Sony Xperia Z3 already receiving certifications?

With the Xperia Z2 (pictured above) still being a new smartphone, would it make sense for Sony to prepare the release of a successor to it, called Xperia Z3? Maybe not. But the Z2 itself was introduced about half a year after the previous Xperia flagship handset (the Z1), so the launch of a Z3 later this year shouldn’t surprise us.

Not long ago, we heard that the Xperia Z3 may be announced in September. While Sony obviously didn’t confirm anything regarding the new device, it looks like the Z3 is already receiving some certifications.

Japanese website Blog of Mobile discovered an unannounced Sony smartphone that received a TÜV Rheinland certification earlier this month (TÜV Rheinland usually tests the safety and quality of devices). The new handset goes by various model numbers: PM-0800-BV (D6603), PM-0804-BV (D6643), PM-0801-BV (D6616), PM-0806-BV (D6653), PM-0802-BV, PM-0803-BV, and PM-0807-BV. According to the Japanese website, all these model numbers could represent the Xperia Z3.

It’s not the first time we’re hearing about the D6603. Back in April, this was spotted in a benchmark test result that allegedly revealed some of its features - which appeared to be similar to the features of the Z2. However, these benchmark results are not always accurately presenting the specs of a handset (and can be faked), so they can't really confirm anything. 

Since the Xperia Z2 has model numbers of the D65xx type, a D66xx model number could certainly represent a next-gen flagship handset. Of course, we can’t be sure of anything now - except for the fact that a new, apparently high-end Sony smartphone is in testing. We’ll bring more details on this as soon as we get 'em.

source: TÜV Rheinland via Blog of Mobile (translated)



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

too soon sony.....release it with android L and new camera and design in late 2014.....

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nuh, that will mess up their timeline of releasing 2 flagships per year... I still don't like how they are releasing 2 flagships per year since Z2 is still somewhat new to a lot of countries. I think Sony should work on two lines of flagship a year instead of two of the same line.

15. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Competition. Competition. These is what Sony is all about watch out IPhone 6 and Note 4.

17. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

only those with obsession in having the latest device will be bothered about this. it's actually good for them to do things this way because it makes the previous device cheaper. why complain when it makes the predecessor's price lower?

25. ThreeFourSeven

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I disagree, this is why HTC is in the shape their in now. They were releasing a new phone every couple of months until they decided with one flagship per year. I don't mind a phone for each tier category (low, mid, high) but they didn't even release the Z2 in the US. This is why the carriers don't give Sony no respect.

22. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Sony should work to make their flagships available as soon as they launch it. Now the scenario is like Z2 just started showing up in many places even though they had announced it 6 months back, now when they launch z3, it will take 6-7 months for z3 to be available locally. by then z2 will be 7-8 months old.

8. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

even late 2014 would be too soon. The S810 SoC won't hit devices before Q1 2015 and that's the time when Sony will release the "Z4". Presenting a Z1 Compact successor and a new 6" Phablet along with a smartwatch and a 8,9" Tablet would be more than enough for IFA

2. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Z2 already blow away all flagships.. Z3 woaaa this phone will be phenomenaaaal

11. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Blow away all flagships???? Lol you fankid really too desperate.. Get some sleep..

13. Nevada

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 09, 2013

Why? He just tells the truth. Do u got some problems with that douchebag?

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I don't see in any way how the Z2 beats any of the other flagships. The blind camera comparisons always place it below other flagships, it's specs are comparable to others yet it's not even available for purchase here in the USA except thru Amazon. Big whoop! Right now it's as available as the OnePlus One.... And honestly I'd take a $349 64 GB OnePlus One over a Z2 any day. Hell I'd take a $349 32 GB Nexus 5 over the $640 Z2.......

21. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

goodluck with oneplus one.. :))))))))))

18. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Tell the truth?? The truth my ASS!!

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I wonder when they will implement that curved sensor into their phones.

5. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Sony should just skip the release of Z2 in the States and release the Z3 ON TIME in the fall to all 4 Major Carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint). Release it with Android L on Lollipop (Android 5.0).

26. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

i agree

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Keep it 1080p with WhiteMagic, slap on SD805, curved camera sensor, call it a day.

7. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

The new Z Ultra might get the D68xx codename so this might just be a beefier spec variant (snapdragon805?) of the Z2, might be named Z2 Alpha, Prime or something... Might also be z2 compact... And of course too soon, i havent got my hands on my preordered Z2 yet...

9. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

according to recent rumors there won't be a ZU successor, but a small tablet (8") with phone call capabilities.

10. jinxtabator

Posts: 20; Member since: May 19, 2013

The Japanese manufacturers release flagships twice a year in Japan, they might as well abroad too.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Damn it why talk bout it now just got my Z1 Z2 is already out. But still excited for the specs. hopefully they will use qHD

19. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

This and Note 4 will be serious competitor for i6

20. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

This is not the z3 but the z2 compact.

23. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

So z2 is so successful that they gonna come up with z3 so soon? They're not doing good as a company should avoid releasing new flagship after every 6months. They're following Sammy n lg blindly as they also coming with new devices with sd805.

24. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Hope it features a 64-Bit processor instead of the 32-Bit ones....

27. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

it'll have a 2k display

28. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

and a SD805

29. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

ooh but i want thinner bezels please sony

30. PhotoPixel

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

If on Xperia Z3 will be the same horrible post processing, then goodbye Sony.!

31. Zhephyr

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

another huge phone. nice if sony made more z1 compact like phones i read one great idea on the internet about z1 compact + nexus concept and look great SONY Nexus Compact

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