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Sony Xperia Z3 metal frame leaked, August announcement in tow?

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Sony Xperia Z3 metal frame leaked, August announcement in tow?
Sony just can't give us, or its engineers a break. The Sony Xperia Z2 was introduced this February, roughly six months after the Xperia Z1. It's like customers barely had enough time to enjoy the Z1 before they faced the temptation to upgrade. It looks like the same fate awaits owners of the new Z2, as only three months after MWC 2014, we're already talking about the Xperia Z3. Well, it's not like we didn't expect that, did we? But the source said that Sony could announce the Xperia Z3 as soon as August, making it its flagship smartphone for the second half of 2014, which is just six months after the Z2 was announced.

According to the photos below, this is the Xperia Z3's metal frame. It is treated with a PVD coating, which will provide a more corrosion-resistant interface, better impact resistance and resilience to scratches. It is also said to be more environmentally friendly.

The source of the photos claimed that the Xperia Z3 will ignore the QHD-trend, instead opting for a 1080p display, a beefy Snapdragon 805 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz, 3GB of RAM, and a 20.7MP main camera. This doesn't sound like too much of an upgrade over the Z2, but who knows, maybe Sony is working on something special.


via G For Games

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posted on 20 May 2014, 07:10

1. CyberFalcon (Posts: 221; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Fake...

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:17

15. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Of course this is fake. Especially the part about it going to have an SD 805 processor running at 2.7ghz. That's still a 32bit processor. When a number of OEMS are going to start using 64bit processors Q3/Q4 timeframe this year. Besides I would rather have a SD 610/615 running at 1.8ghz 64bit processor then a SD 805 2.7ghz 32bit processor, any day of the week.

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:09 1

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I'll take the Tegra4 A15 at 2.7Ghz rather than the A9 S805 at 2.7ghz. With 4gb DDR4 RAM

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:25 1

31. Adrian38 (Posts: 141; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Yeah, but you have to take into consideration that Sony has always been a bit behind when it comes to using the latest and greatest. Everyone else seems to get all the new stuff before they do.

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:38 6

34. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


that is not always the case, this is the case before 2013. Z ULTRA was the first phablet with SD800, Z1 was also one of the first phone with SD800. Sony has changed since the release of their Z ULTRA, they have been up to date with their hardware. the Z2 might not have the best chipset, but there is no real differences between the one in the Z2 and SGS5, you just need to over clock your CPU and boom, you have the chpset in the SGS5. Apart from that, Z2 has the latest hardware including one of the best battery life (battery size) one of the best camera, display, design …etc

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:29

37. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I have already oveeclocked my Z2 to 2.7Ghz it's much faster know

posted on 30 Jun 2014, 17:59

52. Suiii (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


And does it overheat?

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:04 1

39. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Damn. 0.5 mm thickness.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:38 2

41. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Ignoring QHD and releasing it in the battleground against G3, S5 PRIME and M8 PRIME will be suicide.

posted on 21 May 2014, 01:23

49. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Is it Z3 or ZL2??
How would u make a device with a piece of metal waterproof?

posted on 21 May 2014, 01:39

50. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


hydrophobic coating?

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:11 1

2. CyberFalcon (Posts: 221; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Phonearena just can't give us, or its rumour mills a break.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:21

18. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Of course its rumors. Sony just came out with the Z2. Besides most OEMS are going to be looking at 64bit chips on flagships by the end of this year.

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:14

29. Commentator (Posts: 3654; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Don't be so sure. Sony announced the Z2 in late February, less than 6 months after they announced the Z1 in early September. If they announce the Z3 in August it would follow the recent trend of a new flagship once every 6 months or so.

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:15

3. walnuttt (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


who knows this might be true? I bet it is.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:22 1

19. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Bet its not.

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:18

4. maddy996 (Posts: 81; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


wow z2 is still missing in my country and z3 is coming soon...disgusting sony :(

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:18 3

30. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


if z2 is not yet in your country, you can bet that z3 will have the same delay

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:34 5

33. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


I see everyone complaining about releasing two flagships a year (including myself) but I also see all manufacturers doing the same but call it S5 prime or HTC ONE prime it is just like Z2 (S5) and Z3 (S5 prime).

posted on 20 May 2014, 18:36 4

46. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


exactly my thought about it, and those sony haters bash about their 6 months cycle... what about pissing off the owners of s5 and m8 after they bought it and there will be rumors of their primes?? it's like, s5 and m8 are dummy phones for lab rats and if there where bugs they'll optimize it for perfection and call it primes.

posted on 21 May 2014, 01:47 1

51. Odiin (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


@ ahomad n marcski07
+ well said

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:21

5. iamoa (unregistered)


my country got Z2 yesterday and i was thinking to buy it but WTF sony :x

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:25 1

21. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This is just a made up rumor.

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:22 4

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Typo in the article. It says Z3 doesn't sound like a big upgrade to the Z3.

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:12

28. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What do you expect from Snapdragon a extra 200Ghz over S801 to the S805

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:26 10

7. abhishek2201 (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Well Sony, your hill upwards from Z to Z1 to Z2 has been incredible to be honest, After parting with Ericsson no one would have ever predicted that in two years your flagships would compete (and even surpass to some extent,) the flagships from Samsung, LG and Apple.

I am not really an Appletard, but honestly respect their pursuit towards perfection, which would be great if Sony inculcates.
So now that you have a potent flagship with a great camera, display, battery and custom UI, I hope you pursue perfecting some areas like speakers, headphone output, call quality where others have set the industry standards.

Silicon wars will continue, so will innovation but releasing a device near-perfection that is available across the globe is far more important.

Six months for a new flagship isn't a bad move imo, just releasing two months late with limited carriers is.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:28

22. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I guess you didn't see. That the new Z2 has the best headphone output, especially with their noise canceling headset.

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:31

8. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Come to papa!!!

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:46

9. youssef44 (Posts: 51; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


wtf !! new flagship every 3 or 4 month !!! apple is the best......

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:01 5

11. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Which calendar were you using?

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:09 7

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


The iCalendar ;)

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:21 4

17. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


The iCalendar automatically deletes the months that they spend waiting in line outside the Apple Store :P

posted on 20 May 2014, 15:29

44. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


iNnovation :D

posted on 20 May 2014, 20:40

48. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


troll spotted. :P

posted on 20 May 2014, 07:51

10. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Might be true that new designed frame hinted Z3 going have new design series ~

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:08 3

12. XperiaX (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


Smartphone technology is really improving ultra fast and Sony is keeping up with it which is actually a good thing...

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:11

14. jinxtabator (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 May 2013)


Would love to see them ditch the glass rear (although this article's just discussing the frame). The main thing putting me off the Z2 is the screen/phone size ratio, much prefer LG on this. Will wait to see how the first QHD phones are but could be a smart move to ignore this trend.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:20 2

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


For crying out loud, their previous flaghship just came out and not without issues, and instead of addressing them, they are prepating the next $700 phone? I'm really disappointed in Sams... oh wait, this is a Sony article. Z3 - all right! Same design, yaaay! Improved specs, improved camera, improved build, and it's coming out in just 3 months, I'm so happy! Really proud of Sony!

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:45 1

24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I don't like what you mean with that comment, but it was a nice one lol +1

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:24

20. ryq24 (Posts: 681; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Too soon!

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:43

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Why to soon it is still only a rumor and nothing more.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:50

25. drazwy (Posts: 190; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Z3. LOL...Z3 Maybe by Christmas, after they announce the Z4.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:59 1

26. Amir1 (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


By reading phonearena's comments i can't help but say that most of the commenters here are a bunch of noobs. nothing personal. listen carefully: sony has every half a year flagship release since 2011 and its NOT going to change in 2014. s810 ONLY from 2015 flagships. most of z3 rumors here are confirmed aside of "august release" which is NONE SENSE. sony will announce z3 at IFA like every year (announce means introducing the device first, not release). god, the NOOBNESS.

posted on 20 May 2014, 09:26 2

32. refillable (Posts: 1038; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Nonsense*. Taiking too long between announcement/introduction and consumer release is not nice whatsoever.

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:04 2

35. osanilevich (Posts: 282; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


I seriously would not be surprised if they outed a Z3 in August. Sony, of all the manufacturers, moves quickest when it comes to the life cycle of their products. Seems like all the Sony fans in the comments who just got their Z2's are either in extreme denial or are finding out about Sony's constant need to refresh the hard way

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:05 2

36. Kal-el (Posts: 93; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


IF sony is doing a 6 month cycle i think it would beneficial to have a trade in program to help consumers upgrade if they needed to like 60-70% of z1 price is given for an upgrade to z2 and then pay the difference...instead of having to privately sell and the and then buy for those without contract restrictions ...and even those on contracts wouldn't have to extend their duration and could just pay the difference if they wanted.

posted on 20 May 2014, 20:18

47. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Makes sense.

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:30

38. mokhtar (Posts: 402; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Z3 will be a bomb.. Just wait for that.. So sure

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:37

40. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


3 high end phones in 2 years by Sony

Fragmentation for users

1 device every 16 months making sure it's feature proof for 3 years ahead

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:01

42. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


I would like to stick to my guess that sony will just make an xperia z2 ultra come august... Z2 will stay as the standard size flagship, heck they cant even produce enough of it to satisfy worldwide demands. There is no need to hurry up for another standard phone size flagship. The phablet section is where sony should focus attention to combat the note4 and iphone 5.5 and an xperia z2 ultra with 6 inch, snapdragon 805 or tegra k1 might do the trick. Just dont forget to at least give it a 13/20.7megapixel camera with flash as to be not as dissappointing as th experia z ultra of last year... Xperia Z2 Compact might also come at that time with the same power as the z2 in a smaller body.... They should also upgrade the xperia m2 to HD display.... Cover most price points...

posted on 20 May 2014, 14:03 1

43. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


I love new phones. This is just great news as long as the phones are improving. Sony needs to make the phone smaller but still keep the 5" screen. Just a bit smaller compact body with smaller bezels. If Sony makes the phone even bigger then the compact will have 4,7" and thats not an compact anymore.

posted on 20 May 2014, 16:43

45. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Sigh.. it's more of the same..why don't they just stop with the smartphones already ==

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