It seems like only 6 months ago that Sony announced the Z2, in fact it’s only been out for 4 months but Sony have already announced a follow-up, the Xperia Z3.
Spec-wise the phone is as expected with a 5.2″ full HD screen, a 20.7 megapixel rear camera and a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor. The main differences between the Z2 and the Z3 are an increase in clock speed, up to 2.5GHz from 2.3GHz and a boost in the IP rating from 58 to 68 meaning the phone is now completely dust proof. Despite Sony teasing over 2m resistance in the build up to IFA, all the press releases speak of the usual 1.5m for 30 minutes level of water resistance.
The phone has changed in design ever so slightly with more rounded edges so the phone is 1mm thinner and the use of a nano SIM rather than a micro SIM. Colours available will be black, white, silver green and copper. The phone is due to go on sale at the end of this month and Three and EE have already confirmed they will be carrying the phone.
Also announced at IFA by Sony was the Z3 compact (Sony seem to have skipped the Z2 compact). The Z3 compact follows in the steps of the Z1 compact by keeping almost all the specs of its bigger brother in a smaller shell. The compromises are a 720p screen and 2GB of RAM rather than 3GB. In return the 4.6″ screened device packs the same camera, screen technology, processor and water resistance capabilities.
Colour options for the Z3 compact are white, black, green and orange/red. Again the Z3 compact will use the nano SIM and be available later this month.
Both phones will feature the active noise cancelling debuted in the Z2 and the tablet Z2, and will add a few extra camera features, that seem to be borrowing from Samsung. Face In allows you to add your reaction to a photo using the front facing camera, Sound Photo allows you to add sound to your photos whilst AR fun allows you to add effects and scribbles to your pictures. Multi-camera is an option that allows you to record footage from 3 Xperia devices together to ensure you capture the moment from all angles. I would expect most of these to be released on the Z2 as well.
One thing that almost certainly won’t be coming to the Z2 though is PlayStation 4 Remote Play. This allows you to connect your phone to the DualShock 4 controller from the PS4 using a seperate mount and as long as you are on the same WiFi network you can carry on playing if you are kicked off the TV, perfect for when the missus wants to watch the soaps (no stereotypes here, honest).
Sony sets a new standard for the flagship smartphone experience with Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact
Unrivalled battery stamina, the best camera and camcorder and PS4™ Remote Play for the first time, all with the highest waterproofing rating available in a choice of two sizes
- Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering with 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame
- Uncompromised performance in Xperia Z3 Compact, perfect for one-handed use
- The only smartphones with PS4™ Remote Play2
- Highest waterproof rating (IP65/68)3 – waterproof and dust-tight to take with you wherever you go
- Unique power-saving technologies for up to two days usage between charges
- 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3” “Exmor™ RS for mobile” image sensor, new 25mm “G Lens” and world’s first smartphones with ISO 12800 sensitivity for superior photos, even in low light
- Unsurpassed audio with choice of Hi-Res Audio, Digital Noise Cancelling support and DSEE HX audio upscaling for near hi-res audio quality
- Our brightest TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile with Live Colour LED and X-Reality™ for mobile with intuitive contrast enhancement for better viewing, even on a sunny day
3rd September 2014, IFA, Berlin – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces its new Xperia™ Z series flagship smartphones – Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Whether it’s with a brilliant 5.2” flagship smartphone or the compact 4.6” form factor, both premium smartphones combine all of the details that make Xperia smartphones great – including the highest level of waterproofing3, enhanced camera experiences and applications, up to two-day battery life4, our best audio quality and PS4™ Remote Play2.
“At Sony Mobile, ‘flagship’ now means offering a choice to consumers of enjoying a large screen Xperia Z3 for immersive entertainment or a more compact, lighter Xperia Z3 Compact that doesn’t ask you to compromise on features,” says Kunimasa Suzuki, President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “Consumers demand and deserve greatness from their smartphone – in design, camera and battery life. That’s precisely what we aim to deliver with Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, at the same time as delivering leading innovations such as unique Sony camera experiences and, for the first time, PS4 Remote Play in two beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphones.”
A fusion of engineering and design
Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Its 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels showcases superior craftsmanship that is available in your choice of a new range of colours including white, black, copper or silver green. At just 152 grams with an easy-to-use interface and symmetrical design, it feels right at home in your hand.
For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia Z3 Compact’s rounded liquid reflection frame with tempered glass panels gives it and elegant, premium finish. The only smartphone to deliver uncompromised performance in a beautifully compact design that is just 8.6mm thick and 129 grams, Xperia Z3 Compact’s design is perfect for one-handed use. Enjoy bold style with Xperia Z3 Compact’s unique colour range including orange and green, in addition to the classic white and black.
Delivering the highest waterproof rating, both are fully waterproof3 (IP 65/68), so you can take your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact with you wherever you go – whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool.
Beautiful design is matched with powerful performance thanks to the fully integrated Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with 4G LTE modem for lightning fast browsing, immersive multimedia experiences and stunning visuals.
Plus, there’s no need to worry about your smartphone being ready when you are – with optimal battery performance, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact push the capabilities of power to give you a long-lastingbattery life of up to two days4. Or, get even more from your battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life.
The world’s best camera and camcorder in a smartphone1
Capture the moments that matter in the highest quality with stunning detail – anytime, anywhere. Drawing on years of expertise from Sony’s award-winning Cyber-shot™ and Handycam™ technologies, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact deliver superior image quality whether it’s in low-light, on the move or even underwater.
The 1/2.3” ExmorRS™ for mobile sensor and BIONZ™ for mobile processing engine work together to give you photos and videos in sharp and vivid detail. Plus, you can fit more into every shot with the new 25mm wide-angle Sony G Lens. If you’re capturing a photo of a stunning sunset, take advantage of the world’s first ISO 12800 sensitivity in a smartphone5 for better detail, even in low light.
Shooting a video? Sony’s new and improved SteadyShot™ technology with Intelligent Active Mode compensates for your movements, analysing dozens of backwards and forward frames, to predict your next steps and make panning smoother and images more stable.
For those most important memories, record clips in super-clear 4K resolution at four times Full HD. Plus, the advanced video mode on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact means you can pause and resume filming, so you can be sure to capture the perfect moment in one file.
New social camera apps and editing features will take your camera experience to the next level. Capture an event and your reaction to it at the same time with Face in. Add scribbles and animations to pictures withAR fun. Create a movie from your photos and videos with Movie creator. Record from multiple angles with up to three compatible Xperia devices filming at the same time with Multi-camera. Or add sound to a photo with Sound Photo.
All of these new camera apps are added to a wide range of popular Xperia camera apps accessible directly from your camera’s viewfinder, including Background defocus, Live on YouTube – by Xperia™ and Timeshift video.
Tune in with an audio powerhouse
The mobile music experience just got re-invented. Sony’s rich audio expertise comes through in every beat with incredible High-Resolution Audio, so you can hear every track just as the artist intended when using Hi-Res Audio headphones such as Sony’s new MDR-1A range. For those tracks that aren’t in Hi-Res quality, Sony’s ground-breaking DSEE HX technology – available now for the first time in our Z3 series – ‘upscales’ the fidelity of your MP3 or AAC music collection as well as your playlists on Sony’s cloud-based digital music service, Music Unlimited8, to near High-Resolution quality.
To enjoy your favourite music without interruption, the Xperia Z3 series brings Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling technology to the smartphone. Ambient noise is reduced by up to 98% when paired with the MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling headset – perfect for that busy commute or tuning out the background in a noisy office.
The front-facing stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround™ play everything loud and crystal clear for those moments when you want to set your sounds free.
Unrivalled entertainment with the only smartphones with PS4™ Remote Play2
Sony has engineered a revolution in gaming technology with the addition of PS4™ Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 series. The only smartphones with PS4 Remote Play, you can now use your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PS4. For those times when the TV is being used, simply connect your Xperia smartphone to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to continue playing games anywhere at home on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.
Additionally, the PlayStation®App lets you use your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact as a second screen to remotely watch the game play of your friends, communicate with PSN™ friends, or purchase PS4 games and download to PS4.
The world’s brightest display of leading premium smartphones9
Whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie, your entertainment is enhanced with Sony’s latest TV technologies. With an ultra-bright display, both smartphones deliver a visual brilliance for a truly great entertainment experience. Combined with Sony’s TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with Live Colour LED, X-Reality for mobile and intuitive contrast enhancement, both Xperia Z3’s 5.2” Full HD display and the 4.6” 720p HD display on Xperia Z3 Compact are sharp and vivid even in bright sunlight.
Convenient connectivity and security
Switching to Sony has never been easier. Just open up the Xperia Transfer Mobile app and a few simple actions later, all of your existing music, photos, contacts and more from your old Android, iOS or Windows smartphone will be ready and waiting for you on your new Xperia.
With NFC compatibility it’s even easier to connect devices and share with more than 160 Sony One-touch enabled products – such as headphones, TVs and SmartWear including the new SmartBand Talk SWR30.
Bringing Your Own Device to work? It couldn’t be easier. Work from anywhere with the advanced Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, which can be synced using Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) and use your favourite business apps from the Android community. And for those switching between work and play, Xperia Z3 is also available in a Dual SIM variant in select markets so you keep both accounts running in one sleek smartphone.
Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact will launch globally from autumn 2014.
Xperia Z3 will be available in White exclusively at Phones 4U.
Xperia Z3 will be available in Silver green exclusively at O2.
Xperia Z3 Compact will be available in Green exclusively at Carphone Warehouse.
For the full specifications of Xperia Z3, please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-z3/specifications/
For the full specifications of Xperia Z3 Compact, please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-z3-compact/specifications/
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 Xperia Z3: Based on the results of specifications comparison, a blind assessment of the imaging and video experiences delivered by Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone and LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 as rated by 201 UK consumers.
Xperia Z3 Compact: Based on the results of specifications comparison, a blind assessment of the imaging and video experiences delivered by Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and HTC One Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5C as rated by 207 UK consumers. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as top selling smartphones globally. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics between 4-5 August 2014. For more information, go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults/
 Functionality available on Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact starting from November 2014 . PlayStation®4 System, DUALSHOCK®4, Sony Entertainment Network and high speed internet connection required. Some games may not support this feature
 In compliance with IP65 and IP68, the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) dust tight and (ii) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP65; and/or (iii) can be kept under 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP68. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. For more information see www.sonymobile.com/durability
 Based on multiple battery performance testings conducted between July and September 2014 in a laboratory under an active use conditions reflective of the Typical Smartphone User by Sony Mobile Communications AB. For more information go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults
 Xperia™ Z3 is a waterproof and dust tight (in compliance with IP65/68), slim (7.35mm), Android smartphone featuring a 20.7MP camera with 4k video capture and ISO 12,800. Xperia™ Z3 Compact is a waterproof (in compliance with IP65/68), slim (8.65mm), 4.6 inch, Android smartphone featuring a 20.7MP camera with 4k video capture and ISO 12,800. Strategy Analytics define a Compact Smartphone as a smartphone with a display size of less than 5 inches. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 26th August 2014, for more information on Strategy Analytics results go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults/
 Silver green available in select markets only
 The Snapdragon 801 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc
8 Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region. Please visit www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details. The number of tracks available from this catalogue varies by country and may be fewer than stated.
9 Based on the results of technical testing of display brightness of Sony Xperia™ Z3 with HTC One (M8), LG G3, LG Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5; and Sony Xperia™ Z3 Compact and HTC One mini 2, Apple iPhone 5C, Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Leading smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as top selling smartphones globally. Leading Premium Compact Smartphones were defined by Strategy Analytics as top selling smartphones globally with a display size of less than 5 inches and a retail launch price >300EUR. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics on the 26 August 2014. For more information, go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults/