gadget / reviews / 05/09/2014

Hands On: Xperia Z3 lineup

Sony announced a new range of Z3 mobile products at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday.

The product line up includes the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. It may seem like a mouthful, but one is the regular smartphone, the other is a compact version (not “mini” so not watered down specs), and the other is a rival to the iPad Mini.

The Z3 handsets replace the Z2, which was announced in February at Mobile World Congress. So if you purchased the Z2, you might feel like your handset is old news. But this has been the way forward for Sony since last year, so expect 6-month cycles on handsets. Which brings another topic for another day: 24-month contracts are not worth it. Xperia-colours What I like about Sony Mobile South Africa is that we always get to see and play with their new handsets within weeks of being announced, and in this instance, a DAY later.

I’m especially loving the colours. Too soon to say if the networks will carry them, who tend to favour black or white. Yawn. You probably can guess that I’d pick the turquoise, which is available on my favourite handset from the new lineup – the Z3 Compact. The edges have an almost translucent panel so that nicks and scratches won’t show easily. And it’s still waterproof, of course. Xperia-range-colours The Xperia Z3 is 5.2-inches while the Z3 Compact is 4.6-inches. The Z3 has an aluminium from and rounder edges. The main difference between the two is the quality of the screen – 1080p vs 720p and the battery size of course. The rest, like processor and software is identical. It has the same 20.7MP camera that is capable of recording 4K videos. Love that Sony understands when consumers want regular sized phones, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a smaller phone with mid-range specs. The above handsets from top is the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia E3.

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The best Android tablet you can get is the Xperia Z2, so naturally, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact replaces that! I’m fan of the smaller tablets and 8″ is ideal. It fits nicely in one hand and it’s lightweight! It’s also 6.4mm thin like the Z2 Tablet and weighs only 260g. It does look a lot like the iPad Mini. I also prefer the white one.

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Sony also showed their wearables – the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk with an e-ink display. I’m not the biggest fan of smartwatches, but the SmartWatch 3 can be used on its own. You can take it running and as you can see in the right pic above, you can remove it from the band. This also allows 3rd parties to make accessories for it.

These products have just been announced, so there is no pricing for South Africa yet. The handsets are expected to be available early November. More info when it officially makes its way here.



Nafisa Akabor
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