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Xperia Z3 tipped to come in September with a 7mm thin redesign, no Z Ultra successor in Sony's plans

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Xperia Z3 tipped to come in September with a 7mm thin redesign, no Z Ultra successor in Sony's plans
The upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 apparently won't be powered by Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 805 processor, which is yet to make a debut in a mobile device, according to perennial Sony gear leakster DooMLorD.

This likely means that the Z3 will employ the same Snapdragon 801 processor that powers the Z2 at the moment. Snapdragon 805 is faster, and more oriented towards 4K encoding, decoding and streaming than 801, but Sony might have concluded that these niceties are ahead of their time, as 801 is mighty powerful as it is, while 4K content is not exactly abundant just yet. Judging from the thread replies of the source, Sony might jump straight to Snapdragon 810, which is expected to land in time for the Spring 2015 flagships.

Xperia Z3 tipped to come in September with a 7mm thin redesign, no Z Ultra successor in Sony's plans

Like this T3 frame, Xperia Z3 might be only 7mm thin

Like this T3 frame, Xperia Z3 might be only 7mm thin

DooMLorD, however, clarifies that the Z3 will sport a new design language with very slim bezels, and the flagship will be only 7mm thin, just like the Xperia T3 that was announced yesterday.

Given the line's heritage, the Z3 should also be waterproof, and we are very curious to see how Sony has pulled that off in such an anorexic handset. The Xperia Z3 is expected to be announced after the summer, in September, when it will have to battle the eventual iPhone 6, Note 4, and the HTC One (M8) Prime, all of which are likely to be unveiled around that time. 

As for a speculated Z Ultra successor, the source shoots down this rumor, saying that Sony has no plans to release another thin, gigantic handset, that is borderline tablet-y. If you thought the first half of the year to be interesting, the second is shaping up to be even crazier, it seems.

source: DooMLorD (Twitter)

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:44 2

1. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


PA, that image of the metal frame is most likely T3 and not Z3...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:44 6

14. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


And it did say "Like this T3 frame, Xperia Z3 might be only 7mm thin", so it is the frame from T3.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:48 2

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


Its a juggernaut device from Sony.....i'm waiting Sony.....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:14

48. UglyFrank (Posts: 1579; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If they seriously think they can release 3 flagships with near enough the exact same processor.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:45 10

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I think sony should hold the realease of z3..... they are releasing flagship too fast....z3 should launch at starting of 2015 or end of 2014.... and it should have snapdragon 810, better and bigger camera,new design....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:53 4

5. Canaan (Posts: 329; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I agree, I mean they haven't even released the Z2 in the U.S. And they're already planning the Z3 release?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:00 8

6. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The market in asian is different than america. In asia, if you have a big title (high salary), you don't want other to upgrade too many step before you. So, that's the reason why Sony & samsung releasing 2 flagship per year, and this people PAYING FULL PRICE. This is what american might not understand.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:46

15. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


This just means my Z2 won't be envy when the Z3 comes out and ready to see what's Z4 going to bring to the table.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:44 1

45. refillable (Posts: 1042; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Z2 has yet to come in my Hometown (Bandung) As far as I know. What you are saying is true though. Last year my Dad said that his Co-worker bought an iPad Air for 1500 quids just for the sake of being prestigious!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:24

57. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Same thing happens in America, doesn't mean it's not dumb. It devalues "Flagship" if it changes every 6 months. Samsung only has one Flagship every year. The Note Series is not their flagship line.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:44

41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Z1 came out in Oct though. And I feel like kicking myself should wait till 2015 for new phones

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:13

51. T.Law (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Totally agree! My Z2 will feel outdated too soon.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:05

53. DerryAhmad (Posts: 273; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Yeah.. I'm not too keen on Sony releasing 2 flagships with approximately the same size and specs in a year.
What I really want Sony to release is the Z2 Compact or Z2 Ultra on Summer/Fall.
The flagships for different sizes:
- Spring: Mainstream Flagship 5+"
- Summer: Phablet Flagship 6+"
- Fall/Holiday: Compact Flagship 4+"

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:46 6

3. Diezparda (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


trim the bezel & increase the screen size a little, i'll switch from my Note 3

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:51

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Hopefully they make the Z3 have smaller bezels than their Xperia ZL or the G3

But I don't think they could if its only 7 mm thick with a 1/2.3" (or bigger) camera sensor
And also its front facing speaker and water/dust proofing

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:49

4. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)


what is the point having a phone that so thin? show off?
i hope smartphone maker stop make "blah blah blah thinest phone"
almost all have small battery(except that tablet,... i mean phablet have is huge and with huge bezel *cough*Z ultra*cough* )

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:34 1

13. james.blunt.1973 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


Right, thin bezels, good. thin body not good. HUGE battery excellent.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:08

7. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


The first thing Sony must redesign is its UI.
And September is too early, just wait till the beginning of 2015.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:19 2

20. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Timescape UI is good as it is. Dont let me start talking about TouchWiz hehe

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:37

29. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Timescape ?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:16

49. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


That's what sony's UK is called.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:09 2

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1426; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


This is ridiculous, the Z2 was release about 2-3 months ago, I'm planning to get one soon and you're telling me it's successor is coming out in another 3 months? Screw this...This is why people still buy iPhones, at least in their eco-system, their phones are the "latest" for a year, not 6 months.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:29 7

23. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


iPhones? "Latest"? Oh comeon frydaexiii, enough of the jokes. Wheres the camera? LOL!
Seriously, Sony, Samsung and HTC are creating their own niche of competition wherein Apple cant catch up. All Apple was doing is" reinvent" and copy what those three have been doing in the previous year and call it innovation.
Their ancient eco system and their so-called walled gardens hinders Apple from taking a leap frog to lead.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:06 1

34. N3Z1droid (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


+1 well said :)

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:10 1

43. frydaexiii (Posts: 1426; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


What I meant was, in the North Korea of smartphones (Apple), their outdated hardware is still considered "latest" to their followers. And that "latest" stays around for a year. That's what I meant.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:06

56. Canaan (Posts: 329; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I believe he was talking about the hardware, which is true you don't get new CPUs every 6 months like android is doing with the snapdragon sets recently. Although, it could also include the software considering that even the iPhone 4s (which will be 3 years old in the fall) will be getting the latest IOS 8 update. Not even Google has those updates for their Nexus lines which they stop updating after 18 months,

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:17 1

9. iMemo (Posts: 110; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


And who the heck is the same Doomlord dude! I Don't believe it till I hear it from evleaks. :p

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:22 1

22. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


doomlord is the evleaks of Sony products

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:31

24. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


If you root several Sony phones before, chances are you are using DooMLorD's tools. He even has broken root even before Z1 came out. I think DooMLorD works for Sony.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:26 2

10. xeonfire (Posts: 88; Member since: 15 Feb 2014)


Apparently, according my friend who owns and run a Sony Centre, phones are the current king in regards to sales, TVs and cameras are just not selling, and people do upgrade phones just to show off, most people don't even use half of the functions, features, or capabilities of the their smartphones. Go figure..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:38

38. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


That's right!!
We can use the same TV for 3 years, 5 years, or even 10 years.
The same vacum cleaner for 10 years+
The same washing machine for 10 years+
The same refrigerator for 10 years+
Even the same wired phone for 20 years+
But we do change our phone faster than we change our girl friend

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:27

58. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


My phone is 5 years old. Only idiots get a new phone every year. At least wait every 2 years if Upgrade is allowed (I have unliminted Data so rather keep that and pay a little extra for a phone).

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:54 1

47. refillable (Posts: 1042; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Mirrorless and RX series cameras sells well to me... DSLRs still has some time to catch the eyes of Canikon buyers. Of course thoguh, bravia will struggle as Sony seems to want to abandon it just like Vaio. No Ads, no special campaign and seems no new revolutionary tech. It seems that Sony is tired watching all that red numbers going year-after-year consecutively.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:27

11. ryq24 (Posts: 688; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


How are they going to pull it of? Sharp already have a phone that is waterproof and with small bezel. Sony is late again. They should improve their software if they want to make a dent on samsung's sale.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:33 1

26. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


If you want thin bezels, go buy a Sharp. Sony doesnt let functionality suffer over aesthetics.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:32

12. platon09 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


No z2 ultra with bigger Battery...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:00 1

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10431; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Redesign the UI and I'll throw my money.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:33

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


Custom launchers like Apex and Nova are great.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:37

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10431; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And lose UI functionality? LG's new UI is beautiful though.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:48 1

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


Root and install Timescape. Delete unwanted apps. CM10.CM11.

Friend has a LG2, I've played around with it and I really liked it.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:35 1

27. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Meanwhile in Samsung side...
The UI sucks, redesign it! Ive already thrown away my money to waste. Lol!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:03 1

18. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


6 months cycle plan is plain stupid.. overpopulating the world with your own product will not make us buy u Sony..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:36 1

28. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Tell that to Samsung. Galaxies all over

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:05 2

33. Gamas_K (Posts: 70; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Well, samsung did have 2 flagship a year, but different segment.. ordinary smartphone(galaxy s) and phablet (galaxy note)

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:04 1

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


this is how Android crumbled in 2014, while WP and iOS rose up.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:37 2

30. chocowii (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Edit.
this is how Android crumbled in 2014, while WP only rose up.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:48

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


Wp rose cause of cheap L520, orelse stagnated around 3%.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:33

37. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


lool..do you have any ideea how many cheap android phones are out there? Samsung lone has tens of cheap galaxy phones..Most android devices are cheap..if apple would make a 170 dollars product do you think that iphone 6 would still sell better? It is logical that cheap products sell better..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:28

59. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Actually Android and WP is winning. IOS is dying.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:04

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


Rip… .

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:40 2

39. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Get some fact straight.
WP market share & iOS diminishing, while android going up.

source:http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/06/final-q1-smartphone-market-shares-top-10-brands-os-platforms-and-installed-base.html

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:29

60. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


WP marketshare is still growing but Android is already market leader and still growing. IOS users switch to Android.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:50

63. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The reason of WP market share growing because Nokia need to make BIG number so that microsoft have the reason to buy THEM.

Now, it's belong to microsoft, microsoft won't do the same. Microsoft won't pour money into the ocean.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:20 1

21. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


I don't like that idea. It will be the same thing with little changes. Why?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:59 1

32. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


I've got a leak from hearsay for the upcoming Z3:
Overal size: 142×72×6.8mm
Display: 5.35" IPS-LCD, 1.440×2.560, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Battery: Unremovable, 4.000 mAh
Camera: 20.7MP, 1.6 ultronPixel
All metal build, IP78 certified for dust and water resistance.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:13

35. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I doubt it :-P

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:24

36. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 65; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


7mm bezels on top and bottom of screen combined -_-

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:44 2

40. bkzebraphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Yay! Sony is gonna announce a new phone September and not release it in the US for like 5-6 months

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:52

46. meeaaoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


It doesnt matter how slim it is as long as it has huge bezels... Sony please make Xperia ZL successor..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:30 1

52. willywanta (Posts: 203; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


oh no no no...
Please refresh z ultra and save z3 for next year. You wanna compete with iPhone 6 and galaxy note 4? z ultra 2 please

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