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Sony Xperia Z3 officially announced: here’s what you need to know

Sony has now taken the veil off the Sony Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014. Let's jump in and take a look at the new device's specs and a few of its special features.
September 3, 2014

Despite the fact that the Xperia Z2 wasn’t announced that long ago and is still very hard to come by for those of us in the United States, during its IFA 2014 press event Sony took the veil off its successor, the Xperia Z3.

Just a little over six months after the Z2’s debut, the Z3 brings a similarly spec’d package with some hardware improvements, better IP65/68 dust and water resistance, as well as a few cosmetic changes. The same basic Z design language might still be present here, but this time around the bezels have been shrunken down a bit and the Z3 is a little less thicker than the Z2 at 7mm versus 8.2 mm.

Overall, the Z3 might seem highly reminiscent of its older Z brothers, but it certainly looks more polished and refined this time around. The handset is also available in four colors: white, black, copper and sliver green.

Specs and hardware features

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM 8974-AC
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 5.15-inch 1080p display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20.7MP main camera
  • 4K video capture (3840×2160 pixels/30p) with SteadyShot image stabiliization
  • Digital noise-cancelling technology for an immersive audio experience
  • 2.1MP front cam
  • 16GB storage
  • 4G LTE support
  • Water and dust resistance (IP68)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Weighs 152g

As you can see, there’s not a whole lot of change here when compared to the Z3’s predecessor, save for a slight increase in processor speed. You get the same CPU, same GPU, same amount of RAM, and same storage options. Of course, as Motorola has shown us with the Moto X, there’s more to a good phone than just on-paper specs.

Some of the hardware improvements that you can’t see on paper include the 5.2-inch triluminos display, which features greater brightness capabilities in order to improve outdoor visibility. The camera also is a bit different here even if it doesn’t seem so at first glance. Sony says it is the first smartphone camera with ISO 12800 sensitivity, which should give it excellent low-light performance. The camera also now offers a 25mm wide-angle Sony G lens and “new and improved SteadyShot technology with Intelligent Active Mode assures smoother videos and images.”

Sony has also made some software optimization improvements that reportedly will allow the device to get through two days on one battery charge.

Expected Availability

For those in the US, you’ll be happy to know that the Xperia Z3 will arrive this fall, the same time as everyone else gets it. The phone will be exclusive to T-Mobile (at least for now) which isn’t as good as having wide carrier availability, but it’s a start.

More Coverage

We’ll be bringing you more great coverage as the day progresses, so be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be updating this post with links to all the greatest news and videos related to the Z3.