Watching videos is the second activity that we did to the Spanish when we access the Internet, behind only the reading of current news. As reflected in the latest survey of ‘Navigators in the network’, published last march, 2018 by the Association for the Research of Media (AIMC). Taking into account that the mobile is the preferred device to access the Network —92.1% of the users states, according to the report—, it is not surprising that every day are more those who use their smartphones to view content on platforms such as YouTube or Netflix.

Precisely, these two platforms have been certified for the Sony Xperia XZ3, the last stop of range of the japanese, such as a mobile phone suitable for watching movies or series. With the aim of checking if it is comfortable or not see our favorite series in this terminal, we have put to the test during several weeks and what we have observed, starting from the most basic, is that it is possible to enjoy multimedia content with quality from a smartphone but the size limits the experience.

Analysis and evaluation


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this Is the first time that Sony has decided to integrate a panel OLED in a mobile device and, thanks to this, boasts of the general benefits of this technology: deeper blacks, vivid images, vibrant colors, and so on. For this model, in addition, has chosen a surface display of 6 inch in the widescreen format in which there is no notch. With QHD resolution+, compatibility with HDR and a variety of technologies created by the company, the calibration series is very positive and can be customized to adapt to different content or settings. The result couldn’t be better: the viewing experience is one of the best we have ever had with a mobile phone irrespective of whether we are indoors or outdoors. Yes, I would have been more a greater brightness and an automatic management system more efficient for this feature (the setting is sometimes a little under).

technical specs

Display : OLED HDR QHD+, 2.880 x 1.440 6″, 18:9, TRILUMINOS,

X-Reality, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, HDR.

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, GPU Adreno 630.

Cameras : Main Motion Eye 19 MP, g lens F2.0 25 mm wide, HDR, recording of movies in 4k and HDR. Front 13 MP.

Sound : LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD, DSEE HX, LDAC, Clear Audio+, stereo Speaker with S-Force Front Surround, HD Audio, Qualcomm aptX, audio jack 3.5 mm

RAM: 4 GB.

Storage : 64 GB expandable by microSDXC cards of up to 512 GB.

Battery : 3330 mAh battery, STAMINA Mode intelligent, Qnovo Adaptive Charging Battery Care, wireless Charging (Qi).

Connectivity : A-GPS, A-Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS 10, Wifi, Bluetooth 5.0, DLNA, Google Cast, NFC, USB Type-C.

Dimensions and weight : 158 x 73 x 9.9 milímeros and 193 grams.

in Addition, the use of a panel OLED makes it possible to which has been added the function of screen Always On, which Sony has dubbed the Screen Environment. In it, you can see all kinds of information with the terminal locked: the time, the notifications or the remaining battery power, for example.

stereo Sound

The sound, to achieve an optimal multimedia experience, accompanies the image in terms of quality. To do this, the Xperia XZ3 includes the same system of stereo speakers that already belonged to previous models such as the Xperia XZ2. It has been enhanced with more power, support for playback of files Hi-Res and standards such as APTx HD, or LDAC, and technologies to improve the sound as DSEE HX or Clear Audio+. What is translate all of these acronyms? The possibility of listening to music, voices and the sound of all kinds of content in a very clear and at a volume high enough through the speakers and from headphones with or without cable. In this sense, it is worth noting that the Xperia XZ3 dispenses with jack, although it does include an adapter in the box so you can continue using the headphones that I already had at home.

As a complement, has the functionality of Dynamic Vibration System, that enriches music, movies and games with vibrations tuned to what you are listening to, similar to the force feedback from the controls of the console. Do not let be something funny, but after our tests only, we would recommend its use for video games.


Huawei P20 Pro (629 euros). One of the best phones to take pictures. Integrates a triple camera Leica.

Samsung Galaxy S9 (629 euros). For the first time in a terminal of the Korean company, has chosen to integrate two speakers. They also have a camera very bright.

iPhone XR (799 euros). Account with a facial recognition system that projects and analyzes more than 30,000 points invisible. in Addition, it uses machine learning to adapt to the changes in the appearance.

LG G7 (414,99 euros). From the smartphone is used to control all the smart devices connected to the home network.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (560,42 euros). Your fingerprint reader is integrated into the display itself, making it possible for a quick release and pressure sensitive.

A cell made for watching videos

The camera of the Xperia XZ3 is not bad. However, the catches made with it are not at the level of the best models of the moment that we have already been able to analyze in a Test Bench. We particularly like a feature that detects when you take off the mobile from the pocket to take a picture and turn the camera on. Surprised how well it recognizes this gesture; so much so, that if instead of removing the terminal from the pocket catch a table, nothing happens. In what yes stands out this terminal is in the video recording, allowing you to capture clips with quality 4K HDR that look so spectacular, as well as slow motion up to 960 frames per second with Full HD resolution.

The performance is always very fluid, and that the RAM (with 4 GB) seemed like it was going to be fair when considering what you offer from the competition. With a standard autonomy, works with Android 9.0 and has some features very curious that capitalize on the design of the mobile. For example, taking advantage of the rounded edges of the screen, you can touch on any area of the left or right edge to access the applications you use most. If they are caressed, it returns to the previous screen.

we can’t end the review without making any reference to the design of this smartphone, the most beautiful of the firm in the last few years. Finally Sony starts to forget about the frames. In addition, its finished in crystal is very elegant. The only downside is that this material, together with a back cover that is slightly curved, it makes you slip a lot in both hands as sitting on multiple surfaces.

The best, the worst and conclusion

best: The display quality of your screen, the video recording and a performance repair.

What’s worst: the finish on the crystal makes it slip a lot and the pictures do not match the best of the competition.

Verdict : very nice in design, it boasts one of the best screens on the market. Hence, the viewing of videos, series and movies a pleasure. It has room for improvement in the camera.


Sony Xperia XZ3. Dimensions of 158 x 73 x 9.9 milímeros and weight of 193 grams; 6-inch screen in widescreen format in which there is no notch, with resolution QHD+, compatibility with HDRy 2.880 × 1440 pixels; processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845; 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; record movies in 4k and HDR.

By 594,66€ on eBay

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