The Xperia XZ3 could ship with Sony's new 48-megapixel image sensor

Xperia XZ3 could ship with Sony's new 48-megapixel image sensor, benchmark suggests
Just as expected, Sony’s Xperia XZ3 represents a small design evolution over the current-generation Xperia XZ2. However, contrary to recent rumors and rather unexpectedly, the device includes only a single rear camera, something that a new benchmark listing appears to explain.

While initial rumors surrounding Sony’s smartphone suggested that a dual-camera setup would be included, much like the one featured on the Xperia XZ2 Premium, the new GFXBench results clearly list a 47-megapixel rear camera capable of capturing 4K video. This coincides with the new IMX586 image sensor which was announced on Monday and packs a total of 48-megapixels – benchmarks often vary slightly from the official specs, hence the 1-megapixel difference that is listed. If accurate, Sony's Xperia XZ3 could potentially include one of the best smartphone cameras upon launch, although it will face tough competition from Apple’s new September iPhone lineup and the eventual Google Pixel 3 series which is due to be announced in October.

Aside from the rear camera sensor, a front-facing 12-megapixel camera is also listed. Additionally, the Snapdragon 845 is included alongside 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. Unlike previous leaks, though, Android 8.0 Oreo seems to be pre-installed. However, with the Xperia XZ3 not expected to make its debut until August 30, the smartphone should be updated to Android 9.0 P by that time.

Upon searching for this specific benchmark on the official GFXBench website it’s worth noting that no results were found, so it’s unclear at this point how accurate the screenshot is. Nevertheless, if the Xperia XZ3 does include Sony’s new camera, it would fall in line with the sensor’s shipment date of September.

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