Recently, the global variant of japan-only Sony Xperia Z4 was unveiled as Xperia Z3+. Featuring improved hardware and smalldesign changes, Xperia Z3+ looks like a tweaked version of last year’s flagship Xperia Z3. Normally, the plus mentioned with names highlights bigger screen size, but screen of Z3+ is the same one from Xperia Z3. Both devices look completely identical to each other, but there are small factors which create a clean line of difference.Xperia Z3 is available with online as well offline retailers, while Xperia Z3+ is set hit the shelves in the last week of June. So, let’s have a quick look on what changed and what stayedsame in Xperia Z3+? And, whether it’s healthy upgrade to pick or not!
Design and Build Quality
On the design front, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3+ look completely astonishing. Featuring an allmetal bodywithaluminum trim, both devices look really premium and similar indeed. The design of Z series smartphones has stayed consistent for a long time. But comparing to Xperia Z3, Z3+ has got some small improvements including the less fiddly caplessmicroUSB port, reduced thickness by 0.4mm and weight by 8g.The shiny and cleaner finish with similar waterproofing certification is something really noticeable about Xperia Z3+.
Whether you pick Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3+, display quality will not disappoint you by any means. Both of the devices have been equipped with the same 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with Triluminos technology, and deliver ideally exposed and saturated colors.Thus, there is no real upgrade in the display Xperia Z3+ from Xperia Z3.It’s sharp, vibrant and crisp, but going out of zone and comparing Samsung Galaxy S6 will be a simple waste of time.
On the hardware front, Xperia Z3+ packsan upgraded set ofspecificationscompared to Xperia Z3.Unlike Snapdragon 801 of last year’s flagship, Xperia Z3+ has been powered by an upgraded 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset. Being a strong performer, the 810 processor with two quad-core sets is much faster and efficient than 801.Added to this, it also consumes less amount of power, and is specifically optimized for 64-bit Android lollipop. Both devices also pack 3GB of RAM for improved functionality and minimal lags. Thus, going with Xperia Z3+ will definitely bring some added advantages from 64-bit capabilities with the upgraded chipset.
Xperia Z3 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of the box, and is upgradable to Android Lollipop via OTA update. Lollipop update onthis devicehasn’t reached everywhere yet, so Xperia Z3+ running Android Lollipop right out-of-the box is a better choice in this scenario. Improved notification system, app drawer, and customization setting is best advantage from Android Lollipop with Sony UI on the top. Thus, if you’re a big lover of core Android experience, Xperia Z3+ is the best choice to consider.
Both Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3+ feature identical rear cameras with an impressive 20.7MP sensor and capabilities toshoot 2160p videos at 30 frames per second. But, Z3+ features some added improvements in the camera app including, the all new Superior Auto+ mode capable of optimizing images by adapting according to 52 difference scenarios and Gourmet mode.
The front-facing, however is the best and biggest improvement in Xperia Z3+. Compared to the 2.2MP camera of Xperia Z3, Z3+ sports an improved 5MP camera with wide angle 25mm lens for delivering sharp, crisp, and vibrant group selfies. So, if you’re a big selfie lover, upgrading to Xperia Z3+ from Xperia Z3 would prove worthy to you!
When it comes to storage, Xperia Z3+ device packs 32GB of inbuilt storage and offers sufficient space to keep several apps and files.On the other hand, Xperia Z3 gavea choice with 16 and 32 gigs variants. Additionally, the memory on both devices can be easily expanded up to 128GB via external microSD card. So, whether you go with Xperia Z3 or Z3+, there will be more than enough space for music, apps and media files.
The battery performance Xperia Z3 has been a key highlight for core android users. The device packed a 3100mAh battery and gave two days of backup on careful usage.Xperia Z3+, on the other hand has been equipped with a smaller battery of 2930mAh. Although, the upgraded and efficient Snapdragon 810 chipset can save more amount of power with 64-bit capabilities. With full-HD display instead Quad-HD beast, battery consumption on this device will be ideal for standard users. So, if you’re dropping the idea of going with Xperia Z3+ due to smaller battery support, no need to worry as you’ll get enough to cater all your need adequately.
Talking about price bracket, Xperia Z3 has been priced around 500 Euros (Rs. 36,000 approximately), and Xperia Z3+ is expected to go on sale for an Initial price of 700 Euros (Rs. 50,000 approximately), at least for first few weeks. The actual price of Xperia Z3+ will play a big part in determining its value in front of Xperia Z3 and other high-end smartphones rolling in the market. Though, a higher price point will be a surprise from Sony.
Considering the specs and hardware upgrade, Xperia Z3+ looks like a fair deal for Sony lovers. Apart from small design improvements, upgraded chipset, and 5MP front-facing camera, there is nothing new to count on this device. So, ifyou’re a core android user with typical high-end needs, go for Xperia Z3+ else try Xperia Z3 or any other high-end smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC M9 available at the same price point.
Author Bio:The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications Sony Xperia Z3+ for the readers to make an informed buying decision.