Sony Xperia XZ3 hands-on: Keeping up with the times

Xperia XZ3

Xperia XZ3

Indeed, other than the new six-inch Quad HD+ HDR OLED display, which now curves over the edges, the two phones are physically similar. The handset is packed with impressive specs and it is the first phone to come preloaded with Android 9 Pie. But there's nothing ground-breaking about the Xperia XZ3, except for a few noteworthy upgrades. It is equipped with a 7000-series aluminum frame that increases the durability of the phone. The Side sense feature uses AI to detect taps and swipes on the new curved edges of the OLED panel. That 6-inch OLED display outputs at QHD+ resolution (1440 x 2880) and supports HDR as well, so it sounds like it'll look great. Sony says the flagship smartphone will launch in "selected markets" at the end of September. The Xperia XZ3 measures 158 x 73 x 9.9mm, while it weighs 193 grams. The Xperia XZ3 is also IP65/68 rated. It has a native UFS 2.1 storage of 64 GB.

Around the front, we'll find a 13MP camera, and the whole device will run on a 3,300mAh battery. The Xperia XZ3 does come with a glass back, and Sony has made a decision to take advantage of that, as the device does support Qi wireless charging, and is compatible with pretty much any Qi-supported wireless charging pad out there. The Xperia XZ3 is fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, the most powerful processor Qualcomm has to offer. A power / lock key is included on the right-hand side of this phone, along with a physical camera switch, while the phone's volume up and down buttons sit on the left-hand side of the Xperia XZ3. The front sees a 13-megapixel sensor with wide-angle lens.

Both phones also have sizable bezels above and below the screen, rather than a notch, but they are at least put to somewhat good use, as both handsets sport front-facing stereo speakers (though they're apparently 20% louder on the XZ3), while one thing that neither handset has is a 3.5mm headphone port.

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The device also features the haptic based Dynamic Vibration System introduced to the XZ2, that adds vibration to audio such as music, movies and games.

We'll let you know whether the XZ3's snapper is better in practice once we've put it through a full review. Share us your thoughts by posting your comments below. The pricing of the Xperia XZ3 hasn't been revealed, which would determine whether choosing OLED works in Sony's favour.

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