Sony Unveils Xperia XZ3 With Butt Notch, OLED Display, Android Pie

The Sony Xperia XZ3 Finally Launches

Ahead of the coveted IFA 2018 show, Sony launched the Xperia XZ3 expanding its flagship portfolio within just six months of Xperia XZ2's launch in Berlin.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 measures 158 x 73 x 9.9mm and weighs in at 193 grams, which is quite hefty for a smartphone. Design-wise, as mentioned, it has little to no difference from its predecessor. The flagship phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. A Type-C USB port sits on the bottom of the phone, while a 3.5mm headphone jack is not included here. It supports an aspect ratio of 18:9 and QHD+ resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

While it wasn't mention at the event, apparently there will only be a 64GB version of the XZ3 available, with micro SD support for expandable 512GB of storage. Sony's UI will be included on top of Android 9 Pie, of course, but the company did not really release any information regarding it, so we do not really know what changes to expect design-wise.

As for the cameras, the Xperia XZ3 goes with a single 19-megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor on the back with hybrid autofocus that uses PDAF and laser technology.

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The device comes with a 6-inch display, is capable of 4K filming and has a 19MP front camera and a 13MP selfie camera.

Sony Xperia XZ3 features "Side sense" technology, a gesture-based feature to launch favourite apps. At the back, you have a single camera module, the laser auto-focus and dual LED flash module, and a circular fingerprint scanner placed at the center. The XZ3 packs a bigger 3,330mAh battery in place of the 3,180mAh one seen on the progenitor. 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.

Even with that there's a lot of overlap, as the XZ3 comes in white silver, forest green, Bordeaux red and black, while the XZ2 is available in black, silver, green and pink. No sooner is one phone announced than we start hearing rumors of its successor, and the cycle never ends.

Stay tuned for more hands-on impressions and details about Sony's upcoming phone.

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