"Our new XZ3 flagship smartphone is not just attractive to look at, but it's packed with Sony's cutting-edge audio and visual technologies, letting you enjoy high quality content just as the creators intended, for a truly immersive entertainment experience in the palm of your hand." said Hideyuki Furumi, Executive Deputy President, Head of Sales Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications. There is also a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the top. The name of this new handset is the Xperia XZ3, as expected, as the device has been leaking for weeks now. The Xperia XZ3 is also IP65/68 rated. The rest of the specifications include 801.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, rear-mounted fingerprint reader and all other bells and whistles that you would expect on a flagship smartphone. The XZ3 packs a bigger 3,330mAh battery in place of the 3,180mAh one seen on the progenitor.
The major highlight of the Xperia XZ3 is its intelligent 19MP Motion Eye™ camera with AI-assisted features.
The front camera is 13.2 MP and has a F1.9 lens, along with enhanced selfie capabilities, including touch ups and background bokeh. The XZ3 is fitted with a 6-inch OLED HDR+ notch-less screen that is curved towards the edges. It allows you to use the edge of the phone for shortcuts, gestures, shutter or to access the new Side Sense menu.
One difference between them though is the operating system, as while the Sony Xperia XZ2 now runs Android 8 Oreo, the Xperia XZ3 ships with the brand-new Android 9 Pie. Sony Xperia XZ3 comes in four colour options of black, white silver, forest green and bordeaux red.
According to details coming from the IFA 2018 show, the Xperia XZ3 will be available globally from the end of September with a price set at $899/£699.
The device also features the haptic based Dynamic Vibration System introduced to the XZ2, that adds vibration to audio such as music, movies and games. The pricing of the Xperia XZ3 hasn't been revealed, which would determine whether choosing OLED works in Sony's favour.
Sony Xperia XZ3 is slimmer, taller and lighter compared to the Xperia XZ2.
The smartphone comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and expandable memory up to 512GB via microSD card. It will be one of the first phones in the world to launch with Android 9 Pie.