Specs summary


The Sony Xperia Z3's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 38.3 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 960 minutes (3G), 672 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Based on specs this is a repackaged Xperia Z2 by another design, but in truth it’s much, much more and we can't get enough.

- Alex Todd , Recombu 

Reviews summary

Based on 50 reviews

What's good  

  • Water resistant
  • Bright HD screen
  • Blazing performance
  • PS4 Remote Play
  • Long battery life

What's bad  

  • Camera Auto mode is hit or miss
  • Limited US Availability
  • Sony bloatware and interface tweaks
  • Speaker distortion at high levels

Hot on the heels of the Z2, Sony is taking another shot at the top of the flagship Android charts with the tweaked and optimized Z3. Reviews are starting to roll in and things are looking good for this one. How good? Let’s get into the details.

The design of the Z3 sticks to the Xperia aesthetic in most ways. Sharp lines, flat sides and flush buttons with little else. The Z3 adds the addition of nylon corners to help add a little resilience to the glass and aluminum design. Stuff magazine said the changes makes the Z3 “feel less like a big, heavy block of a tech and more like a standard premium flagship.”

Most reviews noted that the Z3 was more comfortable to hold than previous Xperia devices but edges were still very much noticeable in the hand. Forbes says, “expect the Z3 to be a touch more robust than the Z2.”

The phone is both IP65 and 68 certified for dustproofing and waterproofing to make sure its ready to go with you on your next adventure or survive the torture of little hands if you have children. Reviews that tested it said everything worked fine, just be sure to have the covers for the various ports firmly closed.

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With a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the specs on the phone are certainly impressive. Forbes notes that this is “the very top end of the current specs for an Android smartphone.”
Stuff put the phone through its paces, including gaming and heavy multitasking and found that “As for performance, it's flawless.”

The powerful specs of the phone are paired with a 3,100-mAh battery which Sony claims will allow up to two days of use on a single charge. While reviews didn’t quite hit the two-day mark, most agreed that you should have no problem getting through the day. Stuff commented that phone features “the best battery life of any smartphone we've seen in a long time.”

For those constantly on the go, Sony has beefed up the screen brightness compared to other models. TechRadar points out, “the 5.2 display is brighter than ever before, perhaps more than anything on the market, with 600 nits of brightness.”

If you’re looking for a phone that will rival many point and shoot cameras, the 25mm lens and 20.7MP camera on the phone received rave reviews from most sources. However, to get the most from the camera, prepare to get comfortable with menus and settings as many reviews pointed out that the auto function, while effective, didn’t work well in fast action or low light conditions.

Other features include DCEE HX Audio--a feature that claims to breathe life into low-quality audio--and PS4 Remote Play functionality. Remote Play will allow PS4 owners to stream games to their phone via Wi-Fi and play using DualShock 4 controllers. While this sounds like heaven to gamers, the feature doesn’t officially roll out until late-2014 so reviews couldn’t assess how well it really works.

Overall, reviews are extremely positive despite the device being released so soon after the Z2. Forbes says there is “little to complain about in the package.” TechRadar applauds the device say its “the best phone that Sony's ever made... and it's better than I expected.”

Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


Unbeatable battery

from AndroidPIT

The Sony Xperia Z3 is beautifully designed, with a fantastic high-resolution camera and great battery life; it's a really difficult device to find fault with. You might not be a fan of Sony's Xperia user-interface, or the fiddly SD-Card/charge port flaps, but the minor flaws pale in comparison to the myriad positives.

For US$400 the Xperia Z3 presents outstanding value and its stellar battery life is going to get even better once the device gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the near future. It might be lacking some of the more current Android features such as wireless charging and... Full review


A well-rounded flagship that's definitely worth your time and money.

from TechnoBuffalo

Sony might not have high hopes for its mobile future, but the company has made a winner in the Xperia Z3. The design is sophisticated, the camera is great, and battery life is excellent. Is it worth an upgrade from the Z2? Probably not—you should wait and see what Sony has next. But the Z3 has earned its place among today’s most popular flagships. You’d be missing out to skip the Z3 outright.

Of course, the fact that it’s only available through T-Mobile in the U.S. isn’t helping its fortunes all that much. Sony has found the American market a tough n... Full review


Stunning display, incredibly capable camera and the ability to play PS4 games

from GottaBeMobile

The Sony Xperia Z3v is an impressive Android smartphone and it is about time Verizon offers a flagship smartphone from Sony. It is hard to find things not to like on this very capable smartphone. Before you walk in and upgrade from your old iPhone to the iPhone 6, or jump from one Samsung smartphone to another, you need to go hands on with the Sony Xperia Z3v.

With a stellar camera, great software features, the ability to play the PS4 games and the option to buy for as low as a penny on Amazon this is a smartphone you need to try before you buy any other device on Verizon. <... Full review


A flagship device with a good camera and great battery life

from BitBitByte

The Z3v is the first Sony flagship to hit Verizon. If you’ve been waiting for such a day, we’re happy to say it was worth the wait. It’s a decent looking phone that has industry leading dust and waterproof abilities. It also happens to take great photos and has crazy long battery life. The only cons we can really think of (**see below for more) are more subjective and minor and revolve around stock vs skinned Android and some hardware design choices (such as the all-glass back and ridiculous microUSB port placement). All in all, the Z3v would be a great phone by itself. In... Full review

Digital Trends

An amazing phone that measures up with the best Android has to offer

from Digital Trends
The Xperia Z3 is a classic Sony smartphone. It follows the company’s signature design aesthetic and doesn’t break the mold in any way.If you’re a Sony fan and you want an Xperia, this is a fantastic choice and is in league with a number of incredible flagship phones, including the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, and the HTC One M8, which are all out for the same price or less, depending on your carrier.Sony’s Xperia Z3 doesn’t have brag-worthy features, but it is another monster handset in a sea of fantastic phones this year... Full review

The future, wrapped up in the past

from Reviewed

When you get down to it, there are four things that most people want in a phone: a relatively fast processor, a good-looking display that you can see while outdoors, a great camera, and excellent battery life. In some form or another, most people's ideal phone will nail all four of those. While it might be slicker than a can of grease, the Sony Xperia Z3 is as close to an ideal phone as you can find on the market today.

Ever have something hanging over your head for a couple of days? Something you were worried about that just wouldn't leave the back of your mind? That's how I fel... Full review

Phone Scoop

A tempting, premium Android handset

from Phone Scoop

There's no doubt in my mind that the Xperia Z3 is Sony's best chance to win over American consumers. It's a solid device through-and-through. It's well designed, well made, and has a great mix of features that should appeal to media-minded users.

The screen is great, the battery life is very good, but I thought signal and voice performance could be stronger. The hardware is, otherwise, top notch. Not every phone can claim to be waterproof and that definitely helps the Z3 sit apart from the crowd. Some potential buyers may not like the sealed-in battery, but I don't mind it.
... Full review

The Gadgeteer

Waterproof, very good battery life, and can link to PS4 gaming console via home Wi-Fi

from The Gadgeteer

The Sony Xperia Z3v is the best Sony Android smartphone that Verizon sells…. Actually it’s the only Sony Smartphone that Verizon carries right now. This phone has some good things going for it like Qi wireless charging capability, 21MP camera, dedicated camera shutter button, PS4 Remote Play gaming, micro SD card slot and waterproof design. It does everything all the other current Android smartphones can do, but where it falls a little short is in the physical design. It just looks and feels too chunky to me and it also feels every so slightly less snappy compared to the Motoro... Full review

Laptop Magazine

Wonderfully bright screen, epic battery life and even PS4 integration for avid gamers

from Laptop Magazine

The Z3 is Sony's best smartphone yet, and it stacks up well against other Android flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S5. For my money, it's the one I'd buy. The 1920 x 1080p display is sharp and bright, and photo fanatics will love the superdetailed 20.7-MP camera and dedicated shutter button. T-Mobile adds a cherry on top, with battery life that lasts longer than the Energizer Bunny. While it doesn't have the massive screen of a Galaxy Note 4, or the fingerprint reader in an iPhone 6 Plus, Sony's sleek smartphone is worth some serious consideration, doubly so for PS4 owners looking to li... Full review

Android Authority

Almost as good as the original

from Android Authority
This device does feel a lot like a beefed up Xperia Z2, at least in terms of design, but with specifications and features identical to its namesake, it’s definitely almost as good as the original... Full review

I hate it.

Overheating makes the phone frozen constantly. Not existent warranty. I had Sony in great esteem until now. Total waste of money and effort to fix this phone.
Overheating makes the phone frozen constantly. Not existent warranty. I had Sony in great esteem until now. Total waste of money and effort to fix this phone. Less

Fragile and clumsy to hold - Screen crack resulted

I suppose phones have gotten too big to handle comfortably recently. I thought I would like this, but it is clumsy to hold. So much so, that I have dropped it several times from a height of 2-3 feet. This rarely happens with other phones I have, such as the Lumia 1020 and the Moto X 2013. The las... More
I suppose phones have gotten too big to handle comfortably recently. I thought I would like this, but it is clumsy to hold. So much so, that I have dropped it several times from a height of 2-3 feet. This rarely happens with other phones I have, such as the Lumia 1020 and the Moto X 2013. The last drop was fatal to the screen, it cracked once and is now inoperable. I will be seeking warranty replacement for the screen. Other than that, i think this is a great phone. Powerful and fast. Waterproof. Photos are decent, if not as spectacular as on the Lumia 1020. I am thinking of getting a Moto X 2014 to replace this now. The curved back is much more ergonomic for a large phone. This is not a good phone for kids to play around with, unless you get a really great protective case, like an Incipio or Speck. When I get the phone fixed, I will order a decent case before I use it again. As of this moment, there aren't any available. Less

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Full Specs

Release date September 25, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.885 W/kg
Body: 1.501 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 672 minutes
3G Surfing Time 729 minutes
4G Surfing Time 729 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
960 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 38.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Copper, Green, Purple, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.2 x 0.7 cm
(5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 152 grams
(5.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Shatter proof glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, Burst mode, HDR, Object tracking, Scene recognition, Sound & Shot
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Xperia Z3v, D6603, D6633, D6643, D6653, D6616

Also available in a dual-SIM model. (D6633)

Additional Sensors: Barometer, Pedometer

Sony Xperia Z3v model
- Different design (last 2 images)
- Battery: 3200 mah
- Wireless charging enabled
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