Sony, as expected
, has launched the Xperia Z3+ as the global variant
of the Japan-only Xperia Z4 smartphone, which was launched last month at a low-key event.
The Sony Xperia Z3+ alongside its dual SIM variant (Sony Xperia Z3+ Dual) will launch globally next month. The company however has not revealed specific release dates for different markets. The Xperia Z3+ (see above) and Xperia Z3+ Dual will be available in a choice of four colours - namely Black, White, Copper, and Aqua Green.
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The company was previously rumoured to launch the global variant of the Japan-only Sony Xperia Z4 by May-end. As expected, the Xperia Z3+ is identical to Japan's Xperia Z4 in terms of design and specifications. The launch once again leaves us to anticipate the launch of the actual successor to the Sony Xperia Z3 flagship, the international Xperia Z4 that's expected to be unveiled at IFA 2015.
The company touts the Xperia Z3+ smartphone as a "slim, sleek and stylish high-performing premium smartphone." The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Sony Xperia Z3+ features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Triluminos display and is powered by X-Reality for mobile picture engine.
Following the suite of some other flagships, the Xperia Z3+ is also powered by a 64-bit octa-core (quad-core 1.5GHz + quad-core 2GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset is enclosed in a metal frame.
(Also see: Sony Xperia Z3+ vs. Sony Xperia Z3 vs. Sony Xperia Z4)
The Xperia Z3+ from Sony also retains the 20.7-megapixel autofocus rear camera of its predecessor. The rear camera however now features 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS BSI sensor, Bionz image processor, and a pulsed LED flash. The Sony Xperia Z3+ sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Exmor R BSI sensor, which is an upgrade from Xperia Z3's 2.2-megapixel front camera. It also features a 25mm wide-angle lens, apart from electronic image stabilisation. Both the Sony Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z3+ Dual (see below) feature identical specifications except that the latter supports dual-SIM cards.
The handset includes 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone is backed by a 2930mAh battery.
Other features on the Xperia Z3+ include an IP65/IP68 equivalent certification, which according to Sony makes the phone waterproof and dust-tight. Another USP of the device is support for high-resolution audio with LDAC compression technology. It measures 146x72x6.9mm and weighs 144 grams. Connectivity features on the Xperia Z3+ include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with hotspot, 3G, 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Glonass, Micro-USB, DLNA, and NFC.