You couldn’t accuse Sony of resting on its laurels when it comes to its smart phones division. The business starts new phones more frequently than some people have hot peppers. The Xperia XZ3 follows hot on the heels of this Sony Xperia XZ2, giving Sony a stab at going up from the likes of Google Pixel 3, Huawei P20 and this Samsung Galaxy S9.
We might also observe the Sony Xperia XZ4 instead of later. Rumors suggest it’ll see a release at MWC 2019, which takes place in Barcelona towards the of February.
Such as the Xperia XZ2, the Sony Xperia XZ3 proves that the brand has truly moved on in terms of design. Thanks to the gorgeous OLED screen, a more contemporary layout and top specifications, Sony feels like it has a fitting flagship. It is prepared to usurp its competitions but it’s a big step in the ideal direction – even though it is thrilling.
Sony Xperia XZ3 – Design
Sony had been clinging onto its OmniBalance design language – using its intense angles and sharp edges – for approaching half a decade. That a lifetime when it comes to tech. Just compare an iPhone 5 to anything you see now and you get an impression of just how quickly tastes change.
Thankfully, it appears that Sony is ready to proceed. Although it isn’t quite current the Sony Xperia XZ3 feels like a contemporary phone. Its design has strong parallels with the Google Pixel of last year the Samsung Galaxy S8 along with 2.
Because the S9 has reduced people top and bottom bezels, I mention that the Galaxy S8, rather than the newer Galaxy S9. Placed alongside smartphones such as the OnePlus 6, it’s in this regard that the Xperia XZ3 can still seem a little dated.
Slightly top and bottom bezels aside, the screen-to-body ratio that is higher does make the XZ3 feel like a more modern mobile. It stays svelte, which is a massive positive thinking about this Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium’s heft.
This is a handset that’s coated in Gorilla Glass 5, both rear and front, and held together with a aluminium rim. It feels well made, but that glass will make it a little slippery in the hand.
Flip and one of my grievances becomes apparent. The fingerprint scanner is placed, slap in the centre of their rear.
It’s likely that the majority of people will find they assume the camera is, in actuality, the fingerprint scanner. Together with the scanner so low down, you have to hold the phone
The scanner is level with the power button on the right, which I assert is also put in an unnatural position.
Each one the phone’s buttons sit along the edge, which leaves it feeling somewhat busy and unbalanced. The half homes a volume rocker, the aforementioned power button sits at the center, then towards the base, there’s a dedicated shutter button to the camera.
The shutter button can be half-pressed for focusing because it is on a totally enclosed camera and provides tactility for snaps. I want the button had not been equal to the power button.
Like the XZ2 Premium, the headphone jack was omitted, but you do get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter included in the box. The XZ3 supports LDAC over Bluetooth for better quality, so audiophiles may 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 quite like it. It sort of fun, but also gimmicky. It ramps up the haptic vibration in accord with the sound you’ve got played for some extra feedback.
Actually, it’s a shame. I can imagine it would be fun while you listen to songs, almost like the trance vibrator packs for anyone who recalls the game Rez to have it. You may too go all in, if you are going to get something like this, Sony as gimmicky.