Sony isn't really a stranger when it comes to the Indian smartphone market. The company has been present in the scene for quite some time now, and going foward we expect to see even more. For the time being, however, the company has officially released its brand new Xperia Z3 handset in India. And it just might turn out to be Sony's best in the Xepria series.
There's not much Sony needs to do in terms of releasing a new phone. It has been doing the same thing with the Xperia Z range of handsets and releasing them with a similar form factor. However, that's good enough for the majority of Xperia users across the planet.
The previous Z2 came with a lot of expectations from fans, and it delivered. However, the release of the Z3 will indeed annoy a host of users who actually made that jump to the Z2. But knowing the fact that this indeed is the best in the series, we are expecting to see more users making the jump once again.
Sony sent us over a review unit of the handset. And we were darned impressed with what we saw here. Sure the Z2 is good, but we don't think it can compare to the Xperia Z3. After all, the handset is indeed arriving with upped specs and features.
So how did the Xperia Z3 fare when we took it out for a spin? Did it live up to all the hoopla that was created before its release? Here's a closer look.
Sony Xperia Z3 Full Review: Form Factor and Operating System
The fact that haunts us here is that the Z3 might be missed by a lot of people. And that's simply beacuse Sony isn't really in the mood to fidget around too much with the handsets overall look and form factor.
Running the Android KitKat, there's hardly any design difference that you will see in the Xperia Z3 as compared to the Z2. It looks the same as the previous devices at first glance with its thick bezel offering at the top and bottom. The handset has its usual circular power button that can be found on the Z3's right-hand side.
However, what you will notice here is that the bezel on the sides is virtually gone. This means that the phone will now be a lot slimmer and sleeker in the hand, although it does maintain its same 5.2-inch screen.
The overall design for the Z3 compared to the Xperia Z2 is really impressive. It has now shed the sharp glass edges in favour of a rounded frame. However, it still remains highly prone to being smeared by fingerprints. Also, The Sony Xperia Z3 is IP65/68 rated, making it more waterproof than ever before (whatever that means).
The Z3 is 20% brighter than the Z2's screen, and that is noticable when you're looking at the screen outdoors since the front of the Z3 is quite reflective in direct sunlight.
However, it has the same full HD resolution and dedicated sharpness as that of the Xperia Z2. And although we aren't making a comparison with that of the Galaxy S5, it still is a big deal.
The Sony Xperia Z3 will come in four colours at launch: black, white, copper brown and a silver/green shade.