Sony unveils Xperia XZ3 with a curved OLED display, Android 9 Pie

James Marshall
September 1, 2018

Sony announced the Xperia XZ3 flagship phone at the IFA show in Berlin. The Triluminous HDR screen uses Sony's X-Reality Engine.

The XZ3 is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Which can be expanded via micro SD, provided you decide to forgo the second SIM slot. (Xperia XZ3've got the basic single camera based on the new 48-megapixel sensor IMX586). There are the Laser-assist autofocus and an LED flash, followed by the fingerprint scanner at the center of the back. "For the front, it has a 13-megapixel camera with 1/ 3,06" Exmor RS sensor, 23mm wide-angle, f/2.0 aperture.

Just before Sony kicks off its 2018 IFA event tomorrow in Germany, it seems that Geekbench has officially released the real image renders as well as specifications that put the rumours to sleep. It also comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

The phone will come in a choice of four colours - Black, White Silver, Forest Green, and Bordeaux Red - and will be available next month, with pre-orders opening soon. You'll also win the odd assortment of Sony's digital camera modes and Google Lens within the predominant digital camera. The company has also improved its camera interface, to make it cleaner, easier to use. Other than that, the Xperia XZ3 is also equipped with a slightly larger battery at 3330mAh.

The battery underneath is a 3300 mAh unit, which supports Quick Charge 3.0, as well as Qi Wireless Charging.

At first glance, the Xperia XZ3 is a little different from its predecessor.

And of course, the other flagship specs are there. Holding the phone horizontally will automatically activate the snapper. An Australian launch will hopefully follow soon after. The handset also offers up to 512GB of expandable storage via microSD. There are some absorbing highlights, however does the XZ3 offer sufficient to divulge a top class price imprint and wrestle back some market allotment for Sony? SIM card slots were not mentioned by the company, but the Xperia XZ3 will nearly certainly be available in both single SIM and dual SIM (hybrid setup) flavors, and the availability of those models will be market-dependent.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 launched at the same price in the United Kingdom and was $799 in the USA - so that's probably around what U.S. buyers will pay for the XZ3. At the moment, there is no information regarding the Indian pricing and availability of the device.

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