Sony Xperia Z3+ launched in India for Rs.55990
Sony launched its new flagship Android phone, Xperia Z3 Plus in India today with a rather high price tag of Rs.55990 (over $900). It will be available starting June 26 via online stores and retail stores across the country. At this price Sony has bundled a QuickCharge 2.0 enabled charger (worth Rs.3500) and a screen protector with the phone package. Sony Xperia Z3+ is the latest and most powerful member of Sony’s Xperia Z series of devices. Successor to last year’s Xperia Z3, it is one of those very few phones in the market right now which have the fastest Snapdragon 810 processor. Xperia Z3+ is already available in Japan as Xperia Z4. However aside from the processor, Xperia Z3+ is not a big upgrade over its predecessor Xperia Z3. Here are it’s specs in a nutshell –
- 64-bit octacore CPU (quadcore 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quadcore 2GHz Cortex-A57), Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, Adreno 430 GPU
- 5.2 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels (424ppi) IPS LCD touchscreen, TRILUMINOS & Live Color LED technology
- 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, upto 128GB microSD card support
- 20.7 MP main camera, 5MP front camera
- Android 5.0 Lollipop OS
- 2930mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0 technology, STAMINA mode for 2 days battery life
- Slim and light-weight – 6.9mm thickness, 144gm weight, IP68 certified water-proof and dust-proof design
Sony Xperia Z3 is currently available in Indian market for about Rs.35000 ($580). So basically you are spending over 20000 extra bucks just for just Snapdragon 810 which is absolutely irrational. More so when better options from other manufacturers are available at a more reasonable price point. For example Samsung Galaxy S6 – Rs.34500 ($550), Galaxy S6 Edge – Rs.45000 ($715) and LG G4 – Rs.43000 ($680) are some of the alternatives you may consider. It’s high time that Sony considers dropping the price of their Android phones, or be prepared to get out of the highly competitive, price sensitive market soon.
For the past two years or so, Sony is apparently neglecting its phone business. If you take a quick glance at Sony’s recent flagships (Z to Z3+), it is clear that they are not interested in innovation anymore. Same design, almost same camera, more or less same battery, same display and the list goes on. There are only two things that differentiate these flagships – processor and the OS version. If you compare the specs sheet of Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z3, the same story goes here, it seems Sony has done nothing except changing the processor. Xperia Z3 has Snapdragon 801 (Quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400) while Z3+ runs a Snapdragon 810 (an octacore CPU). Compare it with latest flagships of LG and Samsung (LG G4, Galaxy S6 etc) which have many trend-setting, exclusive features and innovative designs. While Sony Xperia Z series phones have not evolved much since the original Xperia Z hit the market three years back.