Around the first quarter of this year, Sony offers another flagship phone to the market, the Sony Xperia XZ2.
It is your typical 2018 phone; it comes with a huge Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen display powered by the latest processor octa-core unit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
To video vampires out there, this Android phone is supported by Sony’s Bravia TV; giving you an experience of a movie theatre within the size of your palm.
Related: How to sim unlock your Sony Xperia phone for use with another carrier.
SONY Xperia XZ2’s build and design
Xperia XZ2 released a refreshing pocket-friendly and palm-fit design with gentle curves at the back, trashing the brick-like structure of the older models of Sony.
The outer hard parts of this flagship phone are toughened by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the strongest glass available today. It’s accentuated with an Aluminum metal that contributed to earning its rating—IP68 dust- and water- resistance.
It’s 6 inches tall, with 5.7 inches of screen display.
The only caveat is that it is not coated with the anti-fingerprint coating. It should be cleaned regularly to keep its shiny look. It is still with IPS LED which is energy saving.
This is finished with four different color coatings—liquid black, liquid silver, deep green, and ash pink.
This phone has two variations, one has a single Nano sim and 4GB of RAM (H8216), and the other model has a Dual Nano sim with 6GB RAM (H8296).
In addition, the external memory is expandable up to 400GB. It is best for storing numerous videos, movies, music videos, and other entertainment kinds of stuff.
The battery capacity of this phone is a whopping 3180mAh. The energy consumption is lesser due to its faster Snapdragon 845 processor, the latest in Qualcomm technology.
Its powerful processor makes your battery last longer than your normal usage.
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Sony Xperia XZ2 Features
And if convenience is a major concern, Sony Xperia XZ2 has wireless charging capability. Its battery is refilled using a dock, and the hassle of using coiling wires is now gone.
In this phone, Sony sticks to fingerprint biometrics, which is not a bad move, since Face ID security is still shrouded with a lot of security and usability issues.
This flagship phone carries a 19 MP rear camera with their latest technology called Motion Eye, bringing photos and video experience into HDR. It is also draped with new photo features that will really boost your creativity.
Our favorite is their 3D capturing. You can now scan a 3D photo in 360˚ and share it.
On the other side of the leaf, its 5MP front camera is such a letdown, too low for the likings of selfie addicts.
Headphone jacks are out for this model. This is replaced by Sony’s LDAC technology, a wireless/Bluetooth headphone. But if you’re insistent in using headphones, a USB Type- C to 3.5mm Audio Jack adapter is included in the packaging.
Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Huawei Mate 20 vs. iPhone XR
This is the specs of Sony Xperia XZ2 versus the other flagship phones of two known brands circulating the market.
||Sony Xperia XZ2
||Huawei Mate 20
||Apple iPhone Xr
||6.02 x 2.83 x 0.44 inches (153 x 72 x 11.1 mm)
||6.23 x 3.04 x 0.33 inches (158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm)
||5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches (150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm)
||1080 x 2160 pixels
||1080 x 2244 pixels
||828 x 1792 pixels
|| 19 mp
||Up to 400 GB
||Up to 256 GB
||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
||HiSilicon Kirin 980
||Apple A12 Bionic APL1W81
||Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
||Octa-core, 2600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A76 and ARM Cortex-A55, 64-bit, 7 nm
||Hexa-core, 2490 MHz, 64-bit, 7 nm
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These three flagship phones offer HDR features in their camera. However, if you are into taking selfies, this might not be the best phone for you.
The output of its front camera is bad and looks cheap. Really bad, like taking a picture with a lot of mosquitos in it. Definitely not for your Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter stories. A big thumbs down.
On the other hand, if you’re engrossed in watching TV, movies, videos, and other forms of visual displays, Sony Xperia XZ2 is the better choice.
Still, choosing a phone will depend on your personal preference as a buyer.
This is an oldie but goodie from Sony Xperia, and was originally released in the United States in October 2014. Yes, in cellphone terms that’s an ice age ago, but the Sony Xperia Z3 remains a popular phone to unlock, and a fast seller on eBay and other auctions sites.
The Xperia Z3 hails the entry for Sony of design aesthetics such as a curved bezel. Like its predecessors, the Xperia Z3’s design consists of a metal frame with a glass backing; with the metal frame being rounded, while the device itself is slightly slimmer than the earlier Z2. Equipped with a near phablet sized 5.2” FHD screen, the Sony Xperia Z3 carries slightly higher IP ratings for water and dust-proofing than the Z2. With a 1080p display and a density of 424 ppi, it also features Sony’s “Triluminos” technology.
Incorporating years of Sony camera expertise, the Xperia Z3 includes Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies for bright, crisp, and super sharp photography. The rear facing camera is a mighty 20.7 Megapixels with a Sony Exmor RS image sensor, along with improvements to “SteadyShot” and “Intelligent Active” modes. It also has ISO 12800 sensitivity, enabling you to capture moments in low light.
The phone comes with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip with 3 GB of RAM, with Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). The Z3 includes a non-removable 3100 mAh battery with up to two days of battery life. The phone runs on a single nano sim card upgradeable to 128GB via the microSD slot.
Unlock your Sony Xperia Z3 with UnlockBase
At the time of its release in the fall of 2014, the phone was compared favorably with the Samsung S4. The phone was on the market offered by T-Mobile in black, and some of these phones are still locked with an RSU App. If this is not what you want and you are keen to get rid of it, UnlockBase can help.
With the largest database on the web for phones and service providers, UnlockBase will not be beaten on price. For just $29.90 we can unlock and free up your Sony Xperia X3 in less than 24 Hours using the official Android Official Unlock for T-Mobile USA. Before you order the app make it’s important to make sure your phone is free of any viruses and is not blacklisted, or else the app will not be able to help you.
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Unlocking the boot loader on your Sony Xperia Z3 enables you to perform a variety of custom functions, from flashing custom kernels and ROMS to initiating rooting features. Before you implement the methods detailed below, remember that Sony’s warranty doesn’t cover mishaps resulting from custom tweaking, such as bricking. Back up the contents of your phone, as all data will be erased upon unlocking.
Preparing to Unlock the Sony Xperia Z3
- Verify that you have installed the Android ADB and Fastboot drivers on your computer using the Minimal tool’s quick setup feature.
- Check whether your phone supports unlocking of the boot loader. Navigate to the dial pad on your phone and type *#*#7378423#*#*.
- Once the code is entered, a menu appears.
- Navigate to Service info > Configuration > boot loader Unlock. If the message reads “Yes,” you have confirmed that the phone supports unlocking of the boot loader. Otherwise, you can check whether the boot loader is already unlocked, which may be the case if your phone was pre-owned.
- Navigate to the dial pad and type *#06#* to display your phone’s IMEI number. Record the number for reference.
- Turn off your phone.
- Launch the Minimal ADB and Fastboot command prompt.
- Press and hold down the Volume Up button on your phone and connect the USB cable from your phone to your computer. If you have a modified Z3 phone, try pressing and holding down the Back button instead.
- Verify that your phone is using the most recent Android firmware. Unlocking the phone with older firmware installed may cause the camera to stop working.
- Type fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version into the command prompt and press Enter. The window will output a response value in the form of a decimal. If this value is displayed, then the phone is properly set up.
- Navigate to the Sony Developer unlock web page and read and accept the terms and conditions to proceed. Note that your warranty may be void if you proceed.
- Type your name, your Xperia Z3’s IMEI number barring the last digit, and your email address into the appropriate fields. Click the Submit button to send an unlock code request to Sony.
- Check your inbox for an email from Sony containing your Xperia Z3’s boot loader unlock code. If you don’t see the email after waiting a few minutes, check your Spam folder.
- Type fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xCODE into the command prompt, replacing code with the unlock code you received from Sony. Press Enter to fully unlock the boot loader. The command prompt should display logs.
- If the above steps didn’t work, consult a professional phone unlocking company for more advanced services.
Relocking the Sony Xperia Z3
After you unlock the Xperia Z3, relocking it is easy, even for people without experience. Relocking the boot loader enables the phone to access important system updates and lets you fix system issues via SEUS/PCC. Follow these steps to relock your phone:
- Verify that FlashTool is downloaded and properly installed on the phone.
- Download the appropriate FTF Z3 boot loader relock file to your computer.
- Open the FTF file in FlashTool. When the flashmode prompt appears, turn off the phone and, while holding down the decrease volume button, connect the USB cable from your computer to your phone to enable flashmode.
- Restart your phone after the flashing completes to fully relock the Z3 boot loader.
- As with the unlock procedure, if you have trouble relocking your phone, search online for a reputable phone unlocking company for tailored services.
Due to this being extremely technical, we hold no responsibility if phone is broken, bricked or damaged by using this method. It also depends on the version firmware of the Sony Xperia and this method might not work in future. We recommend being very careful. To avoid these issues, you can simply order the unlock code for your Sony Xperia Z3 from UnlockBase. You might also want to read our post about If you are thinking about purchasing the Sony Xperia Z3 be sure to look into all the possible consequences before making a decision about modifying your device.
Disclaimer: UnlockBase is not responsible if users break / brick or damage their phone while trying to use this method.
Since 2008 the Sony Xperia (a name taken from the word experience) line of smart phones and tablets have been a mainstay of their mobile device line. Growing with the new world of hand held, mobile computing, Xperia products first began incorporating the Android operating system in 2010. Every new piece of technology released in the Sony Xperia line is a chance for users and techies alike to explore the possibilities offered by the continued improvement in functionality and processing capabilities. The announcement about the newest addition to their smart phone line, the Xperia Z3, already has tech sites buzzing about the device while carefully examining its capabilities.
Bootloaders, Smart Phones and You
The world of DOS, Windows and now Android has always been about allowing users the freedom to customize their experience. Open source code and the world of innovation allowed continuous improvements and changing. Savvy smart phone users figured out that by unlocking a phone’s bootloader many major pieces of software could be modified and customized. A bootloader is the instructions guiding a phone during start up. Unlocking the bootloader allows for new operating systems to be installed and loaded that have been developed specifically for Android based phones such as Ubuntu or Cyanogen. However, there are potential drawbacks if you decide to modify your smart phone.
Sony Warns Xperia Users Against Unlocking Bootloaders
Smart phone manufacturers are generally against users unlocking the bootloader on their device. Obviously there are monetary reasons for this, as manufacturers contract with software companies to create the platform and related applications on any given device. Furthermore companies warn that the integrity of security may be compromised by altering the configuration of a device. Sony states on their website that unlocking the bootloader on their Xperia Z3 device will void the warranty due to these concerns. Sony additionally warns users that unlocking the bootloader may cause certain preloaded applications to fail, prevent updates to software and cause users to be unable to purchase and download anything from Sony’s digital storefronts.
DRM Keys and Mobile Devices
The reason that unlocking the bootloader on the Sony Xperia Z3 may cause so many problems for users is the face that in doing so the device’s DRM keys will be deleted. DRM (digital rights management) security keys allow a smart phone to prove that it has the right to use certain applications or online purchases related to the device. When these keys are lost by unlocking the Xperia’s bootloader certain applications become unusable and users are unable to prove to Sony’s online storefronts that the device is compatible and secure. The decision by Sony to make these DRM keys linked to the system’s bootloader leaves users with a difficult decision to make if they want greater customization options.
Sony Xperia Camera Algorithms Affected
The loss of the Xperia’s DRM security keys also reportedly affects the functionality of the device’s camera. The camera on the Xperia Z3 has been billed as one of the smart phone’s major strengths, producing crisp, clear images. The loss of the DRM keys due to unlocking the device’s bootloader apparently affects the camera’s image quality. This is due to the fact that the camera’s advanced algorithms controlling image quality are controlled by the DRM keys. While this type of result occurred in the past with other Sony devices, several sources that got their hands on the Xperia Z3 early have released images showing a significant reduction in quality.
Hopefully you can unlock your Sony without compromising the Bootloader. To avoid any issues, we recommend ordering the factory unlock code of your Sony Xperia Z3. Ultimately it is the user’s decision to modify their device or make major changes through unlocking the bootloader. It is important to understand the positives and potential drawbacks before making a decision that could potentially affect your smart phone’s performance, software and warranty. If you are thinking about purchasing the Sony Xperia Z3 be sure to look into all the possible consequences before making a decision about modifying your device.
Today we updated our services for ordering the Unlock Code for the Sony Xperia and Sony Ericsson Unlocking Code. First, our cheapest option (Monday Delivery Service) is unfortunately no longer supporting all networks, instead it’s now limited to United Kingdom Networks (including Ireland). But we have added a new special service to Unlock the Sony Xperia Cell Phone from Spain & Portugal in less than 24 Hours. And finally, our unique “Worldwide” service is now supporting all other networks (this means any Network & Country besides UK, Spain, and Portugal) and is now faster (delivering three batches per week instead of two). Here is the list of the new services:
Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson – Spain & Portugal Networks – [Tool ID: 717] : Delivery in up to 5 business days.
Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson – United Kingdom Networks (Monday Delivery) – [Tool ID: 391]: The Supplier collects the IMEI every Monday evening around 11pm (GMT+1) and delivers the code on Tuesday or Wednesday of the same week (usually in the morning!)
Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson – WorldWide (3 Batch / week) – [Tool ID: 571]: The Supplier collects all pending IMEI every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday around 4am (GMT+4). And delivers all the Unlock Codes less than 10 Hours after collecting the IMEI.
You can check our prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.
We just add a new service to Unlock Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson by Code (just with IMEI). This new service deliver All Levels (SPCK, NCK, NSCK, CCK). Supplier collect all IMEI every Monday Evening around 11pm (GMT+1) and deliver the code 24 Hours later on Tuesday . It’s a second service for “Monday Delivery” (All Levels) at a cheaper price, but limited to Sony locked on French, Spanish or United Kingdom Networks.
Tool Name: Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson UK/France/Spain – Monday Submission
Tool ID: 600 <- for API
Price: €15 or $20 or £12.5
We just start to promote today a new Service to Unlock Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson. This new service is working from Monday to Friday. The supplier collect all pending IMEI everyday at 5pm (GMT+1) and deliver the code the next day around noon. If you submit an IMEI on Friday you’ll receive it next Monday (no delivery the week end)
WARNING: This service deliver only the NCK Code and not All Levels (SPCK, CCK, etc…). It’s your responsibility to check BEFORE place your order that the phone only need the NCK as the supplier won’t provide a refund (even with a video proof) if the phone is asking for another Level. (In that case you can use the “All Levels” service (Monday or Wednesday Submission)
Tool Name: Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson – 24 Hours Service (NCK Only) [Tool ID: 599]
Turnaround of Delivery: 12<>24H from Monday to Friday
Pricing: $19 or €14 or £11.5
We recently reduced the advertised price for Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson by IMEI
Old Price: €28 or $36 or £23
New Price: €16.9 or $22 or £14.5
Just as a reminder, keep in mind the supplier collect IMEI every Monday around 11pm (London Timezone) and deliver code the next day (Tuesday Late Evening). Additional discount are available for re-seller who do more than 10 IMEI per week on this service:
10 + IMEI / week : $20
100+ IMEI / week : $19
250+ IMEI / week : please contact me by email ([email protected])
We’re happy to inform our customers that we just add a new service to Unlock all Sony Xperia & Sony Ericsson from Orange Poland. We test the service with few IMEIs and it look to be working properly ! So we can today advertise this fully tested & working service. Absolutely all models are supported and unlock code are coming in less than 24 Hours.
Tool Name: “Orange Poland – Sony & Sony Ericsson” [Tool ID: 444]
Turnaround for Delivery: 12<>24 Hours
Price: €19 or $25 or £16
We’re pleased to inform that the two services “SonyEricsson (IMEI + S/N)” (Tool ID: 112) & “Sony Xperia (IMEI + S/N)” (ID: 391) are now back to work at full speed. And now we just need IMEI (no more need to ask customer for S/N or KBH). So we rename these two services to : “SonyEricsson (IMEI Only)” & “Sony Xperia (IMEI Only)” and both keep the same Tool ID.
Suppier collet IMEI usually Tuesday evening and deliver the code the Thurdsday or Friday of the same week.
Please note that these two services provide all levels of code: (SPCK, NCK, NSCK, CCK) or (NLCK4, NSLCK4, SPLCK4U, CLCK4, PCK4, ESLCK4, NLCK4U, NSLCK4U, SPLCK4U, CLCK4U, PCK4U, ESLCK4U)