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

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

1. TypicalGeek

Posts: 214; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

For god’s sake, give your phone 128GB Storage.

2. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sumainfo is a fake site. They make fake benchmarks almost everyday

3. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Only good is the XZ2 will drop in price

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I saw for like $580 days ago, Amazon Germany

5. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If I'm spending $700 it's with Samsung or Apple. For $600 I'll look at LG and Huawei since their phones usually get good discounts. For $500 it's OnePlus or a mate 10 Pro. Sony is just crazy.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

If this has the new 48mp sensor it will be insane!

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Well, it's likely the sensor Sony will use is going to be a slightly better version of this. This has happened in the past. They unveiled a 20-something MP camera sensor and went over the benefits and it's went to market, but they put an even better 23MP multi-aspect sensor on their flagships. My guess is that they will have a sensor that's 48MP like this one but with a larger sensor size and some other features, or a smaller MP count (32, 36, 38, or 40) with the same sensor size of 1/2" and other features.

7. umaru-chan

Posts: 359; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I think its fake news. Even it's true Sony's mediocre camera software will not be able to utilize its full potential. Just give it to Pixel team. Sony mobile is becoming irrelevant because of their dated looks/design, second rate camera and lack of ads. Soon they will become the HTC.

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Bollocks. Just about every single non-biased, non-shill reviewer has praised the advances in Sony's image software in this last generation. Look at the camera samples and comparisons in a controlled setting over at gsmarena. Sony is definitely top 10 if not top 5 this generation for camera performance. Low light is also great for them. Look at the XZ2P camera samples. Highly competitive if not better than Samsung's. Huawei showed the power of lots of small pixels on a huge sensor. Sony will do the same. The trend of chasing a 12mp camera just because apple did it is over.

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