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    Claims and Test Results

    The claims on these pages are mainly based on results from tests conducted by Strategy Analytics, an independent global company specialising in market analysis. In some cases, tests were also conducted in laboratories at Sony Mobile Communications AB

    All claims were verified at the time of testing. However, as the mobile landscape changes quickly and new phone models are released on a continuous basis, we cannot guarantee that all claims are still valid as you read this. Please see the date specified at the bottom of each claim and test specification for reference.

    For more information on Strategy Analytics, please visit the Strategy Analytics homepage.

    Highest waterproof rating

    World’s highest Ingress Protection rating in a smartphone

    4 The Xperia™ Z3 is slim (7.35 mm), waterproof and dust tight in compliance with IP65/68. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 26th August 2014.

    *In compliance with IP65 and IP68, the Xperia Z3 / Xperia Z3 Dual is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) dust tight and (ii) protected against low-pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP65; and/or (iii) can be kept under 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP68. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. For more information see http://support.sonymobile.com/global-en/dm/water-and-dust-resistance/

    World’s most light sensitive smartphone camera

    World’s most light sensitive smartphone

    Sony have introduced ISO 12,800 to the Superior Auto camera Feature; the Z3 products are the first smartphones to support ISO 12,800, providing the highest level of light sensitivity in a smartphone camera.

    3 The Xperia™ Z3 is a waterproof and dust tight (in compliance with IP65/68), slim (7.35 mm), Android smartphone featuring a 20.7 MP camera with 4k video capture and ISO 12,800. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 26th August 2014.

    2-day battery life

    During battery performance testing conducted between July and September 2014 in a laboratory under active use conditions reflective of the Typical Smartphone User by Sony Mobile Communications AB, the Z3 lasted at least 48 hours on average until battery exhaustion.

    Battery performance testing reflective of a Typical Smartphone User usage profile involved using the device for approximately 5 hours in a 24-hour period, for a range of typical usage scenarios (calling, texting, web, social networking, games, camera, music and video). Default settings were applied for the device during battery performance testing including display brightness of 100 Nits and Battery stamina mode off.

    • Typical Smartphone User usage profile. This involved using the device for approximately 5 hours in a 24-hour period, for a range of typical usage scenarios (calling, texting, web, social networking, games, camera, music and video).

    *Based on multiple battery performance tests conducted between July and September 2014 in a laboratory under active use conditions reflective of the Typical Smartphone User by Sony Mobile Communications AB.

    The only smartphone with PS4™ Remote Play

    Functionality available on Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact starting from November 2014. PlayStation®4 System, DUALSHOCK®4, Sony Entertainment Network and high speed Internet connection required. Some games may not support this feature

    World’s best camera and camcorder (+/- Waterproof / Android) in a smartphone3

    The Xperia™ Z3 combines a 20.7 MP camera sensor with the ability to capture 4K video, resulting in the highest resolution camcorder in a smartphone.
    There are other devices capable of capturing 4k video such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Acer Liquid S2; however these are with 16 and 13 MP camera sensors (respectively) which have a lower resolution sensor compared to Sony devices.
    Sony have introduced ISO 12,800 to the Superior Auto camera Feature; the Z3 products are the first smartphones to support ISO 12,800, providing the highest level of light sensitivity in a smartphone camera.

    Based on the results of specifications comparison, a blind assessment of the imaging and video experiences delivered by the Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone and LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 as rated by 201 UK consumers. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as the top selling smartphones globally. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 4th-5th August 2014.

    World’s first smartphone camera with ISO 12,800

    the Z3 products are the first smartphones to support ISO 12,800

    Sony have introduced ISO 12,800 to the Superior Auto camera Feature; the Z3 products are the first smartphones to support ISO 12,800, providing the highest level of light sensitivity in a smartphone camera.

    3 The Xperia™ Z3 is a waterproof and dust tight (in compliance with IP65/68), slim (7.35 mm), Android smartphone featuring a 20.7 MP camera with 4k video capture and ISO 12,800. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 26th August 2014.

    The Xperia™ Z3 is a waterproof and dust tight (in compliance with IP65/68), slim (7.35 mm), Android smartphone featuring a 20.7 MP camera with 4k video capture and ISO 12,800. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 26th August 2014.

    Sony Xperia™ Z3 gives you the Most Stable Video Capture of the Leading Smartphones

    Based on the results of a blind assessment of video experience delivered by the Sony Xperia™ Z3 and LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 as rated by 201 UK consumers. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as the top selling smartphones globally. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 4th-5th August 2014.

    *Based on the results of a blind assessment by 201 UK consumers of video experience delivered by the Sony Xperia™ Z3 and LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 (the “Leading Smartphones” defined by Strategy Analytics as being top selling smartphones globally). Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 4th-5th August 2014.

    Sony Xperia™ Z3 gives you the World’s Brightest Display of the Leading Smartphones

    Smartphone Display Brightness Benchmarks
    Strategy Analytics Smartphone Display Brightness Benchmarking

    *Based on the results of technical testing of display brightness of the Sony Xperia™ Z3 with the HTC One (M8), LG G3, LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as the top selling smartphones globally. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics on 22nd August 2014.

    World’s best technology in a smartphone

    World’s most powerful (waterproof) smartphone*
    World’s highest resolution camera and camcorder in a smartphone*
    World’s most light sensitive/highest ISO rating in a smartphone camera*
    World’s slimmest smartphone with a 20 MP camera*
    World’s highest ingress protection ratings (IP65/68) for a smartphone*
    World’s slimmest waterproof and dust tight smartphone*

  • The Xperia™ Z3 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor which is a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 and 3GB RAM. The Xperia™ Z3 is equal best within this category.
  • LG’s G3 LTE-A is a Korea specific variant of the G3 with Qualcomm’s next generation 2.7 GHz variant of their Snapdragon 805 processor. The Snapdragon 805 has Krait 420 (against Krait 400 in the Z3), which makes this SoC more powerful than MSM8974AC – hence the emphasis on availability (Korea only).
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S5 G906S (Galaxy S5 LTE-A) is also a Korean device powered by the Snapdragon 805, this time clocked at 2.5 GHz
  • Sony’s Z3 (like the Z2 and Z1 before it) sports a 20.7 MP camera sensor. Now similar resolutions are appearing from other vendors:
    – Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
    – Fujitsu ARROWS NX F-05F
    Nokia has also started to release some 20 MP camera Windows Phones with the Lumia 1520, 930, and the Icon.

    Sony continues to dominate the waterproof (IPX8) smartphone imaging space, although Fujitsu recently announced their ARROWS NX F-05F, which is equal best (in terms of specs) within this category. Otherwise, the closest camera sensor size in water-resistant/waterproof smartphones is 16 MP.

    The Xperia™ Z3 combines a 20.7 MP camera sensor with the ability to capture 4K video, resulting in the highest resolution camcorder in a smartphone.
    There are other devices capable of capturing 4k video such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Acer Liquid S2; however these are with 16 and 13 MP camera sensors (respectively) which have a lower resolution sensor compared to Sony devices.
    Sony have introduced ISO 12,800 to the Superior Auto camera Feature; the Z3 products are the first smartphones to support ISO 12,800, providing the highest level of light sensitivity in a smartphone camera.

    * Outside Korea/On global distribution. The Xperia™ Z3 is a waterproof and dust tight (in compliance with IP65/68), slim (7.35 mm), 5.2-inch smartphone featuring a 20.7 MP camera with 4k video capture, powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8974AC 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 26th August 2014.

    Sony Xperia™ Z3 gives you the Best Image Quality of the Leading Smartphones

    Sony Xperia™ Z3 gives you the World’s Best Image Quality of the Leading Smartphones

    59% of consumers preferred the quality of images captured by the Sony Xperia™ Z3 to those captured by all other Leading Smartphones

    Consumers consider the Sony Xperia™ Z3 as producing the best quality pictures of the Leading Smartphones in low-light and regular situations

    Based on the results of a blind assessment of images captured by the Sony Xperia™ Z3 and LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 as rated by 201 UK consumers. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as the top selling smartphones globally. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 4th-5th August 2014.

    Sony Xperia™ Z3 gives you the Best Video Quality of the Leading Smartphones

    the Most Stable Video Capture of the Leading Smartphones

    On average, consumers rated video captured by the Sony Xperia™ Z3 3.3/5 for overall quality.
    The Sony Xperia™ Z3 achieved the highest rating of 3.4/5 for “stability of footage” captured by the device, but the device was rated lower than competitors for “Brightness” and “Sharpness”.
    On average, consumers rated the quality of a downloaded HD video clip played back on the Sony Xperia™ Z3 4.5/5.
    The Sony Xperia™ Z3 performed on par with the Samsung Galaxy S5; rated first for sharpness but second by a narrow margin for stability and brightness of video playback.

    *Based on the results of a blind assessment of video experience delivered by the Sony Xperia™ Z3 and LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 as rated by 201 UK consumers. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as the top selling smartphones globally. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 4th-5th August 2014.

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    Based on the results of specifications comparison, a blind assessment of the imaging, video and gaming experiences delivered by Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Apple iPhone 5c, Apple iPhone 5s, HTC One Mini, and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini as rated by 202 UK consumers, and the results of processor and battery performance testing. Premium Compact Smartphone defined by Strategy Analytics as top selling smartphones globally with a display size of less than 4.5 inches and an average launch price greater than 300 EUR. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 20th November – 6th December 2013.