Packaging and accessories
The set that I received with the Sony Xperia XZ3 model is not an impressive one. Basically there is only a USB-USB-C cable and a charger (850 mAh) from the Greenheart series. But I think that I have received an incomplete set: it should have earphones with a classical 3.5mm jack and an adapter from jack to USB-C.
Housing and display
Sony Xperia XZ3 is an attractive smartphone. Though the manufacturer did not make a good impression, when it comes to ergonomics, I cannot deny one thing – it is a great looking model. This is not only my opinion, it caught attention of other people as well. At the front and at the back glass panels are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and they are connected by a slim, metal frame. The whole is arced, it does not catch fingerprints too easy, but it is very slick.
And what about the ergonomics? I do not like the fingerprint scanner, which is placed too low – it bothered me in the XZ2 model and it bothers me in XZ3. I do not know if it is a flaw of my particular device, but the back panel was not perfectly fitted. Both in the upper and the lower part there is a noticeable cavity, which sometimes plucked out my hair when I was holding the phone next to my ear. Not everyone can like the weight of the device – it weighs almost 200 grams. I must add that Xperia is dust- and waterproof – it fulfils the IP68 standard.
The 6-inch display is one of the biggest advantages of the device. This is an OLED display (the first one in the Sony’s smartphones portfolio), which can boast with using technologies such as HDR, X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display. What is more, it has a 2880x1440 pixels (537 ppi) resolution, 18:9 ratio, no notch, great colours with deep black level and a perfect contrast. The display has curved edges, which has no major meaning in everyday activities, but it does not work in games – curved edges can “cut” elements of menus in games. The whole is surrounded by extremely narrow bezels, and edges are active. What does that mean? Thanks to them, Sony Xperia XZ3 can offer a function called Side sense – but more about it later. The front panel is covered with an arced glass, and the whole is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Above the display, in the upper frame, there is a typical set of elements: the speaker for calls, front camera, light and proximity sensors. In the left part of the frame there is the notifications LED. The lower frame does not have any additional elements apart from the logo – but in its lower part we will notice a notch, in which there is the speaker.
On the back panel we can see the camera lens (almost perfectly levelled with the housing), along with the LED flash and the fingerprint scanner. If the manufacturer had worked more on the ergonomics, I would not have any concerns towards XZ3. However, they have repeated the mistake from the previous model, and the scanner is placed way too low – the index finger hits the camera lens perfectly, but misses the scanner. I will add that the scanner itself is fast and precise, and I do not have any concerns towards it.
On edges there is a typical set of elements. On the lower edge there is a USB-C socket and a microphone’s hole, another microphone is on the upper edge, along with the tray for SIM and microSD cards. I have some mixed feelings towards the latter element. On the one hand it does not require tools for removing it and it can store two nanoSIM cards or a single card and a memory drive, but on the other this is a hybrid solution, and the smartphone resets itself whenever we remove the tray. That is just the way it is…
On the left side the edge was not used, but on the right it is – here we can find the volume control, power/lock button and a dedicated camera button. The placement of these buttons could have been slightly better, volume is slightly too high and the lock button is slightly too low, and the camera button – you can have some problems with placing the smartphone in a card holder in a way that none of these buttons are pressed.