With the commencement of the IFA 2014 tech show today, most of the expected devices are already witnessing the light of the day. Following the launches from Samsung, now Sony Mobiles has also unveiled a series of devices including: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compant, Xperia E3 smartphone, Xperia Z3 Tablet and SmartWear.
However, from the lot, the most awaited flagship device was the Xperia Z3 for sure and since Samsung has also announced its Galaxy Note 4, both these devices will likely be battling against each other when they will be rolled out later around October.
Sony Xperia X3 was heavily leaked in the past and several rumors hinting at the device's hardware and software components were also making rounds in the tech-centric web-space. Finally, its official and here is the information that you might have been waiting for regarding the Xperia Z3.
Sony Xperia Z3: Key Specifications
The Xperia Z3 sports a 5.2-inch display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The display is powered by company's Triluminos Display for mobile and X-Reality for mobile picture engine.
The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with 4G LTE modem and Adreno 330 GPU. Sony is also offering 3GB RAM for swift multi-tasking operation. It runs on Google's Android 4.4 (Kitkat) OS.
One of the most highlighted features of the smartphone is the 20.7 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash while at the front you will get to see a 2.2 MP front-facing snapper. Camera features include: 20.7 megapixel camera with auto focus, 8x digital zoom, ISO 3200 maximum in manual mode, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, 4K video recording, Front-facing camera, HD 1080p for video chat and 2.2 MP for camera capture, Pulsed LED flash, SteadyShot, Superior Auto - automatic scene selection, HDR for photos and videos and more.
The smartphone comes with a 16GB on board storage, however, it can be expanded up to 128 GB using microSD slot.
Connectivity options include: 4G LTE, aGPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, NFC, Native USB tethering Synchronisation, USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot.
The Sony Xperia Z3 draws its energy from a 3100 mAh battery. According to Sony, the battery pack will offer talk time up to 19 hours, standby time of up to 740 hours.
Xperia Z3 is also available in a Dual SIM variant in select markets so you keep both accounts running in one sleek smartphone.
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Design and Build
Xperia Z3 features a 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminum frame and durable tempered glass panels showcases superior craftsmanship that is available in your choice of a new range of colors 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. Moreover it is also an IP 65/68 certified for dust and water resistant.
The Sony Xperia Z3 can 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.
New camera apps are also added in the phone including Background defocus, Live on YouTube - by Xperia and Timeshift video.
Sony's 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.
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.
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.
Connectivity and security
Sony has used the Xperia Transfer Mobile app in the Xperia Z3 smartphone. 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.