The Xperia Z3 Plus comes with a pre-applied screen protector

by XB on 25th June 2015

in Xperia Z4 and Z3+ series

xperia-z3plus-screen-protector imageSony Mobile used to include a pre-applied anti-shatter film to its smartphones up until early last year. This used to frustrate owners given that the anti-shatter film would scratch easily. The Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet were the first devices to not include the film much to the delight of owners, allowing them to choose their own solutions if needed.

Well it looks like Sony is up to its old tricks again, as it includes a pre-applied screen protector for the Xperia Z3+. Android Central reports that this film is badly fitted and lacks any oleophobic coating, which means lots of smudges. It’s not all bad news though as this is not the same anti-shatter film from the past, it is a simple screen protector that can be easily removed. Sony advises users to keep the protector on, as can be seen in the excerpt from the user guide below. However, some owners are likely to want to remove it as soon as they get hands on.

Xperia Z3+ screen protector

xperia-z3plus-screen-protector image

Via Android Central.

  • Raj Singh

    The Surface Pro has the best oleophobic coating I’ve ever felt on a screen… iPad, Windows, Android.

  • Bloobat

    You think they’d fit a quality protector, cost to them vs customer satisfaction would be well worth it

  • nfs2010

    So they gave a free a screen protector that it can be taken off easily and we have news? They didn’t have anything on Z2 & everyone was happy? What is this, Xperiablog? Some kind of joke?

  • Thomas

    Why would anyone complain about a free, pre-installed screen protector that literally takes 2 seconds to remove if you don’t like it?

  • Ryan Kumar-jassi

    I have a screen protector on all my devices even my sw3 if it allows me to get more money for the condition of my device when im read to sell it then its worth it I scratched the built in protector on my Xperia play peeled it off and it looked brand new I think that a £2 protector is worth saving your £500 xperia ive seen some one peel sonys protector which stopped their acctual screen from cracking

  • Abhinav Tella

    Well, its ok, its just a free protector which is nice, at least its not the warranty voiding anti-shatter film of the Z/Z1…

    I just use tempered glass protectors from Nilkin, gives the same feel as the original glass + ole-phobic coating. Also it actually helps against frontal impacts. For $7 its a much better option than buying those flimsy protectors.

  • It basically means: “We used cheap glass on your screen again. Why? Fuck you, that’s why!” (c) Sony

  • Svnjay

    That’s a great thing. I don’t know why people complain. It’s not like the logo gets removed like on earlier models.

  • Svnjay

    How is it cheap glass? It’s just a screen protector.

  • J Cav the Great

    OMG are you serious?? I thought one would complain about the performance rather than a film that comes off in 5 milliseconds…. Really??

  • Timel


    They should complain about the shitty camera of the Z3+

  • iGMX

    This sounds like a “news” article a troll would write. :/

  • jmaxim917

    Because previously it would remove the Sony logo as well. Besides, people like to complain about everything.

  • jmaxim917

    Hopefully its on the Verizon model and removing it would remove those ugly Verizon logos as well. I smell a lawsuit.

  • bilomar

    Got one too, it’s the best thing you can do to your phone. You can’t even see that it has one on my white z3

  • Nuno

    Just received my Sony Xperia Z3+ from the UK and it works fine here in the States, but when on 4G Lte, it displays 4G and not LTE like my Z3. Can anyone help with suggestions on what rom I can use to flash my device. Thanks

  • gamer324

    Which carrier network are you on? Maybe you just need to set up an lte APN?
    on kitkat profiles can be set in ‘Settings>More>Mobile Networks>Access Point Names’. I don’t think they changed that in lollipop so give it a shot.
    You will have to look up the lte APN settings for your carrier off the internet as every carrier has a different APN.
    This is just a suggestion, may or may not be the issue as I am neither in the US nor do I have a z3+

  • gamer324

    Only $7? That’s great value.

  • gamer324

    Would be interesting to see a scratch test comparison between a z3+ with that pre-applied protector, and between one without it.
    I’m hoping that Sony is still using the same durable Gorilla Glass/Dragontrail Glass as the rest of the Z series. Haven’t heard anything otherwise.

  • Abhinav Tella

    Nilkin has H+ and H models only difference being “+” has tapered edges and so costs a little more ~$10. Amazon actually sent me the regular H by accident lol. Different vendors on Amazon have different pricing for it and some offer free shipping so look a little deeper and you can get a good deal.

  • Nuno

    Its because of the rom, I need a rom that displays LTE. In North America they use LTE in Europe most countries display 4G. My phone came from England. And I cant find any roms

  • Abhinav Tella

    I think some people were just afraid it might be like the Z/Z1 where removing the film voided warranty, which is clearly not the case here.

  • James Neuburger Gaston

    Why do you want to change it? 4G logo is cooler than LTE hahaha

  • Nuno

    Not at all i like LTE better. So I am looking for a rom to flash my Z3+

  • Jason Low

    Asia roms shows LTE ;) on my Z4 Tablet its LTE (i’m from Malaysia)

  • Nuno

    Didnt find a rom from Malaysia for the Z3+ is it out there already???

  • Faisal Armand

    Meanwhile, guys at dxomark have tested the camera of Z3+

    The score is shocking for me, really. I thought the photo score would be lower than Z2 & Z3

  • jrnr

    No it’s really much more better than z3

  • ramuk

    LOL. I’m sorry dude, but now i’m going to laugh at you and other people who said Z3+ is worse than previous Sony flagship. Despite the obvious improvement they made with Z3+ people said its shitter. LOL,LOL.

  • aidy.lucas

    The best non tempered glass screen protectors I have found are by mediadevil. Had one on my m2 since Nov and it still looks like I just fitted it and you get two in the pack even the packaging is quality. Approx £8 of Amazon will never buy another brand again

  • Matt

    Hard proof that he knows absolutely nothing at all about Camera

  • mountain

    No way. Been using the Z3+ for over 2 weeks. Colours are astonishing. The only complain is it does have quite a bit of noise and low dynamic range

  • mountain

    Hong Kong and Taiwan devices are pratically the same. In Hong Kong, we use LTE logo, whereas taiwan uses 4G. I am currently using the dual sim version, with AT&T and t-mobile, both displaying LTE.

  • ramuk

    Its not just him, but the good thing is that Faisal is a True Sony fan who wishes Sony to improve their camera and for that I respect him. But Timel ( well, we all know he is just a sad troll), ZeRo+ ( another samsung paid bitch), HAWX (the cheap troll, who always upvote Timel’s comments), Muhammad Najmi Mohd Amir ( another insecure samsung fan who can’t help but troll Sony), DBS (moronic Nokia fan) these people don’t deserve any respect. They use criticism as an excuse to troll here. A*****le like these deserve no respect.

  • Faisal Armand

    Yup, I agree with you about the colours. It’s better than previous xperia cameras, but what I don’t like is Sony applies stronger noise reduction that causes blurrier details than before

  • Matt

    nope, dont take me the wrong way mate , im not with you in this hate vortex.

    I do not want to call people ,fan , or fanboy, and discredit their opinion. we are all a fan of something are we ? and im okay with that. if fasial is a sony fan,does that makes his baseless hating (of sony camera, because clearly DXO mark praises it, it is not perfect , but good) opinion ok(and deserve respect)? Its just, some of us have too much time and less logic than other people.

    yes troll like timel is annoying for sure, but i dont like them because they are hating sony product . . although i like xperia z3. but it makes the comment section pain to read . . . thats all

  • Faisal Armand

    Hi bruh.. That’s just my opinion.

    I have a reason to disagree with dxomark and also some reason to agree

    One thing that I agree about the dxomark is better white balance & colours. But what I don’t like is Sony applies stronger noise reduction on Z3+ that causes blurrier details than before.

    Details especially, I was shocked and a bit WTF like when dxomark give Z3+ a detail score of 86. Higher than previous Xperias, Z2 at 83 and Z3 at 75. But what I found in real life is that Z3+ has stronger noise reduction than previously and that causes blurrier details than before. I believe I already make some crops about it

    Look at that tree in the second crop, Z3+ turned that tree into a green cotton candy!

  • Utsav Shah

    Apart from low dynamic range, don’t forget how shitty the HDR mode is.
    And I wouldn’t talk about the panorama.

    But still it is extremely good in daylight.

  • ramuk

    Yes, Gsmarena is the most reliable source for mobile photography…………….NOT.
    And gsmarena is not sponsored by Samsung………………………NOT
    gsmarena review is not biased at all …………………………………..NOT
    gsmarena don’t review product before the final software ………………NOT
    Two or three pics is all we need to determine the overall quality of the camera ………………………………………………………………………….NOT

    Finally my advice to you as a friend – don’t jump to conclusion based on two or three photos especially if the photos comes from a biased tech site. PEACE.

  • Amir

    Sony gives you free screen protector and put it for you with no addition price. no one can complain . don’t like it, remove it. it won’t remove the sony logo. thank sony.

  • Nuno

    And are you using the Xperia Z 3+ from Hong Kong????

  • mountain

    Yes, this is correct.

  • Nuno

    Thanks going to look for Hong Kong ROM só i can flash my device.

  • Nuno

    Just found this ROM – 1294-9654: Hong Kong – Customized HK is this what ur phone has???

  • Nuno

    Just found this ROM – 1294-9654: Hong Kong – Customized HK is this what ur phone has??? Can u send a screen shot please.

  • Nuno

    Just found this ROM on XDA- 1294-9654: Hong Kong – Customized HK is this what ur phone has??? Can u send a screen shot please.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    they are using gorilla glass 4 if im not mistaken. Like almost every other phone manufacturer out there, so you say that gorilla glass 4 is rubbish and cheap? Come on give me a break! haha

  • j_ee

    how do you remove these glass protectors afterwards?
    say if they get scratched heavily and you want to replace them at one point?

  • Geese Howard

    Just remove it and get your own screen protector. Those cost money you know and we get it for so-called free with the phone and hassle free for sticking it ourselves. Not a big problem really.

  • Abhinav Tella

    Just pull them off, from the edge, even if it shatters the adhesive holding layer is intact so it can come of easily.

  • marcyff2

    I wouldn’t trust this site a lot. IIt seems slightly bought. Many sites have said that the iphone 6 plus camera is far supperion to the iphone 6 yet they both score the same value. Having 2 samsungs at the top doesn’t inspire me confidence either

  • nfs2010

    I’ve been using Z3+ for around two weeks. I have a Z2 as well. The images are bigger on Z3+ and white balance is certainly better too. Check out this XDA thread with Z3+,Z2, & S6 shots.

  • Steve

    Even less here in ctg, you can get it as low as $4 :-)

  • Steve

    I’m also kinda sony fan as I’ve been using sony phone since 2005…. I don’t hate others who use Samsung, Apple. I know the differences and what is my liking But Samsung Mobil do start lagging after 3/4 months which sony mobile doesn’t do….

  • Steve

    Also admit s6 do take great pictures but bit over saturated and colours bit off natural…

  • Faisal Armand

    Now that’s what i’m talking about. The main reason why iphone 6+ is superior to iphone 6 camera is because of iphone 6+’s very efficient OIS.

    At indoors & night shots, iphone 6+ uses ISO 64-125 and 1/4s shutter speed. iphone 6 uses ISO > 250 and 1/15s shutter speed. That makes huge difference in terms of pixel quality. And yet DXO ranks both cameras as the same, which is a bit confusing

  • Mathias Cronqvist

    Voided warranty? I find that very hard to believe.
    There was a problem where the Sony logo was on the protector itself, which is beyond stupid.

  • Abhinav Tella

    You can check other sites that have removed them and contact Sony as well…

    Here is a guide on removing the Z1’s film and they clearly state what I just said about the warranty.

  • h2oflyer

    Take it off and put on a glass screen protector… better scratch and shatter protection.

  • nfs2010

    GSMarena & Phonearena are THE biggest pair of samsung whor*es on the web. At this moment, PA would take the title – it’s a horrible site written by idiots with zero technical knowledge along with typos & broken language. They slavishly copy/paste every single fart off the internet. But going by GSmarena’s long history of sucking samsung’s thingy, I’d say they are the worst. Does anyone remember the time when GSMarena used to recommend those shitty omnia phones over iphones =) =) ?

  • ramuk

    Can’t upvote your comment more than 1 time. So, I’m going to say +100000000000000000000000 for your comment.

  • jakobd.
  • asch999

    Is the protector applied to the back side too?

  • James Neuburger Gaston

    There is a xposed module for that

  • Nuno

    Thanks James I found an Asian rom and flashed my Z3+ with it. Its great not only I got the LTE icon that I wanted but also the VoLTE option and toggle switch. And this rom has way less bloatware.

  • BeatrizGRapoza
  • Nuno

    James so far so good, my camera takes good pictures and I actually had a birthday party yesterday and did a lot of recording on 4K. While I was recording I also took pictures to stress out the phone a little and the camera didnt shut off due to heating issues, I know my Z3 did a few times. The z3+ was recording over 5 minutes at a time with no issue. I think the media exagerates a lot when it comes to Sony, when I flashed the phone w Asian ROM I also pushed it, installed all apps at once, set up email addresses all at once and until now no heating issues. The phone runs smooth.

  • Gary Ohanian

    Modern society. People like complaining because they can.

  • Jake Lew

    Read the article z and see the picture

  • jmaxim917

    I suspect you have no idea what previously means.

  • James Neuburger Gaston

    Great! I’m planning to buy it soon :) thank you!

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  • love_my_school

    are you sure that the logo wont be removed??

  • Svnjay


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