Sony Xperia XZ3

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The Sony Xperia XZ3 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

While it might not provide the best camera on the market, the Sony Xperia XZ3 combines a range of capable features into one stylish bundle.

What's good

  • Beautiful design
  • Amazing display
  • Smooth performance
  • IP 65/68 waterproofing

What's bad

  • Poor fingerprint sensor placement
  • Average battery life
  • Good camera -- but not as good as the competition

Sony might not be a leader in the Android market, but that hasn’t kept the company from churning out high-end phones every six months. The Xperia XZ3 isn’t a huge leap from the XZ2 , but does it offer a solid upgrade to their last release? 

The XZ2 was a huge departure from previous iterations and while the XZ3 doesn’t stray too much, reviewers called it “stunning.” It comes in five different color options, but all include IP65/68 waterproofing as well as glass front and rear. 

The edges are much softer than previous models, making it more comfortable to grip. But the glass means it’s slippery and a fingerprint magnet. While thicker than other smartphones, it’s thinner than the XZ2 and weighs only 193 grams (0.42 lbs). 

While it might look great, the overall layout isn’t perfect. Many found the fingerprint sensor too low, which often led to them accidentally placing their finger on the camera lens instead. 

Perhaps the biggest difference between the XZ3 and its competitors is its lack of a notch. Instead, Sony kept the blackout bars above and below the screen. While it might make the phone a little tall (6.22 inches), it provides a more immersive viewing experience overall.

Speaking of the viewing experience, the 6-inch OLED display provides excellent sharpness thanks to its 2960-by-1440 resolution. 

As expected of OLED, the blacks are dark and inky while the colors are vibrant and punchy. When critics compared it side-by-side to similarly priced flagships, they discovered that it was sharper than the iPhone X with more realistic colors than the Samsung Galaxy S9 . TechRadar called it, “the best smartphone screen ever made.”

There are no issues with performance either. The Xperia XZ3 comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM. While less than other smartphones in its price range, experts had no issues with navigating the phone’s menus or opening apps. Games and other processor-intensive apps worked seamlessly with no hiccups.

Battery life was average. Reviewers hit a full day’s worth of use from the 3,330mAh battery during moderate to heavy use. The phone also has fast charging, allowing a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.

While other companies are opting for a dual-lens rear camera, Sony stayed with a 19MP single-lens rear camera -- the same lens used on the XZ1 . Despite this, it surprised reviewers with the improvements on offer compared to earlier models. They noticed much better image quality overall -- especially in regard to low-light performance. 

With that said, when compared to cameras found on flagship phones like the iPhone XS and Google Pixel 2, it lags behind. In good lighting situations, it takes excellent pictures, yet experts noticed it struggles with dynamic range, often blowing out the highlights.

In medium-to-low light, they found grain creeping in sooner when compared to other phones like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 .

Overall, reviewers were happy with the XZ3 despite its high price tag. Engadget states, “The Xperia XZ3 is a pretty, powerful flagship phone... You’re not going to be disappointed if you do spring for the XZ3…” Pocket-Lint adds, “The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the Xperia flagship we’ve been waiting a very long time to see.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.7 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
19+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Headlines

The Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s best phone yet, representing the absolute cream-of-the-crop design from Sony’s team, a fantastic new OLED display, amazing front-facing speakers, ultra high-quality sound output, and one of the best versions of Android 9 Pie available.

- Nick Sutrich, Android Headlines
Android Central

Sony's Xperia XZ3 nails the fundamentals with a beautiful OLED screen, outstanding performance and battery life, a decent camera, and plenty of charm. But at $900, it's too expensive.

- Daniel Bader, Android Central
Phone Scoop

It's the most gorgeous piece of hardware to come from the company and it's as well-made as you expect for a phone at this level. The glass and metal form a smooth, luscious shell around the powerful silicon inside. You'll find an outstanding display, solid call quality, decent LTE performance, and b...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Venture Beat

The XZ3’s bezels are a bit too thick; Edge Sense doesn’t work consistently; and there’s far too much bloatware onboard. At $899, I’d expect more capable cameras and a revamped design, or at the very least a highly compelling software experience. But the XZ3 offers none of those.

- Kyle Wiggers, Venture Beat
TrustedReviews

Ultimately, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is a competent flagship phone. It’s just a little difficult to feel particularly excited by it. It certainly gets plenty right, helping to bring Sony in line with its rivals. Plus, the move to OLED is a positive one. However, the device feels dated already. Ultimately...

- Richard Easton, TrustedReviews


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia XZ3 on October 5, 2018.


The Xperia XZ3 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia XZ3 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia XZ3 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia XZ3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia XZ3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6"

The Sony Xperia XZ3's screen size is 6 inches with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
19+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3330mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3330 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1600 minutes, 650 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia XZ3 Specs

Overview
Release date October 5, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.868 W/kg
Body: 1.070 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3330 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 630 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 650 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 461 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Black, White Silver, Forest Green, Bordeaux Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.3 x 0.99 cm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 193 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Pixel density 537 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Triluminos display, X-Reality Engine
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
19+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Android Headlines

The right mix of new and tried-and-true

from Android Headlines

The Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s best phone yet, representing the absolute cream-of-the-crop design from Sony’s team, a fantastic new OLED display, amazing front-facing speakers, ultra high-quality sound output, and one of the best versions of Android 9 Pie available.

Read full review

The Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s best phone yet, representing the absolute cream-of-the-crop design from Sony’s team, a fantastic new OLED display, amazing front-facing speakers, ultra high-quality sound output, and one of the best versions of Android 9 Pie available.

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Android Central

A smartphone that's good at almost everything

from Android Central

Sony's Xperia XZ3 nails the fundamentals with a beautiful OLED screen, outstanding performance and battery life, a decent camera, and plenty of charm. But at $900, it's too expensive.

Read full review

Sony's Xperia XZ3 nails the fundamentals with a beautiful OLED screen, outstanding performance and battery life, a decent camera, and plenty of charm. But at $900, it's too expensive.

Read full review

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Phone Scoop

Sony's best-ever phone

from Phone Scoop

It's the most gorgeous piece of hardware to come from the company and it's as well-made as you expect for a phone at this level. The glass and metal form a smooth, luscious shell around the powerful silicon inside. You'll find an outstanding display, solid call quality, decent LTE performance, an...More

It's the most gorgeous piece of hardware to come from the company and it's as well-made as you expect for a phone at this level. The glass and metal form a smooth, luscious shell around the powerful silicon inside. You'll find an outstanding display, solid call quality, decent LTE performance, and battery life that's on par with other phones in this class. I'm glad the XZ3 is waterproof, though I'm bummed there's no headphone jack.

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Venture Beat

Not worth the price of admission

from Venture Beat

The XZ3’s bezels are a bit too thick; Edge Sense doesn’t work consistently; and there’s far too much bloatware onboard. At $899, I’d expect more capable cameras and a revamped design, or at the very least a highly compelling software experience. But the XZ3 offers none of those.

Read full review

The XZ3’s bezels are a bit too thick; Edge Sense doesn’t work consistently; and there’s far too much bloatware onboard. At $899, I’d expect more capable cameras and a revamped design, or at the very least a highly compelling software experience. But the XZ3 offers none of those.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

A big step in the right direction

from TrustedReviews

Ultimately, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is a competent flagship phone. It’s just a little difficult to feel particularly excited by it. It certainly gets plenty right, helping to bring Sony in line with its rivals. Plus, the move to OLED is a positive one. However, the device feels dated already. Ultim...More

Ultimately, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is a competent flagship phone. It’s just a little difficult to feel particularly excited by it. It certainly gets plenty right, helping to bring Sony in line with its rivals. Plus, the move to OLED is a positive one. However, the device feels dated already. Ultimately, the Xperia XZ3 does little to really stand out from the crowd.

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AndroidPIT

A great phone, except for one thing

from AndroidPIT

The large 6-inch OLED display makes it a smartphone well suited for multimedia content, i. e. to watch videos in high definition but also for gamers thanks to powerful hardware. The design has evolved, so has the photo aspect. Unfortunately, its poor battery life really spoils an otherwise perfec...More

The large 6-inch OLED display makes it a smartphone well suited for multimedia content, i. e. to watch videos in high definition but also for gamers thanks to powerful hardware. The design has evolved, so has the photo aspect. Unfortunately, its poor battery life really spoils an otherwise perfect picture, if you are an intensive user you will have to go out with an external power bank.

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Daily Express

Sony displays why its smartphones can be great again

from Daily Express

There’s no question that the XZ3 is a seriously solid device. The screen is unbelievably good and it features an abundance of power to get you through your daily digital life. There’s also a decent camera, loud speakers and a design that will certainly turn a few heads when you pull it from your pocket.

Read full review

There’s no question that the XZ3 is a seriously solid device. The screen is unbelievably good and it features an abundance of power to get you through your daily digital life. There’s also a decent camera, loud speakers and a design that will certainly turn a few heads when you pull it from your pocket.

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Coolsmartphone

A good phone with amazing screen

from Coolsmartphone

The XZ3 has proved to be a very good flagship in late 2018, with a great design and specs to back it up. Whilst the screen impresses, the camera is still the same as before which has mixed results. Plus that placement of the fingerprint sensor is so annoying it really does take away from the overall experience.

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The XZ3 has proved to be a very good flagship in late 2018, with a great design and specs to back it up. Whilst the screen impresses, the camera is still the same as before which has mixed results. Plus that placement of the fingerprint sensor is so annoying it really does take away from the overall experience.

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Tom's Guide

Middling cameras and average performance for the price

from Tom's Guide

In the grand scheme of things, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is a serviceable premium smartphone with a gorgeous OLED display, top-tier hardware and build quality and the latest version of Android onboard. But serviceable isn't good enough when you're spending just shy of a grand.

Read full review

In the grand scheme of things, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is a serviceable premium smartphone with a gorgeous OLED display, top-tier hardware and build quality and the latest version of Android onboard. But serviceable isn't good enough when you're spending just shy of a grand.

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T3

A quality Android flagship with stunning Bravia-engineered display

from T3

Sony delivers an Android phone in the Sony Xperia XZ3 that is a near all-round technical showcase. The new Bravia-engineered OLED screen is stunning, the internal hardware powerful, and the build quality incredibly premium. A little of the Xperia character has been lost in the Samsung Galaxy S9-s...More

Sony delivers an Android phone in the Sony Xperia XZ3 that is a near all-round technical showcase. The new Bravia-engineered OLED screen is stunning, the internal hardware powerful, and the build quality incredibly premium. A little of the Xperia character has been lost in the Samsung Galaxy S9-style new design, though, and the camera system is beaten by Sony's own XZ2 Premium, which is an older device, as well as some rivals camera systems, too.

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