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Is the Sony Xperia XZ3 an underrated smartphone?

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Years pass for Sony and the Japanese manufacturer is no longer the big smartphone manufacturer that dominated the market. In a few years, the brand's reputation has deteriorated and its influence has gradually diminished, despite the presence of a community of loyal fans. Yet in 2018, Sony seems to have listened to critics and users. The release of its Xperia XZ3 is proof of this. Unfortunately, the smartphone is a little underestimated compared to the competition.

A design in tune with the latest trends

Until last year, Sony smartphones were often mocked for their outdated design with a relatively low screen-to-body ratio. The Japanese manufacturer heard the comments and finally changed its design policy by ending Omnibalance.

Inaugurated by the Xperia XZ2, Ambient Flow's aesthetic lines have been further improved on the Xperia XZ3, which in my opinion, has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of in the face of competition and deserves more praise. While Sony's flagship still has its fingerprint reader in a difficult position, at least the smartphone is no longer so massive, Sony's new design embraces curved lines and rounded edges for a very comfortable grip and a modern look.

As always, the manufacturing quality of Sony terminals is simply excellent. Fears for scratches and accidents are also limited as we find Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and rear. The chassis is made of 7000 series aluminium and the smartphone is, of course, IP68 certified. This is enough to compete with the stars of the market.

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Sony has listened to reviews for its Xperia XZ3. / AndroidPIT

Good performance and a very good camera

Like all good high-end products, the XZ3's features are the ones expected by many users: a 6-inch screen in a QHD+ definition (1440 x 2880 pixels), a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. All this and it already runs on Android Pie, unlike many of its competitors. Its sober and, in a more subjective way, elegant interface works without bugs. The XZ3 is also guaranteed to receive the update to the next version of Android, Android Q.

Although it has a strange name, the Side Sense feature is also interesting. It looks like a Japanese version of HTC's Edge Sense or Google's Active Edge, but it is actually a kind of variant of Samsung's Edge panel.

For this model, Sony has also completely reworked its photo application and taught it a few things. Even those who are not familiar with Sony products will know how to use the application. Yes, we expect even more from the Japanese manufacturer in this field, because it's the brand that manufactures the photo sensors, but at least it's progressing.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 against the competition

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs vs. OnePlus 6
  Sony Xperia XZ3 (Pie) OnePlus 6 (Pie)
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme 4193 4668
3DMark Sling Shot Vulkan 3188 3819
3DMark Sling Shot 5175 6270
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited 66801 63996
Geekbench 4 Single / Multi-Core 2395 / 8910 2390 / 9024
Passmark Memory 12400 12424
Passmark Disk 75849 74557

An after-sales service and reliability worthy of the name

You also have to see the hidden advantages of Sony smartphones, whose added value is not always visible at first glance. In addition to product reliability, the brand's customers can count on generally high-quality customer service. An argument where many manufacturers are still struggling, especially Chinese newcomers (OPPO or Xiaomi for example).

Of course, the XZ3 is not free of defects. Battery life is certainly the weakest point of the phone. But for having used some of its competitors on a daily basis, in particular the Apple iPhone XS and Galaxy S9, are even worse.

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The position of the fingerprint reader leaves something to be desired, it is true. / © NextPit

So, is it underrated?

I have never been a fan of Sony Xperia phones, especially in recent years. However, the Xperia XZ3 marks a real change from previous years. It simply represents the evolution that was expected (and that I expected) and it would be unfair to criticize Sony for its inaction and lack of change. The Xperia XZ3, with its screen and ergonomic improvements, is a good alternative to high-end smartphones for multimedia fans.

In your opinion, is the Sony Xperia XZ3 an underrated smartphone?

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Pierre Vitré

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Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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    AlexandraChamberlain Dec 30, 2018 Link to comment

    "Early in the springtime we round up the dogies
    Mark 'em and brand 'em and bob off their tails

    COPY AND PASTE...............HEAR>>>

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    David Martrano Dec 28, 2018 Link to comment

    I don't know why but Sony phones do not sell well in the US. Why not go after one of the big three carrier's?


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    storm Dec 28, 2018 Link to comment

    I'm no fan of the design, glossy glass is a negative. Sony usually takes a heavy hand with the bloat as well.


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