CNET First Look
Sony Xperia Z3: The flagship phone that can play PS4 games (hands-on)Sony's new top-end Xperia Z3 has a beautiful, waterproof design, and can act as a display for your PlayStation 4. CNET's Andrew Hoyle goes hands-on.
[MUSIC] I'm Andrew Hoyle for cnet, and I am taking a look at Sony's latest flagship phone, the 5.2" Xperia Z3. Now physically it's easy to see the resemblance between the Z3 and its predecessor the Z2, they both have this metal frame around the edge. And it's got glass front and back. Now, there are a few physical differences to note. Firstly, of course, it's got a much slimmer bevel, which makes the screen pop a lot more, and the body has been made a little bit smaller. So you've got metal around the edge, but these corners have been made with mylar, so if you do drop it on the corner, hopefully won't do quite as much damage. So the phone is completely waterproof, which does mean some of its ports like the power slot. And the micro SD card slot have been covered by slots. The phone has a 5.2" display, but unlike LG with it's G3, Sony hasn't gone for a 2K resolution, instead, sticking for full HD. Sony reckons that with a slightly lower resolution and a more efficient panel, they'll be able to get up to two days of battery life, which is quite impressive, but of course, we'll see how that really stands up in our own test. The screen does at least seem very, very crisp and it's extremely bright and bold as well. On the back of the phone you'll find a 20.7 megapixel camera. Sony reckons this is incredibly good in low light with high iso levels, and also has optical image stabilization to keep your shots nice and crisp even when you're moving. Any text from the phone is included on Zed-3 range, the ability to hook it up to your PS4 on the same wi-fi network, and essentially use your phone as a second screen for your Playstation. That does mean you can play actual PS4 titles using your phone as a screen rather than your TV. The Xperia Z3 isn't a big revolution of the Xperia Z2, which is probably not surprising given the Z2 was only let out six months ago, but its slight changes to design and that Sony has been able to dramatically increase the battery life means that the Z3 still should be a great flagship phone. It's due to go outside globally towards the end of the year, although Sony hasn't yet discussed how much it'll cost. I'm Andrew Hall at cnet, and this is the Sony Xperia Z3. [MUSIC]