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

The Sony Xperia Z3 has just passed China's TENAA certification process, revealing details about two versions of the handset and their hardware specifications.
August 21, 2014

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?