Sony Xperia XZ3 vs XZ2: What changed?

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs XZ2: What changed?

Sony recently launched the successor to the Xperia XZ2, the XZ3, which looks more pleasing based on the latest trends of the company. But what really changed between the newest flagship device and its predecessor? Let’s check it out!

Here are their detailed specs

SpecsSony Xperia XZ3Sony Xperia XZ2
Display6.0-inch 18:9 QHD+ HDR OLED TRILUMINOS display @ 2880 x 1440px, Corning Gorilla Glass 55.7-inch 18:9 Full HD+ HDR TRILUMINOS display, @1080 x 2160px Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (8 x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 CPU)Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (8 x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 CPU)
GPUAdreno 630 GPUAdreno 630 GPU
Storage64GB UFS64GB UFS
Expandable Storageexpandable via microSD up to 512GBexpandable via microSD up to 400GB (uses SIM2 slot)
Rear Camera19MP f/2.0 AI Motion Eye rear camera with LED Flash19MP f/2.0 rear Motion Eye camera with LED Flash
Video recording960fps Full HD slow Mo, 4K HDR video960fps Full HD slow Mo, 4K HDR video
Front Camera13MP 23mm wide-angle front camera5MP f/2.2 23mm Exmor RS front camera
ConnectivityLTE Cat18, up to 1.2 Gbps download speed4G LTE Cat. 18 6CA 1.2Gbps
4x4 MIMO
SIMSingle SIM, Dual SIM variantsDual SIM
Wi-FiWiFi, MiracastWiFi, Miracast
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USBUSB Type-C 3.1 Gen1USB Type-C 3.1
Sensors- Fingerprint scanner-Fingerprint Scanner
Features- IP65/IP68 dust and water resistance- IP65/IP68 dust and water resistance
Audio-Stereo Speaker with S-Force Front Surround
-Qualcomm aptX HD audioHi-res audio
-Stereo Speaker with S-Force Front Surround
-Qualcomm aptX HD audio
OSAndroid 9 PieAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Battery3,330mAh battery with Quick Charge, Qnovo adaptive charging, wireless charging support3180mAh battery w/ Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Qnovo adaptive charging, Qi Wireless Charging

So what changed in the Xperia XZ3 from the XZ2?

  • Lesser bezels
  • Larger screen size
  • QHD+ resolution
  • OLED display
  • Increased expandable storage
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • Android 9 Pie operating system
  • Slightly higher battery capacity

Sony finally decided to follow the lesser bezel trend in the XZ3. They did a major upgrade with the display as it is now equipped with an OLED panel, has increased size, and better resolution. With this, the viewing experience of users is significantly better than with the XZ2.


Sony retained the Snapdragon 845 processor in the XZ3 as it has the best performing processor currently in the market. There shouldn’t be any real-world difference with the overall performance since both smartphones have the same chipset and RAM configurations.

Camera-wise, Sony didn’t change the setup of the rear camera since it already delivered great performance. (Check our sample shots for the XZ2 here) The company, however, upgraded the front camera by increasing the XZ3’s resolution and adding a wide-angle lens.

In terms of battery, Sony slightly increased the battery capacity due to the display configuration of the XZ3. Based on our video loop test done with the XZ2, it lasted for 14 hours and 33 minutes but we expect that the former will last for a shorter period due to a more power consuming setup.

The newer flagship will also have Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. As it stands, the Xperia XZ2 is not yet on the pipeline to receive the new OS.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is priced at Php43,990 while the XZ3 is priced at USD900 (~Php48,204). What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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1 Response

  1. Ano knee moose says:

    I’ve got the 6gb ram version of the xz2.

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