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Sony unveils new flagship Xperia Z3 range at IFA

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Sony creates an artificial aquarium at IFA by submerging its new Xperia range in a tank of water (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
Sony creates an artificial aquarium at IFA by submerging its new Xperia range in a tank of water (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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Sony's new Xperia Z3 lineup
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Sony's new Xperia Z3 lineup
Sony creates an artificial aquarium at IFA by submerging its new Xperia range in a tank of water (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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Sony creates an artificial aquarium at IFA by submerging its new Xperia range in a tank of water (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
Sony demonstrates the sharpness of the display quality on the Z3 and Z3 Tablet Compact (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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Sony demonstrates the sharpness of the display quality on the Z3 and Z3 Tablet Compact (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The rear of the Z3 Tablet Compact, showing the 8 MP autofocus camera (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The rear of the Z3 Tablet Compact, showing the 8 MP autofocus camera (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Z3 Tablet Compact's 8-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Z3 Tablet Compact's 8-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Z3 Tablet Compact's display boasts the company's Triluminos display for mobile technology and the X-Reality mobile picture engine (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Z3 Tablet Compact's display boasts the company's Triluminos display for mobile technology and the X-Reality mobile picture engine (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The sharp Full HD display image of the flagship Xperia Z3 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The sharp Full HD display image of the flagship Xperia Z3 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Xperia Z3 has a 20.7 MP camera with Sony's 25 mm G lens out front and the BIONZ imaging engine taking care of photo processing (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Xperia Z3 has a 20.7 MP camera with Sony's 25 mm G lens out front and the BIONZ imaging engine taking care of photo processing (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen display of the Xperia Z3 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen display of the Xperia Z3 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Another big reveal at IFA 2014 today ... Sony has released details on its new flagship Xperia Z3 mobile electronics range. It includes a standard Z3 smartphone, a smaller Z3 Compact model, and the Z3 Tablet Compact. Among other things, all three devices are waterproof to a rating of IP 65/68 – this means they’re not just splashproof, but can actually be submerged.

While the full specs aren’t yet available, the standard Z3’s listed features include:

  • Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor (2.5 GHz)
  • 4K video capability
  • 20.7 MP 1/2.3 Exmor RS image sensor with BIONZ imaging engine
  • 25-mm wide angle G lens
  • ISO 12800 low-light sensitivity
  • Compatibility with PS4 Play
  • 5.2-inch tempered glass display
  • 7.3-mm thick rounded aluminum frame
  • Up to two days of battery life
  • Weight of 152 grams
  • Choice of white, black, copper or silver green
  • Dual SIM version to be available in some markets

At 8.6 mm, the Z3 Compact is actually a little thicker than the regular Z3, but has a smaller 4.6-inch display. It weighs 129 grams, is designed for one-handed operation, and comes in orange, green, black or white. Most of its other specs are the same as those of its bigger brother.
The 8-inch Z3 Tablet Compact, meanwhile, has a thickness of just 6.4 mm, weighs under 270 grams, and features stainless steel corners. Sony claims that it’s "the world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet."

There’s no word yet on pricing, although the two phones are reportedly due for release this autumn (Northern Hemisphere). Other features are demo’d in the video below.

Source: Sony

Xperia™ Z3 series – beautifully crafted, precision-engineered mobile technology

2 comments
Robert in Vancouver
I used buy everything Sony. TV, phone, laptop, clock radio, etc. But Sony is not compatible with anything made by anyone else, and you have to pay more and get less. So I won't buy anything made by Sony again no matter what. They burned me too badly, I won't touch a Sony product again.
Riaanh
@Robo, I would actually replace the word Sony by the word Apple: But Apple is not compatible with anything made by anyone else, and you have to pay more and get less.