Sony moved up its plan to release its flagship Android devices much sooner than other manufacturers. Not even living out a year, it seems the Xperia Z2 will be getting a bit old, with the arrival of the Xperia Z3. Speaking of the Z3, the rumor mill brought a load of Xperia Z3 images.
Although the smartphone was at first mistaken to be a Xperia Z2 Compact, misconceptions were cleared when the so-called Z2 Compact was compared next the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Z3 is almost as tall as the original Samsung Galaxy Note, with 147 mm tall.
A closer look at the leaked images also show that Sony has, though not drastically, changed the design. The Xperia Z3 sports curved sides compared to its predecessor. Although flat curves were Sony’s signature, the move towards crafting curved signs definitely helps with ergonomics. Other changes include repositioning of the speaker grille, and the absence of a second speaker, which means the device won’t sport stereo speaker system.
Onto the more interesting part, the Xperia Z3 is no slouch in the specs department. It boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The Z3 will retain the 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with G Lens. Other specs remain a mystery, but a 3000mAh battery, 3gigs of Ram and 16GB internal storage is not out of the line. The device is shown to be running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, although by the time of its launch it may ship with a newer version of Android, and possibly Timescape UI.
Although a good device, the Xperia Z3 is far too similar to its predecessor. Hopefully, it’s a prototype and Sony surprises us when the device launches in Fall 2014.