While other big mobile brands launch their flagship devices on a yearly basis, Sony has set a trend of announcing two flagships in a year’s time. The Japanese manufacturer has announced a successor to its flagship Xperia Z2, which was announced earlier this year. The device has already been talked about a lot in the past couple of week as it received some concrete and vague spec leaks.
The Xperia Z3 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution) Triluminous display, similar to the Sony Xperia Z2 with an exception of reaching 600 nits when brightness peaked, thus improving the outdoor visibility. The Z3 display comes with Sony’s set of new enhancements like Live Colour LED, X-Reality for mobile and intuitive contrast. It will be powered by a 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, which is a minor upgrade from Z’s 2.3 GHz Snapdragon SoC.
While on the storage front, it packs a 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD card slot, which is just the same as available on the predecessor. The device is running on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box with Sony’s seamless custom UI. In the camera department, the device sports an improved 20.7MP Autofocus rear shooter with pulsed LED flash, 4K video recording support, and Sony’s Exmor RS sensor for better imaging. At front, the Z3 boasts a 2.2MP shooter to take amazing wide selfies as well as video chat at 1080p resolution.
For connectivity, the device offers various set of features like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and A-GPS/GLONASS . The device is also water and dust resistant with highest ratings of IP65 and IP68, and at 146.5 x 72 x 7.3mm it’s slightly slimmer and lighter than Z2 at 152 grams, but it packs a 3100 mAh battery that is 100 mAh smaller against its predecessor, though, which can last longer when you use STAMINA mode, but usually it has a rated talktime of up to 19 hours.
Company has introduced an interesting feature that lets Xperia Z3 or its little sibling Xperia Z3 compact users control games on Sony PlayStation 4 gaming console via the remote control feature on the newly announced devices. On the surprising note, Sony just listed its Xperia Z3 for a pre-order price of £549, which is approximately $900 or INR 54,600.
So, it’s crystal clear that Sony has come up with a flagship device, but no major changes are done on this new device. On the comparison note, Sony Xperia Z3 is not so great against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or say Lenovo’s upcoming flagship dubbed as Vibe X2, which will probably launch with Android L version, as teased on the press invite for today’s IFA keynote in Berlin.