- Analysis by KJ David
The third iteration of Sony's photography-driven Xperia XZ series, the XZ3, happens to be one of the brand's most-advanced Android smartphones as of this specs-based review, touting a 6-inch OLED display with a premium-tier 2880 x 1440 QHD+ resolution, support for HDR content (with HDR up-conversion at the ready) , and a dynamic vibration system, consequently bringing to mind some of the best phablets on the market.
Its crisp display notwithstanding, our keen eye for pros and cons caught a couple of weak points here and there. For starters, it starts out with only 64GB of native UFS memory , whereas a lot of similarly-specked 2018 models boast 128GB or even 256GB native storage capacities. It does, however, have room for a whopping 512GB's worth of top-up storage . Another rather questionable spec is its 4GB-only RAM , since it flounders in comparison to the 6GB or 8GB RAM counts boasted by a few competing models that run on similar processors. Speaking of processor, the Xperia XZ3 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz (top speed) 64-bit octa-core processor , making it one of the fastest smartphones around when it hit the market.
Apart from its relatively modest (by 2018 flagship standards) storage and RAM, we also flagged this Xperia model's 3330mAh battery capacity as a slight con, if only because several tantamount 6-inchers featured here on Phonerated lug 4000mAh cells under the hood. That said, it does infuse its battery with things like Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Qi-standard wireless charging, and STAMINA Mode .
As for its other pros, the XZ3 boasts a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera that looks to plug it into our list of the best smartphones for photography. Its features include a 4K HDR video-recording mode, a Super Slow Motion mode that captures slow-mo videos at a whopping 960fps , and what Sony calls predictive hybrid autofocus, the latter promising a focus time of only 0.03 seconds. Up front, it touts a respectable 13-megapixel selfie camera decked out with SteadyShot (5-axis stabilization) .
Several more of its pros and cons include a mix of some of Sony's signature audio technologies like ClearAudio+, a Gorilla Glass 5 panel combined with an IP65/58-rated water-resistant housing, and color options like Bordeaux Red and Forest Green. So, with all that said, the Sony Xperia XZ3 obviously caters to multimedia enthusiasts and users who value photography/videography the most.
** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ3
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