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Hands with the Sony Xperia XZ3 | News and opinion



BERLIN – The Sony Xperia XZ3 looks almost identical to its predecessor XZ2. Until you turn it on and its new OLED display comes to life, this is

I had a chance to do just that shortly after the Japanese tech giant unveiled the XZ3 here at the IFA, where I instantly got an enormous Improved Display Quality Notice

With its new OLED panel and QHD + resolution (2,880 x 1,440), the XZ3's 6-inch display is a significant improvement over the XZ2's award-winning display. The XZ2 has a relatively low image density compared to other flagship smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, but it also features upconverting HDR, which means you do not need HDR-specific media to take full advantage of the screen's HDR capabilities. 1

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Add this HDR upconversion to the enhanced screen resolution, and you get a really excellent display quality. The colors popped, and from the icons to the virtual Android buttons at the bottom of the screen, even the harshly lit demo room looked incredibly crisp.

The XZ3, which Sony wants to sell in late September, is borrowing its OLED panel technology from Sony's Bravia television, but it's not necessarily unique, and Sony is actually behind the curve when it comes to flagging OLEDs. To put mobile phones. Samsung began with similar AMOLED displays on its Galaxy S8, which was unveiled in early 2017.

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Besides the improved display quality, the XZ3 is the other main innovation component is a pinch sensor along the left and right edges. Double-tap the phone to activate the "Side Sense" feature, a customizable menu of recommended apps and tools.

Sony says the apps in Side Sense are being selected for Artificial Intelligence I've been using the XZ3 for a while now. When I pressed the phone during the demo, I saw a three-by-three matrix of apps that included Google Chrome, the camera, and the PlayStation app.

Above the matrix there is a suggestion that allows you to "improve accuracy" by predicting apps. Below are icons for Wi-Fi, battery saver, and Bluetooth settings.

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As with the OLED screen, Sony is not the first smartphone – Manufacturer introducing pressure sensors on the side of the handset They are currently available on competing flagship phones such as the HTC U11 and Google Pixel 2. Pressing the Pixel 2 launches Google Assistant, and it is a pity that Sony offers no possibility Adjusting the XZ3 Squeeze Sensor to Launch the Wizard It's not always helpful to get a selection of curated apps, especially if you're on the home screen.

The battery capacity was 3,100 mAh in XZ2 It is unlikely that the slight increase will be sufficient to cope with all the extra power required by the increased screen resolution and squeeze sensor The XZ2 only lasted a disappointing 4 hours and 40 minutes in our battery test.

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Many of the other features of the XZ3 are the same you will find on the XZ2. This includes the physical design with rounded screen edges and a rounded back wall that curves at the edges. The back wall is made of glass and a bit slippery when you hold it, not to mention that it's one of the strongest fingerprint magnets I've ever seen.

Cameras are also the same, although their software works some improvements. The rear-facing 19-megapixel camera can record both 4K video and slow motion 1080p video. The new Camera app launches automatically when you lift the phone horizontally to save time when trying to capture a volatile recording. There are also new bokeh and beauty filters for selfies that take you to the front with the 13 megapixel camera.

The XZ2's unique front speakers can also be transferred to the XZ3, so you can watch videos with virtual surround sound. The XZ3 also includes the dynamic vibrations of its predecessor, which makes the phone vibrate in sync with what is playing, including videos and music. It's a bit like having a game console controller.

When it launches, the Xperia XZ3 will come out of the box as one of the first phones with Android 9.0 Pie. Sony uses its own skin on the Android OS, but it's pretty minimal. Icons and navigation menus look the same on the XZ3 as they do on an Android 9-based Google Pixel XL I recently used.

The Xperia XZ3 will be available in the US from Amazon and Best Buy from October 17 for $ 900.


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