Which should you buy? Sony Xperia Z3+ or Xperia Z3

Sony Mobile today announced the Xperia Z3+, an upgraded variant of the original Xperia Z3.

Launched recently in Japan and christened Xperia Z4, the new phone's USP is that its cameras come with advanced technologies, a battery with new Stamina technology, an advanced processor and a new waterproof design.

The most comprehensive update in the Z3+ is the new Snapdragon 810 processor. Having been abandoned by Samsung and superceded by the Snapdragon 808 in LG's recently launched G4 flagship phone, it will be interesting to see if Qualcomm's processor rises like the phoenix with the Z3+.

Featuring support for advanced graphics along with faster processing, it will offer a much improved platform for users to multi-task and play high-definition games.

The front camera at 5MP is another major leap from the 2.2MP one in the Z3 and will help users click better selfies and make smoother video calls.

The primary camera at 20MP is the same as the one in the Z3 in terms of resolution. However, it comes with a lot of new features like the BIONZ™ mobile processing engine, the Exmor RS™ mobile image sensor, a 4K video recording and output capability along with Panorama clicking and touch-focus technology.

The new Stamina feature in the 2930 mAH battery also allows Sony to promise a 2-day battery life even though the battery is smaller than the 3100 mAH battery in the Z3. The smaller size can be attributed to a slimmer phone size while retaining the same display as in the Z3.

Here is the comprehensive specs comparison between the two gadgets that covers all that you need to know about Sony's latest gadget:

                     Xperia Z3                     Xperia Z3+

Display           IPS LCD 1080p            IPS LCD 1080p

Weight           152g                           144g

Size               5.75 in                        5.75in  

Thickness       7.3mm                        6.9mm

WaterproofingIP68 certified                IP68 certified

Camera         20MP                           20MP

Front Camera2.2MP                          5MP

Processor      Snapdragon 801           Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit

Battery         3100 mAh                    2900 mAH with Battery Stamina mode

RAM             3GB                             3GB

Storage        16/32GB                      16/32GB

OSAndroid    4.4 Kit Kat                    Android 5.0 Lollipop

GPU             Adreno 330                   Adreno 430

With just the battery slightly less powerful than in the Xperia Z3, the Z3+ is superior in terms of processor technology with advanced graphics support, front camera resolution and GPU and is, at the same time, slimmer and lighter than the predecessor.

The launch will take place in June in most countries and prices will vary depending on the regions where it is launched.

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