Sony’s second flagship of the year has been finally shown off with the Xperia Z3 going official in Berlin earlier today. The handset was accompanied by the Xperia Z3 Compact as well as the midrange Xperia E3, which has been a constant visitor of the rumor mill over the past few days. Both the Xperia Z3 and the Z3 Compact are IP65/68 certified, which is the highest waterproof rating given to a device.
The hardware on board the Xperia Z3 barely surprises us with the device packing a 5.2 inch 1080p display, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage with microSD expansion supported. The camera is the same 20.7-megapixel sensor as seen on the Xperia Z2, but with a few more tricks up its sleeve. There’s also a 3,100 mAh battery on board along with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, so the company has covered its bases as far as hardware is concerned. While the lack of the Snapdragon 805 chipset is a little disappointing, it’s certainly not going to be a deal breaker for the public.
The Xperia Z3 Compact is sporting a 4.6 inch 720p display, the same 20.7-megapixel camera, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 2,600 mAh battery. Both handsets pack front facing stereo speakers with Sony’s S-Force Front Surround.
The Xperia E3 on the other hand is a midrange offering and features a relatively toned down hardware specs sheet. It holds a 4.5 inch 480 x 854 resolution display, a quad core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, Android 4.4 KitKat, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot and a 2,330 mAh battery.
Sony is yet to give out pricing details for either smartphones, so we’ll have to wait a bit more to get clarity on that. Although Sony’s latest flagships don’t offer the promise one would expect from a modern day handset, pricing could play a crucial role in convincing the customers.