Sony Xperia Z3 passes through China’s TENAA certification, complete with specs

by: Robert TriggsAugust 21, 2014
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After a series of leaked images and specification rumors, the Sony Xperia Z3 has finally been picked up in an official certification channel. Two models of the upcoming Sony smartphone has just been spotted passing through the TENAA, China’s version of the FCC, complete with hardware specifications.

As mentioned, two versions passed through the TENAA, the L55t and L55u. The only apparent difference between the two is that the L55t version features TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE connectivity, whilst the L55u comes with WCDMA and TD-LTE options.

In terms of hardware, this certification process has pretty much confirmed our expectations. Not too much looks to have has changed since the Xperia Z2, there is still the same sized 5.2 inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and the familiar 20.7 megapixel rear and 2.2 megapixel front facing cameras.

There are however, a couple of very subtle changes. The Snapdragon MSM8974AB has been changed out to the MSM8974AC, which brings with it a CPU clock speed boost from 2.3GHz to 2.5GHz, and a GPU clock increase from 550Mhz to 578Mhz. However, this slight change really is not going to make any noticeable difference to the handset’s performance.

Snapdragon 800 vs 801

As you can see from the graph above, there’s very little performance difference between the 8974AB and AC Snapdragons.

There was no mention as to whether dust and water resistance remains this time around, but previous leaks suggest that it will. The Xperia Z3 also appears to be a tiny bit slimmer than the Z2, with dimensions of 146.5 x 72.5 x 7.35 mm compared to 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm, and it also weights a slightly lighter 158.4g.

We are expecting Sony to officially unveil the Xperia Z3 at the IFA, which takes place in early September. What do you make of these specs? Perhaps the Xperia Z3 Compact will be more of an upgrade, considering that Sony missed out the Z2 Compact?

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  • Certainly not amazed, will wait for Note 4

    • Abbas Mustafa Bhaiji

      Same here

  • Anonymousfella

    What is the point of this? Meh.

  • Hugo Henrique

    Why the Z3, if its the same as the Z2, lol, really don’t get it…

  • Ninja Squirrel

    S801 is not capable enough to handle 4K video recording. That’s why always s801 Z2 and Galaxy S5 overheat and close the camera app after 3-4 minutes of 4k video recording. Some of my friends in my class who owns the Z2 have faced it and they even showed me it. But I have seen in some internet reviews this problem does not exist on the s805 Galaxy S5 LTE-A. The s805 capable enough to handle even a QHD resolution display with better GPU and gaming without loosing any frames. However, if you are a casual user, you won’t feel much difference between the s801 and s805.

    Anyway, I was quite disappointed and I expected at least a s805 processor in the Xperia Z3. HTC M9 and Galaxy S6 will surely have a s808 or s810 processor. I feel sorry about Sony. They always hasty to release their flagship phones. They never focus on what are the latest hardware has come in the future.

    • Jermaine Smit

      Honestly never had that problem with the s5. I did however test the z2 and i did get that on the z2. Yes it was pretty hot outside but still…

    • Anonymousfella

      For competing against the new One (M9) and S6 they’ll release the Z4 by February.

  • Dominic Giordano

    Why would why even call this the Z3? This is like the Xperia Z2.1. They could have at least upgraded te processor to the 805 to compete with the Note.

    • Abbas Mustafa Bhaiji

      Z2 Slim like they do with PSP and PS3 Models

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  • arcwindz

    Why would sony do this lol. Such a waste in r&d and production budget

  • Max

    After that, the Z1 will be dirty cheap

  • Marty

    I’m all for Sony smartphones. I own a Z Ultra LTE and find it to be built solid like a bank vault. And it works really well. It’s beautiful and elegant, too.