Sony is known to roll out new smartphone every six months, but this time, Sony delayed the Xperia Z3+ launch, comprehending that customers aren’t happy about rendering obsolete of their smartphone valued Rs 50, 000 within a few months.
In some parts of the world, the handset is sold as Xperia Z4 reasoning that the wireless carriers demand a new model to advertise and so it is sold. Xperia Z4 features some local digital TV and payment standards and there’s also a CDMA Xperia Z4 v model for Verizon in the USA. CDMA model has only a distinguished feature of wireless charging.
The shape of both Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3+ is same with rounded sides and corners, slender while the corners have a translucent sheen. And the front and back of the phone is made of smooth tempered glass. The phone comes in white, black, copper and a new Aqua Green colour which is impressive.
After a Sony press briefing in Mumbai, we spent some time with an Aqua Green unit and the subtle icy shade was quite impressive. The phone weighs 144g, although too big, but felt light. The raised glass edges that meet metal can be little scratchy in the hand. In India, the Xperia Z3+ comes with a protection of a screen protector film.
The device has an exposed Micro-USB port and even without a rubber-lined port cover the company managed to maintain its rating as IP65 and IP68 for water and dust resistance. However, Sony lays out some specific conditions governing the kind of exposure the phone should be able to withstand and duration.
The display of the smartphone has a sharpness and clarity that has 1080p, which the company claims to have used expertise from its TV division, and improved the Xperia Z3+ is adaptive brightness control that analyses and boosts contrast in parts of images on-screen that need it. But visibility suffered in daylight and it wasn’t easy to use the phone outdoors, although the viewing angles were good.
Xperia Z3+ is powered by Qualcomm’s latest octa-core Snapdragon 810 coupled with 3GB RAM along with 32GB inbuilt storage. The connectivity options include: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards along with NFC, GPS and LTE Cat6.
Even though the smartphone has a good hardware we felt the phone little sluggish and it also got hot easily at the top of the rear. We suspected that anything that would put even a mild strain on the processor seemed to cause the phone to heat up. The phone is backed by a 2930mAh battery.
Sony Xperia Z3+ has few improvements over its predecessor but nothing innovative. Sony will phase out the Xperia Z3 now that the Z3+ has been launched rather than let it fall to a lower price point. It is uncertain that Sony has abandoned its six-month cycle for good. But considering the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 are available for less, it will be difficult to sell the handset at Rs. 55,900.