Sony on Wednesday debuted a trio of new Xperia-branded smartphones at IFA in Berlin, effectively covering the high-end and entry-level lineup.
The flagship Z3 consists of a 5.2-inch display operating at 1,920 x 1,080 with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC ticking along at a speedy 2.5GHz. It’s mated with 3GB of RAM and is available with your choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage alongside a microSD expansion slot should you require more space.
Sony prides itself on its mobile cameras and the Z3 is no different. It comes with a 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor and a 25mm G-lens capable of producing 20.7-megapixel resolution photos at the rear. The camera should be able to handle low-light conditions thanks to an ISO sensitivity of up to 12,800 although image noise will likely be a concern in the upper range.
The front camera is a bit less impressive at only 2.2-megapixels but still better than most front-facing shooters currently on the market.
The handset measures 7.3mm thick with a weight of 152g which is slightly thinner and lighter than the Z2 it replaces. Battery life, meanwhile, is listed at two full days on certain cellular networks. Reviewers will no doubt put that claim to the test once the phone ships.
Speaking of, pricing and a specific launch date weren’t announced.
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a slightly smaller screen at 4.6 inches and a lower 720p resolution but otherwise shares many of the same specs as its bigger brother. The only notable difference aside from the screen size and resolution is that it includes 1GB less RAM.
Sony’s Xperia E3 is the only budget offering of the bunch. Its 4.5-inch IPS screen operates at a resolution of 854 x 480 and is framed with a rather large and unattractive bezel on both sides. Under the hood is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 1GB of RAM. It only comes with 4GB of onboard memory although the microSD card slot offers plenty of expansion.
We’ll keep an eye out and update this post as soon as we hear pricing and availability on these new handsets.