It's been less than six months since Sony announced the top-of-the-line Xperia Z2 back at Mobile World Congress, but it looks like the company may be ready to release yet another iteration at IFA in Berlin. A Facebook fan page (reported by the reliable XperiaBlog) posted photos of what looks a lot like the next Xperia superphone, the Z3. A sticker on the device includes specifications, though there's no way to confirm them. Don't get too excited; it looks like a pretty tepid update.

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According to the leak, the Xperia Z3 uses a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space plus a MicroSD card, a 5.2" 1080p screen, Sony's 20-megapixel Exmor camera sensor, and a 3100mAh battery. Dedicated Sony fans will probably realize that these specs are almost identical to the Z2. So what's changed? Well, this model improves on the already-slim Z2 with an impressive 7.5mm frame (.7mm thinner). Despite a slightly smaller battery that helps slim the phone and trim it down to 154 grams, Sony apparently thinks its new STAMINA mode will make the battery last for two days. XperiaBlog also points out that the Z3 specs include the Digital Sound Enhancement engine for high-definition audio.

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What's even more exciting, at least for some users, is the just-leaked Xperia Z3 Compact. It looks like Sony will continue to buck the trend of equating smaller phones with lower specs: according to rumored specs from Ausdroid, the smaller phone will use the same Snapdragon 801 processor and 20MP camera sensor, with only the screen (4.6" 720p) and battery (2600mAh) scaled back for the form factor.

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Two photos, claimed to be official press images, were also posted. Colors include the standard black and white, along with red, mint green, a sort of brownish copper, and orange.

While quite popular in Asia and Europe, Sony's phones don't usually get much play in the US, but T-Mobile and lately Verizon are showing a little more interest. There's also a rumor that Sprint is looking to carry some Sony hardware as well. He's hoping that we get the chance to see more Sony phones on this side of the water soon.

Source: Ausdroid, Sony Xperia Ailesi via XperiaBlog

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Corey Watford

    For me, I find Sony's version of Android worst than Touchwiz, and that keeps me from buying their awesome hardware

    • sivkai

      Cyanongenmod or PA?

      • Hotzigetty

        Not necessarily the answer to everything. It's a good thing there are other choices out there (all though they may not tick all the boxes).

        • mobilemann

          it's almost never the answer. Especially on devices that have any sort of custom hardware, (like the notes stylus for example) as you will completely loose that functionality.

          give me xposed and titanium and i'm good.

    • João Deiró

      Really? I find it much lighter and my Xperia Z Ultra and my wife's Xperia Z1 have none of the slowdowns our previous Galaxy S4's had.

      • Captain Canada

        "Lighter" = Gingerbreadier
        I had an Xperia Arc once upon a time, the software looks almost identical to this very day over two years later.

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      it's very light, and they have a theming engine build in

  • sivkai

    Is it me, or am I the only one who prefers the original Xperia Z design? The bezels were smaller, and the phone is noticeable thinner than all the successor Xperia Z's.

  • yolo

    Guys, you might want to re-read your title.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider


  • TedPhillips

    4.6" display for the new compact? grr. I hope the execution is good (read: small bezels), or that could be too large.

    • BarelyBlurred

      Looks pretty good imo :)

      • Rahul Nebhnani

        looks sexy

        • Peter Waegemans

          It does! I'm looking forward to this one. Reading the specs, this comes over like a beast. AND a whole cm smaller than my galaxy nexus, which in my opinion is just a tad too big.

          • Rahul Nebhnani

            yes it's a beast
            I don't prefer the large 5 inch phones
            4.5-4.7 is the perfect size for me :)

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      I have the Z1 Compact and it fit's perfectly in my hand, it's just a little bit bigger than the iPhone. The Z3 Compact has the same dimension but with a 4.6" display.

      • TedPhillips

        ah cool, i hadn't seen the external dimensions for the z3c anywhere yet.

  • Vito Lee

    A nearly 1" jump from the Z1 compact. Crikey. Would have loved to see it at 4.7" instead.

    • TedPhillips

      what? 4.3->4.6 ? confuzzed.

      • Vito Lee

        Oh derp. I read the Z3 specs as the compact.

  • NoRoot

    I'd buy a Sony phone in a heartbeat if it ran stock android.

    And no I don't want to root go away.

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      Z Ultra GPE??

      • Captain Canada

        or nah.

    • mobilemann

      how do you use android without Root? i'm guessing you only buy nexus.

      • noroot


        • mobilemann

          fair enough, i still couldn't though; i wanted a note (external batt, sd card, and screen size were huge for me)

          so root is the only way to get the device near what i would like. Even on a nexus however, my home automation setups all use tasker plugins that use root.

      • jonathan3579

        Very simply.

  • Mahesh

    @Michael : Dude, did you even proof read this article before you posting it

  • Wilberth Barrantes

    Sony has the real mini cel-phone in the wordl

  • Thomas’

    Aww, no purple one? That's a shame.

  • Josh

    Disappointing that they're not putting 32GB of storage in there.

    • jonathan3579

      This is my biggest complaint regarding Sony flagships. 16GB just doesn't do a flagship justice.

      • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

        Who cares? There's a microSD slot!

        • http://twitter.com/trwnh trwnh

          I install more than 16GB of apps and would actually appreciate 32/64 internal options. I'd use a microSD card to store content, so that I don't have to continually stream my music from my home server, so that I can keep more than a few artists on my phone, so I can use FLAC instead of MP3, and maybe so I can actually have an excuse to watch movies. Or emulate PS1 games. Those ROMs take up space.

          • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

            I can totally understand putting FLAC's on the microSD, as I do that too. But seriously, more than 16GB of apps? How is that even possible? I'm a power user myself, and rarely use more than 6GB for apps. Between wallpapers, camera pics, and other files on the internal memory, I've yet to fill 16GB. http://imgur.com/AwTcp4h

          • http://twitter.com/trwnh trwnh

            Play any big games? Those go easily over 1GB at times.
            Back when I had my Nexus One, I was running 1.5GB apps2SD for ~400 apps, but these days my HTC One could max out with just the 100 apps I use and a few heavy games.

  • Rodrigo Chiong

    The colors in both pictures are the same. There's white, black, mint and orange. The brownish color you see is the black model with the gray bezels.

  • morteum

    Does it still have front facing speakers?

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    excited for the z3 compact .
    the only powerful mid-size device on the market

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Hey, T-Mobile? Can we get the Compact in the US, please? My girlfriend would buy one in a heartbeat. Hell, I'd buy it for her.

  • AtiRage

    Sony - doing it very wrong.
    In 6 months they will release the Z4, Z5, Z6 and Z7 all with the same specs as the Z1 so they can be ahead of the competition - number wise.

  • BoFiS

    Would be amazing if the Z3 Compact came to Verizon this time around....

  • someone755

    The bezels on the Z3C better be cut down to compensate for the bigger screen or I swear I'll do everything within my power to get a truly Mini-flagship phone on the market.

  • Kevin

    Wish they'd bring the red color to the Z3 as well and not just limit it to the Z3 Compact.

    • Damodara das

      Absolutely! Just think of the performance increase!

  • trickytree1984

    Man I hope this has Qi charging. Makes the most sense on a waterproof phone

    • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

      I wish my Z Ultra GPE had Qi charging - I bought a Qi charger for my old Nexus 4, and now it's dust collector / paperweight...

      The problem with waterproof phones, is the tabs you gotta pull just to get at the Micro USB slot. There's rubber gaskets that might loosen up over time, then get lost. Look in forum threads for any of the devices in the Xperia Z line and you'll see people mentioning this very thing happening to them.

      So yeah, Qi would be great! But on the other hand, Sony created their proprietary magnetic charging interface, as seen on the left edge. While this definitely alleviates the issue with the Micro USB tab, it's yet another accessory to buy. Sony's been historically famous for their proprietary interfaces, and this is no different.

  • http://www.2girls1cup.nl The Blitz

    Bunch of bullshit, pardon my french, sony releasing a phone with close to no improvements spec wise anyway.

    Stupid, skipped the Z2 and skipping this one as well, it's just another unnecessary phone just like the S3/S4 and i would go as far as to say the S5 as well.

    I mean look at all the octa core phones coming out of china now.

    Samsung/Sony need to step it up a notch.

    • someone755

      I for one am glad the Z3C was announced. I usually buy phones every 24-36 months, and Sony's support of my Xperia S ended in ~August 2013 (phone released January 2012).
      This time, I want to be sure to get a chipset that is new when I buy the phone (read: not from last year, which the Z1C definitely is).
      Look at the brighter picture and you'll see this scheme is very much working. It's not about getting a new phone every 8 months, it's so that Sony can change the phones bit by bit but when you come back and get a new phone, not much will have been changed, except the things that are there for the better.
      The 2 flagships per year allow for people who didn't like the first phone to buy the second one, knowing it'll be some improvement (or vice-versa, you can still buy the Z2 and you won't lose much).

  • Serotheo

    That mint and red. <3