
When you start the app, it feels a bit like Sony was inspired to develop the software from Samsung. But compared to the still in the XZ2 Premium used camera app that is a huge leap. Regarding features and features, there is nothing new in the app.
Interesting is the new snapshot function. Even if the Xperia XZ3 still has a dedicated camera shutter button and you can start with the help of this, the camera synonymous from standby, so Sony has thought it is synonymous faster. By lifting the smartphone in a horizontal position, the camera starts automatically and, as at the beginning of a James Bond trailer, shows a round opening with the camera image. a simple tap is enough and the picture ends up in the picture folder of the Xperia XZ3.
If that’s not enough as a gimmick, you can already prepare yourself for the fact that 3D head scans on Sony smartphones will soon master even small animations such as winking and smiling. Although this feature will not be available until the launch, it will be redelivered later for the camera app.
Sony Xperia XZ3: Specifications
|DIMENSIONS:||158 x 80 x 11.9 mm|
|BATTERY CAPACITY:||3540 mAh|
|DISPLAY SIZE:||5.8 inches|
|SCREEN:||3840 x 2160 pixels (760 ppi)|
|CAMERA FRONT:||13 megapixels|
|REAR CAMERA:||19 megapixels|
|ANDROID:||8.0 – Oreo|
|USER INTERFACE:||Xperia UI|
|INTERNAL MEMORY:||64 GB|
|CHIPSET:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|NUMBER OF CORES:||8th|
|MAX. TIMING:||2.45 GHz|
|CONNECTIVITY:||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0|