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Sony offers 4.6" and 5.2" versions of its Xperia Z3

While Samsung will likely suck all of the oxygen out of the room this week with the release of the Galaxy Note 4 (and its odd brother, the Galaxy Note Edge), Sony won’t exactly go unnoticed with the launch of its new Xperia Z3 family of smartphones.
The aluminum-framed Xperia Z3 brings with it a 5.2” 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard flash storage and a microSDXC slot (support for cards up to 128GB). The Xperia Z3 also includes a 20.7MP rear camera with 4K video recording capabilities and a 2.2MP front-facing camera. A large 3100 mAh battery ensures that you should easily be able to make it through a day of normal use.

Xperia Z3
And when it comes to protection from the elements, the Xperia Z3 features IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance capabilities.
While the Xperia Z3 features aluminum in its construction, the Z3 Compact uses budget-friendly translucent plastic construction. The Z3 Compact retains the Snapdragon 801 processor of its larger brother, but cuts RAM to 2GB. The screen size is also reduced to 4.6” with a resolution of 1280x720.

Xperia Z3 Compact
Given its smaller size, the battery capacity has been trimmed to 2,600 mAh. However, the Z3 Compact retains the 20MP rear shooter and 2.2MP front camera. It also keeps the IP65/68 ratings of its larger brother.
Both new smartphones will be the first to support PS4 Remote Play, which allows you to stream PS4 games to a smaller screen. Both your PS4 and your Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for the feature to work.

The Xperia Z3 will be available in white, black, mint, and brown, while the Xperia Z3 Compact will be available in white, black, red, and mint. Both smartphones will launch this fall.

Source: Sony

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Z3 compact
By semo on 9/4/2014 4:14:49 AM , Rating: 3
Does the Z3 compact also have a microSD slot and is the battery removable? At this stage, I would actually buy a Sony product for the first time in a decade if they had a removable battery.

I don't know why phone manufacturers are totally ignoring this demand. Not saying they should all have phones with user replaceable batteries though but at the moment it is only Samsung and LG but they don’t do high spec, small phones and instead they do low spec, small and very expensive phones.

RE: Z3 compact
By ritualm on 9/4/2014 5:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
microSD yes, battery no.

I wouldn't mind the battery being non-removable, in exchange for waterproofing. Rubber gaskets and accessory flaps can fail at the worst of times.

RE: Z3 compact
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/5/2014 1:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
It's because phone manufacturers would rather market by spec sheets and gimmicks instead of what actually works better. They can easily sucker stupid nerds with everything aside from what actually matters.

The Z3 Compact looks really great. I'm glad an Android OEM is bothering to make a well balanced device and put performance into a good form factor instead of pulling what Samsung and now LG are doing with their flagships. It'll be sad if HTC also decides to follow Samsung down the gimmick-hole.

How much
By FITCamaro on 9/3/2014 12:36:27 PM , Rating: 1
Is the dock between the DS4 and the phone? This could be a serious contender for my next phone.

RE: How much
By Brandon Hill on 9/3/2014 1:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the dock wraps around the DS4 controller and there is a suction mount for the phone. Pricing isn't available yet, unfortunately.

RE: How much
By quiksilvr on 9/3/2014 3:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
Any word on how this will be rolled out? Last time it took ages for the Xperia Z2 to come to the states. Will this be a global launch or will we have to wait for this to trickle to the states again?

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