Sony has been doing something very different with its flagship smartphones. While most other manufacturers usually refresh their flagship smartphone models once every year, the Japanese technology giant has surprised by doing it much earlier.
After releasing the Sony Xperia Z1 during September 2013, Sony shocked markets by launching its successor, the Xperia Z2, six months later, during March 2014. Because of this, it is expected that the company will come out with the Xperia Z3 later this year. Here's everything that we know about the smartphone so far.
Xperia Z3 Release Date
Given that Sony launched the last phone from the Z series four months ago, during March, it is expected that the Z3 will launch this September.
Alleged benchmarks indicate that Sony will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, which will house four Krait 400 cores, clocked at 2.5GHz, and an Adreno 330 GPU. While this processing package has become a little too common among flagship smartphones, it happens to be extremely powerful and capable of completing any task that you throw at it. There will also be a 3GB RAM unit on board.
However, Sony could always surprise us and throw in a Snapdragon 805, which made its debut with the Samsung Galaxy S5 a few months ago.
While some sources say that the company will retain the 20.7 megapixel snapper that we saw on the Xperia Z2, others say that Sony might give its next flagship smartphone a new kind of CMOS sensor that happens to be curved and much alike to the human eye. The new sensor will introduce minimal vignetting and aberrations at the corners of images. Currently, the company says that it is prepared to produce a full-frame curved sensor, along with a 1/2.3''-sized one for smartphones.
Given that the Xperia Z1 and Z2 were competitively priced compared with their rivals, with both following a similar pricing strategy, the Xperia Z3 is expected to retail at around €599 (£477) and €699 (£557) in Europe, with a $699 (£415) price tag in the US.