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 34 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...


Photography Blog

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is a smartphone which can produce some good images, but it’s not one that is likely to be at the top of most people’s wishlists – aside from those who are particularly fond of the Sony brand.

- Amy Davies, Photography Blog
DxOMark

In good conditions, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is capable of capturing images with good exposure, pleasant color, and high levels of detail. However, the single-lens setup and a lack of sophisticated computational imaging methods means that in more challenging situations, the Sony gets to its limits quicke...

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
GSMArena

If you look at it as a mid-ranger and don't especially value software snappiness in your phone, it's a good choice. There's just nothing mind-blowing about it, and we can't help but feel that Sony is intent on basically performing a magic trick with this device, drawing your attention away from the...

- GSMArena
Android Authority

While Sony's sensors are praised by the whole industry, it takes more to make an overall good smartphone camera. The Sony Xperia XZ3 can take some nice shots, but nothing stands out over the competition.

- Edgar Cervantes, Android Authority
G Style Magazine

Over the time I used the Xperia XZ3, it felt premium, battery life is good and the screen was fantastic. I think it’s better than most screens on a smartphone except for maybe the Galaxy series phones which I would debate you about. Watching content on this phone or even just looking at the screen y...

- Mike Bitter, G Style Magazine


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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
More
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Critic Reviews


Photography Blog

For those who are particularly loyal to Sony

from Photography Blog

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is a smartphone which can produce some good images, but it’s not one that is likely to be at the top of most people’s wishlists – aside from those who are particularly fond of the Sony brand.

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The Sony Xperia XZ3 is a smartphone which can produce some good images, but it’s not one that is likely to be at the top of most people’s wishlists – aside from those who are particularly fond of the Sony brand.

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DxOMark

Cannot quite compete with the best smartphones

from DxOMark

In good conditions, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is capable of capturing images with good exposure, pleasant color, and high levels of detail. However, the single-lens setup and a lack of sophisticated computational imaging methods means that in more challenging situations, the Sony gets to its limits qui...More

In good conditions, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is capable of capturing images with good exposure, pleasant color, and high levels of detail. However, the single-lens setup and a lack of sophisticated computational imaging methods means that in more challenging situations, the Sony gets to its limits quicker than some of its competitors with more lenses and/or more powerful imaging software.

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GSMArena

Not good enough for the flagship price that was being asked for it

If you look at it as a mid-ranger and don't especially value software snappiness in your phone, it's a good choice. There's just nothing mind-blowing about it, and we can't help but feel that Sony is intent on basically performing a magic trick with this device, drawing your attention away from t...More

If you look at it as a mid-ranger and don't especially value software snappiness in your phone, it's a good choice. There's just nothing mind-blowing about it, and we can't help but feel that Sony is intent on basically performing a magic trick with this device, drawing your attention away from the fundamentals and onto nice sounding features and perks that almost anyone can, in fact, live without.

Read full review

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Android Authority

Great sensors, not so great cameras

from Android Authority

While Sony's sensors are praised by the whole industry, it takes more to make an overall good smartphone camera. The Sony Xperia XZ3 can take some nice shots, but nothing stands out over the competition.

Read full review

While Sony's sensors are praised by the whole industry, it takes more to make an overall good smartphone camera. The Sony Xperia XZ3 can take some nice shots, but nothing stands out over the competition.

Read full review

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G Style Magazine

A stand-up, good quality phone

from G Style Magazine

Over the time I used the Xperia XZ3, it felt premium, battery life is good and the screen was fantastic. I think it’s better than most screens on a smartphone except for maybe the Galaxy series phones which I would debate you about. Watching content on this phone or even just looking at the scr...More

Over the time I used the Xperia XZ3, it felt premium, battery life is good and the screen was fantastic. I think it’s better than most screens on a smartphone except for maybe the Galaxy series phones which I would debate you about. Watching content on this phone or even just looking at the screen you can’t help but be amazed at just how bright and crisp that OLED really is. The camera was also really good.

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Android Guys

Great with a few compromises

from Android Guys

Although the Xperia XZ3 is a bit bulkier than we would have liked, the device still offers a great experience. However, the biggest turnoff may end up being the price tag, as the XZ3 comes in at $899. If you can get past that, then you may end up pleasantly surprised.

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Although the Xperia XZ3 is a bit bulkier than we would have liked, the device still offers a great experience. However, the biggest turnoff may end up being the price tag, as the XZ3 comes in at $899. If you can get past that, then you may end up pleasantly surprised.

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What Mobile

An impressive device

What you’re getting is a premium flagship handset that will no doubt make you happy once you get the hang of its quirks. It has a beautiful design that you’ll be happy to slap on the table at the pub.

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What you’re getting is a premium flagship handset that will no doubt make you happy once you get the hang of its quirks. It has a beautiful design that you’ll be happy to slap on the table at the pub.

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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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Notebookcheck

A great smartphone that looks and feels different than many of its competitors

from Notebookcheck

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is suitable for almost any task. The device takes good photos and has solid system performance. Our test device also handles complex apps and games well too. The one-handed mode is hit or miss, particularly as we frequently activated it while just picking the device up.

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The Sony Xperia XZ3 is suitable for almost any task. The device takes good photos and has solid system performance. Our test device also handles complex apps and games well too. The one-handed mode is hit or miss, particularly as we frequently activated it while just picking the device up.

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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.

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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.

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