Sony Xperia Z3 review

Another massively discounted Android classic from the not-so-distant past? Indeed, and while the Sony Xperia Z3 still costs a cool $60 more through B&H than the HTC One M8 on eBay, the water-resistant 5.2-incher might be well worth it.

For one thing, it’s roughly six months newer, so even though it’s a long shot, it could ultimately get official support for Google’s post-Marshmallow OS iteration. Of course, first it has to leave the archaic Lollipop version behind, and actually run Android M, which should take a few extra weeks tops.

Once it’s up to date software-wise, the respectable hardware will perform like never before, and the $250 (down from $450) you’re asked to cough up right now shall pay off big time. Remember, you’re looking at the same exact 5.2-inch Full HD screen, 20.7MP rear-facing camera and 3GB RAM as on the Z3+, and incredibly enough, a larger 3,100 mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities.

Also, a relatively powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB expandable storage, and 4G LTE connectivity for your US GSM carrier of choice. Oh, and did we mention the Sony Xperia Z3 can graciously survive dust interaction and up to 30-minute swims in 1.5 meter-deep bodies of water? We just did? Then we rest our case, and leave you to your obligatory B&H discount shopping.

Source: B&H Photo Video

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