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Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony Xperia XZ3

from  $849.99+
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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Sony’s Xperia XZ3 is the six-month-old XZ2 with a slightly better OLED display and an improved selfie camera. That still makes it a good-looking, high-performing flagship, but the XZ3 doesn’t bring any unique or interesting updates to the table to justify its expensive price tag.

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Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Top-tier performance
  • Competent camera
Cons
  • Lacks compelling features
  • Expensive
  • Minor update to the XZ2
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
90
TechRadar
The Sony Xperia XZ3’s jaw-dropping OLED screen is a huge accomplishment and sees the company leapfrog LG and Samsung with its first OLED effort. As for the rest of the phone, things are less clear-cut. A combination of a misplaced fingerprint scanner, some frustrating software and a good, but not excellent, stills camera prevents the XZ3 from being a must buy. That is unless you spend your entire mobile life watching videos.
 
70
Android Central
Sony's Xperia XZ3 nails the fundamentals with a beautiful OLED screen, outstanding performance and battery life, a decent camera, and plenty of charm. But at $900, it's too expensive.
 
60
Tom's Guide
Sony turned around and trotted out a successor to its Xperia XZ2 just a few months after that phone came out. Unfortunately, the Xperia XZ3 is a worse deal for buyers.
 
90
GSM Arena
Design is trendy without compromising continuity, battery life is hard to complain about, and the great image quality no longer surprises us. The up to date OS at launch is a nice bonus too; we wish others would be this speedy with adoption. Brand loyalists will no doubt love it, but we have a feeling that the Xperia XZ3 may be the first recent Sony actually capable of converting long-time naysayers too.
 
80
T3
Sony delivers an Android phone in the Sony Xperia XZ3 that is a near all-round technical showcase. The new Bravia-engineered OLED screen is stunning, the internal hardware powerful, and the build quality incredibly premium. A little of the Xperia character has been lost in the Samsung Galaxy S9-style new design, though, and the camera system is beaten by Sony's own XZ2 Premium, which is an older device, as well as some rivals camera systems, too. Overall, though, it's a quality flagship that will appeal massively to audio and video enthusiasts especially.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the Xperia flagship we've been waiting a very long time to see. It finally pushes design boundaries, resulting in a stunning device with a great display and lots of top features.
 
80
Digital Trends
The stunning OLED screen makes this Sony’s best smartphone to date, but it’s not flawless.
 
80
Android Police
While it's by no means perfect, I can certainly say I enjoyed using the Xperia XZ3 as a daily driver. I’ve been using a Pixel 2 XL for most of the year, but once I’d tuned the experience to my liking, the XZ3 didn’t really feel a whole lot different. For long-time Sony fans, this will be a worthy update, but I also expect it to pique the interest of a few people who may have written the company off entirely in recent years.
 
100
Stuff
If the fingerprint sensor was a little higher, and Sony had found room for a headphone jack, the XZ3 would be wanting for almost nothing. As it is, this is a monstrously powerful phone that looks gorgeous, takes great photos and has a screen that finally competes with the best of them. You won't be disappointed once you get one in your pocket.
 
70
VentureBeat
It’s death by a thousand self-inflicted cuts, basically. The XZ3’s bezels are a bit too thick; Edge Sense doesn’t work consistently; and there’s far too much bloatware onboard. At $899, I’d expect more capable cameras and a revamped design, or at the very least a highly compelling software experience. But the XZ3 offers none of those.