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The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact have been the subject of quite a few leaks recently, not only giving us an idea of what to expect in terms of looks but we also recently learned that the device will reportedly offer the same Snapdragon 801 CPU as the Xperia Z2, albeit with a slightly faster clock speed. Now Evan Blass (aka Evleaks) is bringing us the rest of the Xperia Z3 specs, and so far the device is looking more and more like a very mildly upgraded Z2 — at least on paper.

So what does the Z3 bring to the table? First, the device reportedly jumps up 2.4GHz versus the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 clockspeed on the Xperia Z2. Interestingly enough, this goes against Doomlord’s claim of 2.5GHz for the Z3 Compact. We find it hard to believe that the Compact would have a higher clock speed than the standard model, so more than likely one of these speeds is correct for both models.

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Aside from the improved clock speed, the rest of the specs seem to be pretty much the same as the Z2: a 5.15-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 20.7MP Exmor RS rear cam, a 2.1MP front cam and Android 4.4 KitKat. If you’re scratching your head wondering what’s new with the Z3, don’t worry, we’re just as puzzled. While Sony has long committed to a twice-a-year upgrade model, usually there’s at least a few noticeable improvements between the models like the Z2’s higher quality display and the move from Snapdragon 800 to 801.

Of course there could be some improvements beyond just the core specs and the minor aesthetic adjustments we’ve seen in leaked images, such as the rumor that the device will feature integrated wireless charging. Here’s to hoping that there’s some noticeable software improvements and a few other hidden hardware features as well.

What do you think, based on what we know about the Z3’s specs, do you feel that technology has slowed down to the point where Sony’s twice-a-year release model no longer makes sense? If not improved core specs, what changes does Sony need to introduce in order to make you interested in the Z3?