Only half a year after the launch of the Xperia XZ2, Sony today announced the Sony Xperia XZ3 during its keynote address at IFA Berlin. This came as no surprise to most, leaks have abounded for months, including full 3D models and most of its specifications. Today’s address at IFA Berlin 2018 only served to confirm these details. Sony’s new flagship is going to be available in four colours – a standard black, alongside “Silver White”, “Forest Green” and “Bordeaux Red”.
The Sony Xperia XZ3
The device features a 6″ P-OLED panel (manufactured by Samsung) running at a resolution of 2880×1440 pixels, which equates to a pretty standard 18:9 aspect ratio. Less standard, however, is the lack of a notch at the top, with Sony instead simply opting for wider bezels, which allows for dual front-facing speakers to be included, one at each end. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which has been given 4GB of memory to work with, alongside 64GB of internal storage. Powering the Snapdragon et al. is a 3330mAh battery, which is more than enough for a device of this size, especially given Sony’s fantastic stamina mode and battery management software. You’ll be able to charge that battery pretty quickly as well, as it supports Qualcomm Quick Charging. It hasn’t been announced which version yet, but it will assumedly be version 3 or version 4.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 comes equipped with a 19-megapixel camera, capable of recording 4K HDR video, as well as 960fps slow-mo in standard HD. On the front of the device sits a smaller 13-megapixel camera, with a maximum ISO of 6400 which should allow for great low-light photos. Picture quality should be excellent, though Sony has a habit of launching devices with great camera hardware and sub-standard camera processing software.
The device features an IP 65/68 water resistance rating and the newly released Gorilla Glass 5. It will be one of the first Android smartphones to launch with the new Android Pie.
Sony also had some gimmicks in store, with one of the most interesting ones being their Dynamic Vibration System, which vibrates the phone based on the type of audio that’s playing. Speaking of audio, the Sony Xperia XZ3 does not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, though it does come with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. There are a number of Bluetooth audio technologies here though, with the company’s in-house developed LDAC audio codec and Qualcomm’s proprietary aptX HD Audio codec too.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 will be available in certain countries from the end of September this year, and while no price has been announced, we can expect it to cost somewhere around the €800 mark. Its availability in Ireland, in particular, is unknown, though it’s expected to be easily imported from the likes of Amazon if not officially launched here.