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Almost immediately after Android 7.0 is officially rolled out, the folks over at Sony Mobile has published a software upgrade roadmap for its current Xperia devices.
Sony has already started pushing its Android Marshmallow 6.0 update. While it trickles down to Xperia devices in phases, Sony has released a video to highlight some of its features with the software update.
The interface as seen on the latest X series have been slightly tweaked for a cleaner look and it gets a couple of extras including app permission settings, revamped camera UI and improved media sharing.
Despite the phone seeing its entry into the Malaysian market a good month or so ago, we finally get to try out the Sony Xperia Z3+ in the flesh. The phone is essentially an updated version of the waterproof Sony Xperia Z3 that’s skinnier, lighter than it’s counterpart and has a bare microUSB port.
Sony Malaysia has finally brought its latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z3+ to Malaysia. This is their updated waterproof flagship that’s thinner, lighter and faster than the previous Xperia Z3. Like other flagship smart phones, it carries a RM2,599 price tag and for the Malaysian market, we are getting the Dual-SIM version.
The Xperia Z3+ looks similar to the previous model from the exterior but it gets some notable differences, including a capless micro USB port which makes charging hassle free. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor that’s mated to 3GB of RAM.
The Sony Xperia Z3+ runs on Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 810 which has been notoriously known for its overheating issues. Despite having the newer V2.1 version which claims to have better thermal performance, there were number of users complaining that the Xperia Z3+ still does overheat.
Just how bad is this issue? Watch the video after the break to find out.
If you’re looking for the best of Sony, it looks like the Xperia Z3+ won’t be launched in Malaysia anytime soon. However the folks at DirectD are now offering imported units which comes in either single SIM or Dual-SIM variants.
The Xperia Z3+ is offered at RM2,599, which is the same price as the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9+ flagships that are being sold officially in Malaysia. For the Xperia Z3+ Dual-SIM version, it is offered slightly higher at RM2,699. Since this isn’t an official Sony Malaysia set, DirectD is giving its own 2 year warranty.
By the looks of things Sony Mobile is finally doing something about their touch driver. For those who have used Sony’s water resistant smartphones or tablet while wet, you would have discovered that the tracking is not entirely accurate when there is water on the screen.
For the Xperia Z3+ however they’re already trying to fix the issue by updating the touch driver to work better while the phone is damp. The video below shows that the wet finger tracking has been given a much needed tweaking and it now works a lot better.
Check out the video after the break to see just how functional the phone is while wet.
Sony is needing a new flagship for 2015 and most recently they had announced the Xperia Z4 which was exclusive to its home ground in Japan. For the rest of the world, Sony has finally announced its international variant that’s called the Xperia Z3+.
On the surface, it looks like nothing much has changed but the biggest difference is on the inside. While the overall design and size looks the same as the current Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3+ is lighter at 144g (Z3: 152g) and thinner at just 6.9mm (Z3: 7.3mm). If you’ve been using Sony’s waterproof smart phones, the biggest welcome feature is its exposed microUSB port that’s waterproof without the annoying flap cover.
Sony has been under the radar lately and their latest flagship, the Xperia Z4 was announced without much fanfare in Japan last month. The Xperia Z4 is basically an incremental update with a newer Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM and the microUSB charging port is now exposed while maintaining its class leading waterproof capabilities.
While the Xperia Z4 was launched as a Japan only device, it looks like they are making it available in more markets as Sony is organising a press event in Hong Kong and Taiwan sometime next week.
The Xperia Z4 is going to hit the market internationally as the Xperia Z3+, with the phone going by it’s original name only in Japan.
While the Xperia Z3+ isn’t Sony’s big flagship smartphone for this year, it’s just a tiny update to what’s in it’s predecessor the Xperia Z3. The phone will have a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor mated to 3GB RAM as well as a 20.7 megapixel rear shooter, 5 megapixel front camera as well as 32GB expandable storage. The screen will be a 5.2 inch 1080p display and it will also sport a moderately sized 2,930mAh battery as well as run on Android 5.0 Lollipop at launch.
The Xperia Z3+ will still feature the same OmniBalance design with the rest of the family, albeit a little bit chunkier at 6.9mm thick.
The phone is expected to have a May release.