IFA 2014: Sony announces Xperia Z3, coming to T-Mobile USA this fall

It is pretty rare for US carriers to get Sony flagship smartphones when they launch, but it looks like one group of customers will be pleased with Sony this year.

IFA 2014: Sony announces Xperia Z3, coming to T-Mobile USA this fall
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It has been six months since Sony released the Xperia Z2 so I guess it is time for a new device. They announced the Xperia Z3 at IFA in Berlin and other than a thinner profile and more curves I struggle to find differences between it and the Z2.

There are slight bumps in the processor, but it is still a Snapdragon 801 and not the 805 we are starting to see in new devices. The display is the same, the same amount of RAM is included, and the same limited 16GB of internal storage is there. The camera resolution is the same, but the ISO has been improved and there are more camera apps.

The battery actually has a slightly smaller capacity, 3,100 mAh compared to 3,200 mAh on the Z2. Sony claims the battery will last a bit longer with the Z3 though, but we will have to wait for further testing to confirm.

One obvious improvement for US customers is that you will be able to purchase the Z3 from T-Mobile USA this fall. CNET posted their hands-on impressions from Berlin.

Specifications for the Xperia Z3 include:

  • 5.2 inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels display
  • Snapdragon 2.5 GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage with microSD card support
  • 20.7 megapixel rear camera and 2.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • 146.5 x 72 x 7.3 mm and 152 grams

Those who have a Z1s on T-Mobile will appreciate the much improved display.