Unlike most of the smartphone makers, Sony took an unusual path to impress consumers by releasing premium waterproof devices across different price brackets. Recently, the Japanese smartphone maker unleashed the Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4 in the Indian market, and within a month it launched its latest flagship smartphone Xperia Z3 Plus in the country.
While at the launch event, we used the handset for a while and here's our first impression on the smartphone.
Built and Design
Keeping up the goodwill for making premium finished products, Sony has introduced some key improvements in the design language of Xperia Z3 Plus. The device uses an aluminium metal frame with a lustrous finished rear to give it a luxurious look. The device feels rugged in the hand, but the shiny mirror finished texture on the rear makes it prone to fingerprints and smudges. The device also boasts a gorilla glass protection in the front as well as the rear side.
Like Sony's latest Xperia M4 Aqua and C4, the Xperia Z3 Plus holds an IP68 certification, which means the device can sustain water splash and dust. With this device, Sony has introduced a capless design for the USB. The device features the round power button along with the volume rocker on the right side and micro USB port at the bottom.
The Xperia Z3 Plus boasts a 5.2-inch, 1080x1920 pixels display with Sony's TRILUMINOUS display for providing lifelike experience on screen. The device also features adaptive brightness for better color luminance that effectively brightens the darker part of an image so as to enhance the image quality under brightly-lit conditions.
The display also features an updated display driver, resulting in accurate tracking even when the screen is wet. We found that the display produces ample colours with nicely balanced contrasts and offers a decent viewing angle.
The Xperia Z3 Plus is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor that combines one 2GHz quad-core processor, one 1.5GHz quad-core processor along with an Adreno 430 GPU.
The device is backed by a 3GB RAM, 32GB Built-in storage expandable up to 128GB through Micro SD card. Powered by a 2,930mAh battery, Sony claims the Xperia Z3 Plus will produce two days of battery life in a single charge.
Xperia Z3 Plus comes with a 20.7mp rear camera that is capable of zooming up to 8X and shoot 4K videos. In the front, Sony Xperia Z3 Plus comes with a 5mp camera.
The device offers some really amazing filters to help users click impressive images without tweaking it manually.
We clicked a few images and found both the cameras quite impressive.
OS and Storage
Running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, the Xperia Z3 Plus offers 32GB built-in memory which seems a tad less for its price, but Sony has tried to compensate it by offering memory expandability up to 128GB.
Xperia Z3 Plus will be available for ₹55,990 from 26 June. With this handset, Sony is bundling a quick wireless charger, which costs ₹3,490. For the price, the device offers quite an amazing experience and has the potential to compete with LG's latest G4. The device stands a bit inferior in front of Samsung Galaxy S6 but the waterproofing ability of the phone makes it a tie.