[IFA 2014] Sony Announces The Xperia Z3 Series

Sony has officially announced a series of devices today at IFA Berlin 2014, some just incremental changes and others being really different. This new Xperia Z3 Series includes the successors to the already great Xperia Z2 smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, but also introduces a cheaper variant known as the Xperia E3. Let’s have a look at what each of these devices bring to the table and how Sony has decided to bring us their latest iteration of their Xperia line.

Sony Xperia Z3

First up is the successor to Sony’s flagship device (Xperia Z2), the Xperia Z3. Not much has changed here in terms of design, though there are some notable differences there too. The hardware is mostly the same too. So what makes the Z3 so special? Well, Sony tuned and refined details in just about every part of the phone, and the sum of those efforts makes the Z3 a truly impressive device.

The Z3 features a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5 GHz, and a 20.7 Megapixel camera on the back. Besides the slightly higher bump on the processor speed (and bringing up the processor to the eMMC 4.0 standards), most of those internals are the same as the Z2. However, the camera can now record 4K video, has a wide-angle 25mm lens for wider shots with more in the picture, and a ridiculously insane 12,800 ISO rating for being able to shoot low light pictures. This ISO rating is higher than even many full-sized DSLR cameras have. The screen also has been improved. It still features the Triluminous display that was awesome on the Z2, but now it can adjust contrast and brightness on a pixel-by-pixel basis, which would make it even better for viewing in direct sunlight. The bezels on the sides have shrunken down to only 2mm.


The edges of the device have also been rounded off some more to help those that felt that the edges of the Z2 were a little uncomfortable. It’s also much thinner now being only 7.3mm thick. Next up, the Z3 supports full Remote Play support with the Playstation 4 so that you can play PS4 games on your phone while on the same WiFi network with a DualShock controller. Finally, for all the audiophiles out there, Sony has added support for High Resolution audio.

The extra good news? This device will finally be readily available in the US as Sony is gaining carrier support to release the device stateside around the same time it releases elsewhere.


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

If you don’t like this influx of tons of huge phones, or you’re just coming over from Apple with iPhones, and want a smaller device (but still bigger than the iPhone), Sony has you covered with the Xperia Z3 Compact.

This device is almost identical to the Z3 except that it’s smaller and features a 4.6-inch 720p display.


Sony Xperia E3

If you like the design of the Xperia devices, but need either a Dual-Sim, a smaller screen, or have a really tight budget, the E3 may be an option for you. This is Sony’s offering for the budget minded. This device features a 4.5-inch screen with an odd 480p resolution, a Snapdragon 400 processor and just 1GB of RAM. It also has only 4GB of storage and a 5 megapixel rear camera.


Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

A new device added to this lineup is the Z3 Tablet Compact. This is an 8-inch tablet with basically the same specs as the Z3 smartphone, but it has resolution of 1920×1200, a 6.4mm thin frame, and a 270g light body. It also has a 4500mAh battery which will last you a good chunk of time.



So that is the Z3 Series. These devices are all set to be released in Fall in Japan, and then a Worldwide release shortly afterwards. Pricing is not yet available.