“The stunning OLED screen makes this Sony’s best điện thoại cảm ứng to date, but it’s not flawless.”

Sony persists with a biannual update schedule for its flagship Xperia range as it continues to lớn play catch up in the phone market. After a radical redesign in the Xperia XZ2 earlier this year, the new Xperia XZ3 is more of a refinement. The headline feature is the 6-inch OLED screen — the first time Sony has used OLED in a phone — & it’s a solid nâng cấp from the 5.7-inch LCD in its predecessor. There’s also plenty of raw power, a decent camera, & all the extras you’d expect, but there are still flaws here, và at $900, Sony’s smartphone is up against some serious competition.

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Let me entertain you

The first thing you’ll notice about the Sony Xperia XZ3 is the 6-inch OLED screen, which looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s pleasing to lớn look at, whether you’re reading, watching movies, or gaming. The screen is so important, you can spend hours staring at it, so we’re glad Sony has focused some effort here.

It has an 18:9 aspect ratio và a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels, which translates lớn a px density of 537 pixels-per-inch. Those numbers put it on a par with all the top phones from Samsung, Google, LG, and Apple. We’ve looked at it side-by-side with the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9, và Sony’s display expertise really shows in the XZ3. It’s sharper than the iPhone and more realistic than the Galaxy S9. You also have the option to tweak the display to your liking by adjusting the màu sắc gamut, contrast, và white balance.





Watching 4K HDR content on this phone is a dream, và it also employs HDR upscaling & a few other tricks to lớn enhance poorer quality video.

There’s a good reason that the best phones have adopted OLED, and it’s largely because it offers a much higher contrast ratio. This is because pixels can be turned off individually, so blacks are truly black. It’s most noticeable if you use your phone in the dark. Our XZ3 review unit is black, so dark scenes see the screen disappear into the frame.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Sony Xperia XZ3 is the 6-inch OLED screen, which looks absolutely gorgeous.

Enhancing the Xperia XZ3’s entertainment credentials are dual front-facing speakers that offer a decent amount of oomph. The stereo speakers feature Sony’s S-Force Front Surround and we were impressed with the volume and enhanced immersion they offer. Decent công nghệ bluetooth headphones are going khổng lồ be better, và there is support for High-Res Audio here, but you sadly won’t find a 3.5mm audio jack.

Sony tries lớn further enhance the cinematic experience with its weird Dynamic Vibration feature, which prompts the device khổng lồ vibrate in response to lớn the on-screen action. We get the sense of this for gaming — it reflects the vibration in the PS4 controller which can help khổng lồ draw you further into the kích hoạt — but we don’t feel it works well for movies or music. We were also disappointed to find that it didn’t work for many of the games we tried. It would have been perfect khổng lồ punctuate a crash in Asphalt 8, for example, but when it did actually work in Clash of Clans it didn’t really add anything useful. We think most people will end up turning it off.

Slick design you don’t want lớn put down

Sony overhauled its smartphone design with the XZ2 introducing something it calls “Ambient Flow,” which heralds a welcome embrace of smaller bezels and gentle curves. That design language continues in the XZ3, but it’s greatly refined. The bezels above and below the screen shrink just a little more.

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This is a supremely comfortable phone to lớn handle despite its large size. The XZ3 is very tall at 158 mm (6.22 inches) và it’s also a lot thicker than many other phones at 9.9 mm (0.39 inches) — the iPhone XS Max, for example, is 157.5 milimet (6.2 inches) tall & 7.7mm thick (0.30 inches) respectively. It’s still a good giảm giá thinner than the XZ2 phone range. The XZ3 doesn’t feel that much bigger, because Sony has cleverly curved the screen và the glass back into the metal frame và tapered the ends slightly.

We lượt thích the feel of the XZ3 in portrait or landscape, & it feels especially good when gaming, but it’s tricky lớn manage one-handed. It’s also very slippery — it will vibrate itself off table tops or slide out of your pocket when you sit down given the opportunity.

The big negative about the thiết kế is the fingerprint sensor placement. Sony just can’t get fingerprint sensors right: First they were inexplicably deactivated in the U.S. Versions of its phones, then it decided to move them from the side of the phone khổng lồ the back like most other manufacturers, but Sony’s placement is much lower down. In fact, the fingerprint sensor is almost in the middle of the back of the XZ3, which makes using it one-handed feel a little precarious. To lớn make matters worse, the camera lens is exactly where you’d expect to lớn find the fingerprint sensor – a mistake we made frustratingly often. Admittedly, this might be a bigger problem for tech reviewers who are frequently switching phones & get used khổng lồ a certain placement.

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All the buttons are on the right edge. Sony has kept a dedicated camera shutter button in the perfect place at the top right when you hold the XZ3 in landscape view. Up đứng đầu you’ll find a wee tray for the MicroSD card and SIM, which can be pried mở cửa with a fingernail – no SIM tool required.

If we were to compare the Xperia XZ3 design lớn another phone, it’s probably closest lớn Samsung’s Galaxy line, but there’s just enough Sony style to lớn give it its own identity.

Top-notch performance

Performance is almost becoming irrelevant on the apk scene, because virtually every flagship device, even the $500 hãng asus Zenfone 5Z, has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor inside it. The Xperia XZ3 is no exception.

Precisely how much RAM a điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh needs is debatable, but Sony makes bởi vì with 4GB in the Xperia XZ3. That’s going lớn be enough for most people, & we didn’t run into any real issues navigating around or loading up apps, but if you consider that much cheaper phones lượt thích the Zenfone 5Z and OnePlus 6 are packing 6GB of RAM you may expect Sony to include a little more.

The benchmarks make it clear how fast this phone is:

AnTuTu 3DBench: 281,131Geekbench 4 CPU: 2,354 single-core, 8,804 multi-core3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 3,329 (Vulkan)

Those results put in on a par with devices lượt thích Samsung’s Galaxy chú ý 9 and suggest that the XZ3 is a little faster than rivals like the smartphone htc U12 Plus and LG V40 ThinQ.

The only issues we had with the XZ3 were related lớn Sony’s software extras. Side Sense allows you khổng lồ double tap on the side of the phone lớn access a quick menu of regularly used apps and settings that are supposed to change based on what you normally use at that time of day. We mostly triggered Side Sense by accident and often found it took a couple of attempts lớn trigger it deliberately. We didn’t find it all that useful, but your mileage may vary.

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More useful, considering the kích cỡ of this phone, is the shortcut to lớn one-handed mode, which slides everything down a bit to lớn make it easier to lớn reach.

Sony also added a gesture shortcut that enables you lớn trigger the camera by holding the phone up in landscape, but we found that we triggered this by accident quite a lot too. You have to lớn tap in the middle lớn fully xuất hiện the camera, so it doesn’t feel like much of useful a shortcut given that you can just hold down the dedicated shutter button lớn launch into the camera. Thankfully, you can turn off both features if you don’t like them.

Android 9.0 Pie doesn’t need toppings

We have khổng lồ give Sony kudos for including the latest app android 9.0 Pie in the Xperia XZ3. Many of its competitors are releasing phones right now with Oreo & no firm timescale on updates. It offers some incremental improvements over earlier versions, và Sony’s UI is a relatively light layer on top.


What we don’t like is the unnecessary addition of bloatware. Our XZ3 asked if we wanted certain apps during setup, which is a great way of offering bloatware without forcing it. Sadly, when we got through the thiết đặt process we found several other apps were already pre-installed, including Kobo Books, Facebook, Netflix, và Sony’s Album, Weather, và Xperia Lounge apps. The preinstalled apps will vary by region — in the U.S., we mostly saw Sony’s apps installed.

You only get 64GB of internal storage here, though there is room for a MicroSD card.

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Capable camera falls short

It’s a little surprising khổng lồ find a single-lens 19-megapixel main camera in the Xperia XZ3. Most manufacturers are moving towards dual or even triple-lens main cameras, and Sony even adopted a dual-lens camera in the XZ2 Premium.