• Pre-order SIM free Sony Xperia Z3+ – £549

    By Jon , May 26, 2015 - Leave a comment

    xperia-z3-plus-gallery-4Sony have today announced another Z device, this time it is the Z3+.

    Whilst it is an upgrade over the Z3 it is not designed to replace the Z3 unless you really wish to upgrade, but be a more suitable alternative should Xperia Z1 or Z2 owners be looking for a change.

    The Z3+ is essentially the much rumoured Z4 which has launched in certain regions.  Why Sony have not stuck with the Z4 name here in the UK who knows.
    The Z3+ has the following key features:

    • Android 5.0 Lollipop
    • 5.2 inch IPS 1080p screen
    • 2.7 GHz quad-core processor with 3GB RAM
    • 20.7 MP Camera
    • 5 megapixel front camera
    • 2,930 battery
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    • MHL 3.0 – For 4K video out over HDMI
    • USB Hostand USB OTG for connecting accessories
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC

    Compared to the Z3 the Z3+ now benefits from an Octa-core, rather than quad-core processor, 32GB of internal memory rather than 16GB, a 5 megapixel front facing camera, whilst also being a little lighter and thinner.

    Eagle eyes will also spot the micro USB port has moved to the base of the phone and has now been waterproofed, removing one more or the flappy port covers. This change means that the magnetic charging connector on the side of the handset has also been removed.

    First stocks of the new Xperia are due towards the end of June and is available for pre-order today for £549 inclusive of VAT for a SIM free units in Black, Copper or White.

    Buy Sony Xperia Z3+

    Jon

    Constantly challenging opinions and looking for new opportunities, Jon develops the product ranges and business activities and very much strives to maintaining growth and taking Clove in to the future. Never knowing when to stop, he spends a lot of time coming up with ideas. When he does relax, however, he can be found out in the forest walking his Dog, down the pub or enjoying food at local restaurants.

    Comments

  • £549 is quite steep don’t you think considering this is just an incremental update? £499 sounds about right in my opinion.

    • Hi John – the pricing is subject to change, this is just a pre-order at the moment based on Sony’s guidelines. Sony’s official RRP does tend to be quite high (as do most manufacturers!), so our SIM free price at launch might drop slightly.

      If I recall the Z3 proper was about 550 on Sony’s official site when it launched and we were selling at about 525. It’s now officially at 500 from Sony, although our price is 400. We’ll have a clearer idea in a couple of weeks

    • Hi Vijay, going by Sony’s previous release strategy probably not.
      They did Z1/Z1C, as well as Z3/Z3C, missing out the Z2. I reckon they’ll miss out the Z3+/4 as a compact. No guarantees, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up

    • Hi Zenity
      If Sony follow their usual release patterns then we wouldn’t get access to this in the UK.
      Dual SIM versions are normally reserved for particular Asian territories – India, Korea etc. and often don’t have the global network support the model we receive has.

  • Hi.

    I’m thinking about buying this phone. Just thinking about it at the moment.

    However can i please direct you to this particular post on this site – http://www.xperiablog.net/2015/06/12/sony-responds-to-xperia-z3-heating-issues/

    Can you ensure that the batch of Xperia Z3+’s you receive are not part of this limited small number of phones Sony is claiming to have these overheating problems. Sounds like major denial to me.

    I mean how do you even figure that out from what you’re being sent. Will you be doing quality control testing when they arrive?

    I look forward to your reply.

    • Hello John, that’s an interesting article and not something we had yet seen. We’ve seen a pre-production Z3+ model in meetings but not had any extended time with the phone as of yet.

      It’s not possible for us to manage an intake of handsets in the way I think you might imagine – the phones we receive will be allocated to us higher up the UK supply chain at a distribution centre. The same would be true for all retailers.

      We can check serial numbers, but unless Sony were to make a formal recall of any serial number ranges (highly unlikely), we would not have recourse to send them back, unless we started seeing an above average return rate from end customers for a single identifiable issue.

      We always perform testing on a few units from the first batch for review purposes and also to get a general feel for the phone for customer service.

      If any of our customers are to experience a heating issue, then we recommend they come back through to us as soon as possible – swap outs & refunds/credits are always possible in the first 28 days, after that we work closely with Sony’s UK warranty services.

      I think it’s also worth noting that how hot a phone is ‘supposed’ to get can be very subjective. Individual use, type of applications etc. all cause differences. Some phones remain notably warmer than others, sometimes due to their physical design and sometimes also due to the components used – time will tell for the Z3+ how most users find it.

  • Hi Josh.

    Thanks for replying.

    Do you know when you’re expecting to receive the proper retail models of the Z3+ from your distribution centre?

    I imagine you’ll soon figure out if there are any problems with overheating once you get the actual retail models in your hands and have a proper play with them. Besides you’ll have to review the phone so that should give you ample time to discover any irregularities.

    It seems the Snapdragon 810 chip is the issue and if the phone is being throttled it cause overheating. I’m sure you know more of the technical jargon and what it all means more than me.

    • They’ll be arriving next week, probably the latter half – Thursday/Friday. We should know on Monday exactly which day to expect them.

      The 810 was cited as running hot when it was first tested earlier this year. Qualcomm did say the issue had been addressed however it is possible they were unable to cool it to levels similar to their other chips.

      It is telling Samsung dropped it in favour of their own Exynos chips and LG used the very similar 808 chip instead. That said there have been reports of Galaxy S6’s shutting down due to heating too, which lends credence to the argument of physical phone design playing a part too – if you build sealed phones with metal and tiny heat-sinks, then there is very little way for the device to cool down if it is being used intensively. Laptops often suffer the same issue when the design when being used heavily, such as gaming or photo/video editing. The Z2 last year had early overheating reports which Sony successfully addressed a few months post-launch with software updates. Time will tell.

      I expect the Z3+ will be just fine under ‘normal’ use, however sites that like to put phones ‘through their paces’ so to speak may take issue with heat levels. Power users and serious multitaskers might find it running warm too – the M9 (also an 810 device) has had similar reports.

      As it stands the only flagship phone to not have these kind of reports is the LG G4 – also the only flagship to feature a traditional design with a removable back and plastic construction instead of metal…

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