Sony launches a slimmer, lighter Xperia Z3+ with 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor

Sony quitely launches flagship a sleeker, slimmer and lighter Xperia Z3+ smartphone

Sony has quietly unveiled its 2015 flagship smartphone Xperia Z3+. The global version of the already released Japanese Xperia Z4 changes nothing except a few small upgrades over last year’s Xperia Z3. The model is nothing but an additional upgrade of Xperia Z4 and Sony has named it Xperia Z3+ for the international release. Sony has introduced the Xperia Z3+, an ‘premium’ version of its existing Xperia X3 handset.

Among the major upgradation of Xperia Z3+ over its predecessor is the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor (four 1.5GHz cores + four 2GHz cores). The smartphone is thinner (6.9mm vs 7.3mm) and lighter (144 grams vs 152 grams) than the 2014 Sony flagship. It also runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) out of the box. The downside is slightly reduced battery capacity, but the Xperia Z3+ still packs a 2,900mAh battery. However, it claims that the new smartphone offers up to two days of battery life.

Like its predecessor, the Z3+ is waterproof and dust-resistant (IP 65/68); however, it comes with a few small hardware twists. Both the front and rear-facing cameras now use Sony’s Exmor sensor. It also comes with a 25mm wide-angle 5.1MP front camera for better selfies, compared to the 2.2MP front camera of Xperia Z3. The rear-facing camera is still 20.7-megapixels.

On the positive side, the micro USB port has been shifted to the lowest part of the phone and now it doesn’t require you to close a cap in order to keep it waterproof. The magnetic charging pin has also been removed for cleaner lines.

The Sony Xperia Z3+ comes with a storage capacity of 32GB unlike Xperia Z3, which came with 16GB and 32GB storage options.

The model is considered a minor upgrade over Xperia Z3, as the two share many features in spite of these differences. Xperia Z3+ has a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS screen and glass-and-metal body. According to Sony, the glass used in the smartphone is shatterproof. Similarly, both smartphones support microSD cards of up to 128GB capacities and come with 3GB of RAM. In addition, on the connectivity front, both the smartphones support: 2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

According to Sony, the device will be available globally from June. However, no pricing details have been revealed yet.