Sony's New Z3 range announced

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  1. apolloa, Sep 3, 2014
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    apolloa macrumors G3

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    Sony just announced at it's IFA conference three new Z3 devices, the new Z3 full smartphone with 5.2" display and the best waterproofing in it's class, 20.7mpx camera etc.
    The Z3 Compact with a 4.6" display and the same specs as the full Z3.

    Both devices will get a full 2 day's of battery life.

    And they have announced (what I want) the new Z3 Tablet Compact, an 8" tablet.

    But the best bit, they also announced these will also be the ONLY devices that have Playstation 4 remote ply built in! just connect your PS4 controller and off you go, now that has got me excited :D

    Z3:

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    Z3 Compact:

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    And the Z3 8" Compact Tablet:

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    And an interesting way to play your PS4 games:

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    Ah here we go, Sony's Z3 website:

    http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/phones/xperia-z3/

    Specs:

    Camera and video
    20.7 megapixel camera with auto focus
    8x digital zoom
    ISO 3200 maximum in manual mode
    Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
    4K video recording
    Front-facing camera, HD 1080p for video chat and 2.2 MP for camera capture
    Pulsed LED flash
    SteadyShot™ – video stabilisation
    Superior Auto – automatic scene selection
    HDR for photos and videos
    Burst mode
    Social live**
    Image stabiliser
    Geotagging – add location info to your photos
    Object tracking – lock focus on a specific object
    Red-eye reduction
    Image capture, supported file format: JPEG
    Image playback, supported file formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP
    Video capture, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4
    Video playback, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4, Matroska, AVI, Xvid, WebM

    Networks
    GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G)
    UMTS HSPA (3G)
    LTE (4G) (not available in all markets)

    Display and design
    5.2" Full HD display (1920x1080 pixels)
    TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
    X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine

    Entertainment
    PlayStation® Certified
    PS4™ Remote Play******

    Processor (CPU)
    Snapdragon 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Quad-core
    Adreno 330 GPU

    Memory and storage
    3 GB RAM
    Up to 16 GB flash memory*****
    Up to 128 GB microSD™ (card slot, SDXC supported)

    Sound
    Sony 3D Surround Sound technology (VPT)
    Clear Audio+ – Sound improvement software
    xLoud™ Experience
    DSEE HX
    High-res audio
    Audio recording, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR

    Connectivity
    aGPS**
    Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology
    3.5 mm audio jack with Digital Noise Cancelling (DNC)
    DLNA Certified®
    NFC
    GLONASS**
    Native USB tethering
    Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®, Facebook™, Google™ and SyncML™**
    USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
    Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality

    Dimensions
    146.5 x 72 x 7.3 mm

    Weight
    152 grams





    Xperia Z3 Compact:

    http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/phones/xperia-z3-compact/

    Specs:

    Camera and video
    20.7 megapixel camera with auto focus
    8x digital zoom
    ISO 12800 maximum in manual mode
    Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor
    HD video recording (1080p)
    Front-facing camera, HD 1080p for video chat and 2.2 MP for camera capture
    Pulsed LED flash
    SteadyShot™ – video stabilisation
    Superior Auto – automatic scene selection
    HDR for photos and films
    Burst mode
    Social live**
    Image stabiliser
    Geotagging – add location info to your photos
    Object tracking – lock focus on a specific object
    Red-eye reduction
    Image capture, supported file format: JPEG
    Image playback, supported file formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP
    Video capture, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4
    Video playback, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4, Matroska, AVI, Xvid, WebM

    Sound
    Sony 3D Surround Sound technology (VPT)
    Clear Audio+ – Sound improvement software
    xLoud™ Experience
    DSEE HX
    High-res audio
    Audio recording, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
    Audio playback, supported file formats: 3GPP, MP4, ADTS, AMR, FLAC, Matroska, SMF, XMF, Mobile XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, iMelody, MP3, WAV, OGG, ASF

    Networks
    GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G)
    UMTS HSPA (3G)
    LTE (4G) (not available in all markets)

    Entertainment
    TrackID music recognition
    xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
    FM Radio with RDS
    3.5 mm audio jack for headphones
    Stereo speakers
    Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
    Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
    3D and motion gaming
    Dedicated gaming keys
    Timescape with Twitter integrated
    Xperia™ 2.0 with Facebook
    Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)

    Display and design
    4.6" display (1280x720 pixels)
    TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
    X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine
    Entertainment
    PlayStation® Certified
    PS4 Remote Play******
    Processor (CPU)
    Snapdragon 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Quad-core
    Adreno 330 GPU

    Memory and storage
    2 GB RAM
    Up to 16 GB flash memory*****
    Up to 128 GB microSD™ (card slot, SDXC supported)

    Connectivity
    aGPS**
    Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology
    3.5 mm audio jack with Digital Noise Cancelling (DNC)
    DLNA Certified®
    NFC
    GLONASS**
    Native USB tethering
    Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®, Facebook™, Google™ and SyncML™**
    USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
    Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality

    Dimensions
    127.3 x 64.9 x 8.64 mm

    Weight
    129 g





    And the new 8" Z3 Compact Tablet:

    http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/tablets/xperia-z3-tablet-compact/

    Display
    8" display (WUXGA, 1920x1200 pixels)
    TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
    X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine

    Entertainment
    PlayStation® Certified
    PS4™ Remote Play******

    Camera and video
    8.1 megapixel camera
    8x digital zoom
    Front-facing camera, HD 1080p for video chat and 2.2 MP for camera capture
    HD video recording (1080p)
    Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor
    SteadyShot™ – video stabilisation
    Superior Auto – automatic scene selection
    Image stabiliser
    Burst mode
    Social live**
    Geotagging – add location info to your photos
    Object tracking – lock focus on a specific object
    Red-eye reduction
    Image capture, supported file format: JPEG
    Image playback, supported file formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP
    Video capture, supported file formats: 3GPP™, MP4
    Video playback, supported file formats: 3GPP™, MP4, Matroska, AVI, Xvid, WebM

    On the inside
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 2.5 GHz Quad-core
    Google Android 4.4 (KitKat)

    Connectivity
    aGPS**
    3.5 mm audio jack with Digital Noise Cancelling (DNC)
    GLONASS**
    MHL 3.0 support
    USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
    Native USB tethering
    Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®, Facebook™, Google™ and SyncML™**
    Wi-Fi and W-iFi Hotspot functionality
    NFC
    DLNA Certified®
    Memory
    RAM: 3 GB
    Flash memory: Up to 16 GB*****
    Expansion slot: Up to 128 GB microSD™ (card slot, SDXC supported)
    Pre-loaded applications
    Google Chrome**
    Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude**
    Google Play**

    Networks
    UMTS HSPA (3G)
    GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G)
    LTE™ (4G) (not available in all markets), TD-LTE (4G) (not available in all markets)
    (Networks are not applicable for Wi-Fi versions)

    Sound
    Sony 3D Surround Sound technology (VPT)
    Clear Audio+ – Sound improvement software
    xLoud™ Experience
    Stereo speakers
    Audio recording, supported file formats: 3GPP™, MP4, AMR
    Audio playback, supported file formats: MP3, 3GPP, ADTS, MP4, AMR, DSF, DSDIFF, FLAC, Matroska, SMF, XMF, Mobile XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, iMelody, WAV, OGG, ASF

    Dimensions
    213 x 123 x 6.4 mm

    Weight
    280 grams



    It seems ALL Z3 devices come with 4.4 KitKat.
     
  2. SpoonCody macrumors 6502

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    Nice.

    Are any of these devices coming to the US?

    The Z3 Compact looks very interesting.
     
  3. jamezr macrumors G4

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    I have always loved the look of the Z line of phones. But IMHO they need to reduce those bezels. Sony is missing so much market/mind share by not releasing to all the US carriers.
    The Z3 Compact is very interesting. But the specs of the Z3 and Z3 Compact seem to be a little behind the curve.....
     
  4. Cnasty macrumors 68020

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    That Z3 seems very nice and they have reduced the bezels a lot from previous builds.

    I am intrigued but honestly I have never seen anyone here in the states with a SONY phone so they must be hard to get or exclusive to only some carriers.
     
  5. apolloa, Sep 3, 2014
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    Yes the Z3 is coming to the US, I was watching a live stream and the interviewed a Sony guy who said it will be in America. Didn't say anything about pricing or networks though.

    It looks like the tablet has front facing stereo speakers. This will replace my 2012 Nexus 7, it's only about 3mm wider and is only 12mm longer than the iPad Mini Retina.

    But I will be on the lookout for the price of the WiFi only white 16GB 8" Tablet, doesn't look like they make a bigger storage model, lets hope you can move your games files to the SD card.

    The main thing with Sony's phones though is the camera and it does seem to be one heck of a camera on the Z3.
     
  6. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    that z3 compact tablet looks juicy. i think it's a bit too wide for me though. Gonna miss the 7 inch google tablets.
     
  7. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yeah, my 2012 Nexus 7 will be replaced with this Sony, I have read the next Google tablet will be a 9" model, no more 7" designs :(
     
  8. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    They have reduced the bezels on the Z3 but not by that much. That's the biggest problem with it (I had a Z2 and gave it back quickly).

    The Z3 Compact is an excellent phone, the Z1 Compact was fab and this is far better. It's that, the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Alpha for that form factor.

    The Z3 Tablet looks REALLY interesting, I seriously might pick one up to continue playing FIFA on the PS4 when I've been kicked off!!
     
  9. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Yup very dumb since google pioneered the 7 inch tablet and iPad mini.
    The sony doesn't seem to have a led notification light or 32 gb internal which is a bummer.
     
  10. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yes... I've never owned a Sony Android device but I have read they had an app that let you move files to the SD card, but then I also read that was due to it being an Android feature that Google have now stopped in 4.4? So I will be looking to see if Sony do have an app again that allows this, then the 16GB doesn't matter anyway.

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    I looked at the Z1 compact before when I switched from iOS, but I fell in love with the Nexus 5, however whilst the Nexus 5 camera is pretty good, it's not as good as a Sony one plus these will have better battery life...

    Still not sure about that screen resolution as I think it should be better, it's also an expensive phone judging by the price on Sony's UK website, it's from £429. Then again it is the full blown Z3 with a smaller screen..
     
  11. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    But I like not having to go to that hassle. Also, in kitkat moving apps to sdcard is broken which is fixed with this which requires root. I don't mind rooting but just for an app not a whole bunch of tweaks i do mind. honestly, in this day and age we should be moving away from external storage and just bump the internal to 128 or at least 64 as a baseline model.
     
  12. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    Yeah and also once the Alpha is released properly, and the iPhone 6, then it will put into context how good/not the Z3 is.

    My cousin has a Z1 Compact and it's a cracking phone, really.
     
  13. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Agreed, I don't root as you lose your updates then, unless you want to faff about manually doing them or un-rooting to get them. Hmm I will be reading the reviews to see if Sony have enabled the moving of files, I don't mind doing it.

    Yes, looking forward to a camera shootout, that camera add on that lets you mount your own lenses looks nuts! I bet it's price will be too mind haha.
     
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    I was trying to post Sony's You Tube videos in here but can't lol. Their a few now.

    Oh and by the way, from the looks of it both the Z3 phones have stereo front facing speakers just like the tablets too :)
     
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    A good quick hands on, the thing looks FAST!



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    Blimey, that's a high exchange rate! But around $400 would make sense, the same price as the iPad ini Retina.
     
  19. jamezr macrumors G4

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    That is a very nice looking tablet! It was really fast!
     
  20. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yeah I thought it looked fast as well, but it is expensive, still pay for what you get I guess and Sony are usually pretty good.
     
  21. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Yes, vey high. This tablet is really looking awesome. Stereo front speakers, very fast touchwiz like ui, I like it. So, I believe you can preorder in the uk correct?
     
  22. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Not sure, I clicked on the buy it now button and got a website error? Not that I am going to pre-order, I'll get one for Christmas, well money towards one and then I'll buy it from John Lewis as they are giving 2 years warranty on all tablets and they price match :)
     
  23. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Well, the running theme with the tech websites and You Tube videos reporting on the Z3 Tablet Compact is that NONE of them are capable of reading Sony's spec sheets for the device, pretty much every one of them has claimed the screen resolution is 1920 by 1080 and then gone onto compare the screen to it's competitors, despite the FACT on Sony's OWN website it lists the resolution as 1920 by 1200!

    These websites are not very professional in the slightest. Either that or they are just blatantly copying each other on the specs. It is VERY annoying.
     
  24. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Well, depending on what Moto does this Thursday and US availability, the Z3 compact may be my next android phone.
     

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