It essentially looks and feels the same as its predecessor. At 6.9 mm and 144gm, it's marginally thinner and lighter than the Z3, and I don't see any reason why Sony would have played around with a perfected design. It houses a power button, volume control rocker and a dedicated camera key on the right panel and, on the left, it features a single slot which houses both the nano SIM and SD card slots. The charging port and the headphone jack are at the bottom and top, respectively. The curved edges are more distint and accentuated, but the screen is the same as Z3's at 5.2inch with Full HD (1080x1920 pixel) resolution.
As soon as you switch on the phone, you start noticing discernible refinements over the Z3. Playing heavy games, streaming videos and recording 4K videos, were like a breeze. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (1.5Ghz quad-core plus 2Ghz quad-core) does a good job when it comes to speed, but as expected, it heats up the device quite fast. barely eight minutes into recording a 4k video the phone screen displayed a warning:"If the device temperature rises, the app may close during use". Sony must address this issue immediately.
The 20.7 MP rear camera was, however, a treat. The photo quality was quite good across varied lighting conditions. The superior auto mode detected all kinds of landscapes and changed the white balance and other settings automatically. The camera was fast and the 4K videos were not only of great quality, but the playback quality was amazing. The twin speaker embedded inside that slim design packed in a suprising punch.
Overall, the performance of Z3+ was snappy and its dust and water resistant feature makes it that much more appealing. Hopefully, Sony can address the heating issues with future software updates.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Feature packed, but heats up very fast. If this issue is addressed, it may be your next.
PRICE: Rs 53,990
RATING: 4/5 PLUS: Design, camera, water and dust resistant
MINUS: Price, overheating