Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact Launched in India

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact Launched in India
Sony has launched the Xperia Z3 (Review | Pictures) and Xperia Z3 Compact (Pictures) in India, priced Rs. 51,990 and Rs. 44,990 respectively. The smartphones will be available from Thursday. Both smartphones feature IP65/68 certification, which makes them dust-proof and waterproof. Sony says both smartphones have 4G LTE support for Indian bands.

Both smartphones also feature PS4 Remote Play, which allows users to stream their PS4 games onto the smartphone over the home Wi-Fi network - this functionality will only be rolled out in November. Sony says a DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and GCM10 Game Control Mount will be required to play games.

(Also see: Sony Xperia Z3 Review: The Pursuit of Refinement)

Sony is also bundling 3 months free downloads on Sony Music JIVE, 3 Hollywood movies free download from Privilege Movies, and 3 months Bigflix Subscription with both smartphones. The SmartWatch 3 and SmartTalk were announced for a December launch in India, however, no pricing has been provided.

First unveiled at its pre-IFA 2014 event, the Xperia Z3 comes with 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Triluminos display and is backed by X-Reality mobile picture engine.The new flagship also retains the 20.7-megapixel autofocus rear camera of its predecessor. The rear camera is again capable of 4K (Ultra-HD) video recording, and features an Exmor RS apart from pulsed LED flash. Also onboard is a 2.2-megapixel front camera.

(In comparison: Sony Xperia Z2 vs. Sony Xperia Z3)

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor alongside 3GB of RAM. It includes 16GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The smartphone will be available in Black, Copper, and White colours. It measures 146.5x72x7.3mm and weighs 152 grams. Connectivity features on the Xperia Z3 include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with hotspot, 3G, 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Glonass, Micro-USB, DLNA, and NFC. It features a 3100mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 19 hours of talk time, and 740 hours of standby time.

(In comparison: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs. Xperia Z3)

Unveiled alongside the Xperia Z3 at the pre-IFA 2014 event, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It features a 4.6-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) Triluminos display with X-Reality engine.

The Xperia Z3 Compact features a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It packs a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and Exmor RS sensor, apart from a 2.2-megapixel front facing camera, just like the Xperia Z3.

(In comparison: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs. Xperia Z1 Compact)

The internal storage on the handset is 16GB, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Xperia Z3 Compact packs 2600mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 14 hours of talk time and 920 hours of standby time.

Connectivity options on the Xperia Z3 Compact include Wi-Fi, FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS/ EDGE, A-GPS, 3G, 4G LTE (for select markets), 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. The smartphone measures 127.3x64.9x8.64mm, and weighs 129 grams.
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Slim, light and well built
  • Superb performance
  • Excellent camera quality
  • Dust- and water-resistant
  • Bad
  • Too much bloatware
  • Expensive
Display 5.20-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Front Camera 2.2-megapixel
Rear Camera 20.7-megapixel
RAM 3GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 3100mAh
OS Android 4.4
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Massive power in an unobtrusive package
  • Great camera
  • Good screen and speakers
  • Dust- and water-resistant
  • Bad
  • Software could use improvement
Display 4.60-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Front Camera 2.2-megapixel
Rear Camera 20.7-megapixel
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2600mAh
OS Android 4.4
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
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