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Sony unveiled its flagship Xperia XZ3

01 September, 2018, 20:52 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • Sony Xperia XZ3

Editors' Note: Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET with additional hand-on impressions. Which Sony flagship is for you?

Typically, Sony launches multiple new phones at IFA including a Compact model for those looking for a smaller handset.

Credit: SonySony has good reason to get this new phone out there. As for the remainder, it's a refinement of the original draw Sony established with the Xperia XZ2, which was unveiled barely six months within the past. The name of this new handset is the Xperia XZ3, as expected, as the device has been leaking for weeks now.

The smartphone will go on sale in September this year. Still, even though we knew about most of the phone's specifications heading into today's announcement, there might be a few surprising features left to learn about.

Sony is expected to take the wraps of the Xperia XZ3 at IFA 2018, which is now being held in Berlin, Germany.

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Of course, the gold standard isn't how Sony's new phone compares to LCD-based predecessors. The Xperia XZ3 comes with a 6-inch OLED display, QHD+ resolution and relies on Sony's own Bravia technology for the display. But a new report by Winfuture.de gives us our clearest look at what the Xperia XZ3 will look like as well as the hardware it is going to bring. The company has also improved its camera interface, to make it cleaner, easier to use. OLED displays are the current de facto screen technology for most tier one manufacturers.

Sony dabbled with dual-digital camera tech with its XZ2 Top charge, however it undoubtedly's reverting back to a single-lens digital camera on the XZ3. It also comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. There will be four color options, black, green, red and white silver.

Xperia XZ3 includes a 19MP Motion Eye rear-facing camera, which is capable of shooting 4K Ultra HD HDR videos and 960fps slow motion video.

The Sony camera app has been given a slight makeover so the viewfinder looks less cluttered, but you can still find all the same settings and features in various menus. Raise the sleeping XZ3 horizontally, and the camera will spring to life, ready to take a picture with a tap. Some of you were probably expecting Android Oreo to come pre-installed on the device, but that will not be the case. Smart Launch figures to save only a few seconds from swiping your camera awake, but those seconds can make the difference when you're trying to capture the flawless shot. The Side Sense function can be triggered by double tapping on either side of the display. This is not exactly a huge battery considering the phone's display size, but it's possible that it will be more than enough to get you through the day, we'll see. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Xperia UI on top. With its October 17 ship date, that would make Sony's new phone among the first non-Google devices to get the new Android. The flagship phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Powering the smartphone will be a 3,300 mAh battery. Which begs the question: How many flagships is too many flagships?

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