Sony adds to Xperia smartphone range with Z3+


High-end device, which will join the Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphones, will go on sale globally from next month

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z3+ smartphone, joining last September’s releases of the Z3 and Z3 Compact handsets.

It will go on sale globally from June and be available in black and white, as well as copper for Vodafone customers and green exclusively to Carphone Warehouse.

The Xperia Z3+ is 6.9mm thick, weighs 144g and comes with metal frames and rounded edges. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octo-core 64-bit processor, running the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

It has a 5.2-inch full HD touchscreen made from tempered glass with Sony’s TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with Live Colour LED and X-Reality for mobile ensuring sharper and more vivid colours, according to the manufacturer.

There is a 20.7 megapixel camera with Exnmor RS for mobile image sensor, BIONZ for mobile processing engine and a 25mm wide-angle lens, with 8x digital zoom and the ability to record video in 4k.

The rear five megapixel front camera features the Exmor R for mobile image sensor, which Sony said enables higher quality selfies in any lighting conditions, with the 25mm wide-angle lens ideal for group selfies.

Sony added that ‘HiRes Audio reproduces high frequency sound for a studio quality experience, with the Xperia Z3+ also supporting digital noise cancelling technology and pairs with the MDR-NC31EM headset, which it said reduces ambient noise by up to 98 per cent.

It also has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 128GB with a microSD card.

As with all Xperia smartphones, it features Sony’s ”Battery Stamina’ mode, which the manufacturer said enables the 2,900mAh battery to last up to two days on one charge.

Also like the others, it is also dust and waterproof and features PS4 Remote Play2. This enables users to connect the device to their PS4 via home WiFi and use the DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller to play games in whatever room they are in.

Pricing will be dependent on the market and will be announced closer to launch.