Design and display
The Z3+ hasn’t had a major design refresh. In fact, it looks pretty much exactly the same as the Z3 on first glance. But the new flagship is thinner and lighter, measuring just 6.9mm thick and weighing only 144g.
When you look closely, you’ll also notice that the ports have been moved around, with the USB now on the bottom. And it’s not covered by one of Sony’s flaps anymore, even though the Z3+ is just as waterproof as the Z3.
Sony has also moved the front facing stereo speakers. They’ve been pushed to the very top and bottom of the phone, making the new Z3+ look like 2014’s Xperia Z2.
The screen on the Z3+ is the same resolution and size as the Z3’s – making it a 5.2-inch Full HD panel. Even though the screen’s the same, Sony has managed to boost its brightness, which makes a big difference when using the phone in the sun.
The Xperia Z3+ has the same 20.7MP camera that we’ve seen on the last few top Sony phones. And like the Xperia Z3, the camera app is packed with fun modes. So there hasn’t been much change there.
Round the front, however, is a new wide-angled 5MP selfie camera. Compared to the Z3’s 2MP one, it’s a pretty big improvement that’s sure to sharpen your selfies. And the wide-angle lens means you can fit more people in the frame when it comes to those group selfies.
The Z3+ has a slightly smaller battery than the Z3, but it also has a more efficient processor, so Sony says you should get more than two days’ use from a single charge. And new fast charging gives you five hours of power from just ten minutes plugged into the wall.
The new smartphone is, of course, water and dustproof - something Sony has had cracked for the past few years. Just like the Z3, you can dunk the Z3+ in up to one and a half meters of water for up to thirty minutes.
Sony has come through with some handy improvements that really bring the new flagship up to date with its competitors. We’re a bit disappointed that there hasn’t been a boost in screen resolution, but Sony’s Full HD panel looks almost as sharp as the Quad HD screens we’ve seen.