xperia z3

A new set of images that allegedly show Sony's upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone have been leaked by a person using a Chinese message board, which include info on what may be the processor inside the phone.

The photos, which come a few days after a leaked image showing the phone's front panel were published, naturally show the Chinese version of the Xperia Z3, running Android 4.4.4 Kitkat.

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The images include some menus on what's in the phone. Specificaly, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC chipset inside with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor.

Assuming these images are not fakes, it's also possible that the hardware shown in the photos are early prototypes and as such the specifications may change before the phone is released to the public. It's possible Sony could officially reveal the new flagship during the IFA trade show in Berlin in early September, as it's done in previous years.

What do you think of these newly leaked images that may show the Xperia Z3?

Source: Digi-wo and Weibo via Xperia Blog


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Alleged photos showing Sony Xperia Z3 leaked


Sony is from Japan and they get the 1st taste of everything newly released before the rest of the world does.

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HTC, LG, and Samsung are all outside the US and their flagships get released in a timely manner in the states. If Sony wants to be relevant in the US they need to push out their phones faster. At this rate if the Z2 does get a US release the 2k devices with Snapdragon 805s from other OEMs will either be out or coming out shortly. I like Sony's products, but not enough to buy a product that's already outdated, especially when they're selling something actually comparable to the competition in other markets.

I love Sony but it's getting to the point where they are rehashing the same phone. Stop with the every 6 months and go to every 10 to 12 months.

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I just can't understand why this bothers people. Each iteration stays on the edge of technology yet they don't change so drastically to make people feel like the phone they just bought is already outdated. I can't see why this is a bad thing and why people get so upset over it. You buy a new phone......6 months later a new phone comes out, so what...?

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It really begs the question "What's the point?" There's hardly a huge difference here between the Z2 and the Z3. It would benefit Sony to slow down and create a Z3 that is actually a decent upgrade over the Z2 instead of giving the Z2 a minor spec upgrade and calling it the Z3. Phone technology is slowing down and even phones released a year after each other aren't incredibly different. Six months is just ridiculous because there's hardly any time for anything worth caring about to be added to a phone.

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That's not what they're trying to do. They want to offer a more significant upgrade to people on the z1.

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I'm more interested in the Z3 compact.

As for internals...I think Sony will probably update it to the 805 by the time they launch. They're normally always the first ones to update the chips thanks to this 6 month cycle.

I personally, as far as internals go, only want to see if they finally put the phones with 32GB of flash memory instead of 16GB to circumvent Android's 4.4 microSD limitations. And I'd also like OIS in their cameras but right now, it's more important to me that they offer phones with 32GB internal and microSD cards than anything else, really.

I'm ready to trade my S3 for the Z3 Compact. I hope this will be made available in Canada but Telus doesn't even have the Z2. If it isn't on my carrier by the time I'm done with this phone, I'd purchase it outright and unlocked.

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I would have expected the 805 but the 801 is still top shelf. I wonder what the first mainstream phone to ship with the 805 will be? Note 4 perhaps?

Good job Sony on consistently making the bezels smaller. (Looking at you, Samsung and HTC)

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Am i the only one that notices what looks like dual speakers (top and bottom). Which may explain the large bezels.

Id be glad to give this guy a test run.

Their recent devices look really nice but I feel somewhat burned by their flagships not being offered on the major US carriers. I don't know who is to blame, the carriers or Sony but whoever is responsible for it sucks. If it is the carriers not wanting to offer it... wake up.... If it's Sony not giving a shit about the US market... then you just suck.

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Blame the way the American market works. The USA is the only country in the World where phones are dependent on carriers.
Over here in Europe, for example, we seldom buy phones on carriers or contracts. We buy them full price from a normal tech outlet. Same thing happens in Asia, Africa etc. Carriers matter not for a phone to be sold.

The day the US joins the rest of the World on kicking the carriers to their place of service providers instead of hardware vendors, you'll stop seeing these sort of things happening.

If they did that sales might go down since families couldn't afford to pay $600+ for each phone.

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Why so that you can have a never updated phone? They have a store and essentially offer all their phones unlocked. I only wish more companies did that. They just need to release on time in the US like the rest of the world.

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Majority of Americans don't buy unlocked phones.. ok!!! We buy via carries because its cheaper(up front) and convenient.. Sony is not a effing Tesla or Ferrari(no dealership involved) ... I'm not going through a custom unique route to buy a cell phone... Some things are more important...this is Sony we're talking about not some cheap company... So enough with the excuses!!!!!
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Exactly, they're not some cheap company. They see themselves as a premium brand and they want to sell at full price directly to the consumer. Their phones all work on major us GSM carriers. They see no need to cow tow to US carriers.

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Sound like a personal problem. Funny the rest of the world dont have this problem... You sound mad with all those !!! Lol.
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I just care about the Smartwatch 3. Their phones are non existent on release in the US so I gave up wanting to buy.

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It's too ugly to be the Z3. The Z2 looks much better imo with the speakers nicely tucked away.. And they wouldn't release the Z3 with the same cpu, they'd make it a z2 s at the most..

I'm guessing all these leaks are actually of a totally different mid range device.

What are designers working with this phone? highly detrimental to throw money on this boring phone :P
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Looks like I'll keep my Xperia Z for yet another round. No urgent reason to upgrade. Maybe that might change in 2015 with a model containing the Snapdragon 810, which hopefully has a lower power consumption than the 801/805.

Alleged *photos* - they might be oil paintings, but they are definitely of the Sony Xperia Z3, according to the title.

ooooh so innovative looking. why does samsung get sh*t for doing the same or similar design and Sony gets off the hook?

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Samsung gets shit because of the same materials...people want them to improve the build quality. Companies that have good build quality don't catch heat because people want them to stay that way. Ie Sony.

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S5 has great build quality. And IMO plastic is good because water and drop resistance and tends to hold up better then metal or glass.

Because Samsung phones look like shit to begin with. Opinions will vary, but I'm pretty sure that's the answer to your question.

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