Sony Xperia Z3 full specs sheet pops in the wild: 600 nits screen, thinner chassis

Someone has managed to snap a prototype Xperia Z3 with a full specs sheet taped on the back, on the cusp of tomorrow's grand announcement at the IFA expo in Berlin. The list is largely similar to what we have now in the Z2, with a few notable differences. First off, the screen remains a 5.2" 1080p Triluminos display, and Sony is now touting its ability to hit 600 nits of peak brightness, rivalling the Galaxy S5 display, which our test showed is one of the best in terms of outdoor visibility. Provided that Sony has kept screen reflectivity in check, the Z3 should be great for use outdoors, even in direct sunlight.

Processing power is supplied by the fastest Snapdragon 801 version, which is a quad-core MSM8974AC, clocked at 2.5 GHz, like in the Galaxy S5, whereas the one in the Z2 is the 2.3 GHz 8974AB version. The generous 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage, plus a microSD slot for expansion, round up the memory offering. The Xperia Z3 is evidently poised to have the same 20 MP sensor as its predecessor, able to record 4K video with ISO up to 3200, and stills with ISO up to the whopping 12800. The stereo speakers and digital noise cancellation tech we know and love from the Xperia Z2, are thankfully present in its successor as well, despite that it has been significantly thinned in comparison. 

The Z3's dimensions are actually the biggest change from the Z2, at least on the surface, as the phone is listed with 146.5 x 72.4 x 7.5mm, whereas the Z2, at 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm, is slightly taller, wider, and thicker than the Z3. Unfortunately, slimming the Z3 chassis has warranted a bit of reduction in battery capacity, so the Z3 is listed as having a 3100 mAh juicer, which is a 100 mAh less than the Z2, though the company still lists that this is a "2-day" battery. Given our Z2 battery tests, we are inclined to believe Sony that their new flagship's endurance won't take a hit, as the Z2 is already the longest-lasting of all spring flagships. Last but not least, the IP55/IP58 dust- and waterproof certification of the phone is kept intact, and Sony even teased that it might be dunked deeper in water than before, but we'll know for sure when we sit down in the Messe Berlin hall at the IFA expo, and relay all the unveiling festivities to you in real time.

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Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Finally today there has been some actual positives about the Z3 line! Caaan't wait!

24. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

upgrades are pretty minor... not much difference between z2 & z3, just a refresher of z2... how it will workout from sales point of view? I think sony might have worked on battery optimizations and the battery will out class z2 which already has good endurance

30. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I like the new design better and I see copper color not the rumored amber. Thought it would be smaller though. The good thing is that they kept 1080p with 3gb ram and increased the nits. And it doesn't say anything about stereo speakers, it just say DUAL AUDIO OUTPUT

33. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

I disagree about audio. It says: Audio: Stereo speakers, Digital Noise Canceling HP support Hi-Res Audio Dual Output DSEE HX I think "Hi-Res Audio Dual Output" is for the DSEE HX wireless audio

34. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

my mistake

36. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I wish they launch 32Gb model for not to micromanage apps to get around the onboard memory space of just under 12Gb"

52. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Yea but what about iPhones coming up the upgrade line

38. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sounds like the '3 is a life cycle refresh of the '2. Either way, unless Sony makes the '3 available for multiple carriers, it will be a sales fail in the U.S.

2. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I hope they've improved the camera and stereo speakers.

3. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Perfect phone. No weakness.

10. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

One weakness! The OS.

18. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

The OS? i think such flawless OS never existed

39. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I see no weakness in the Android OS but I do see weakness in you: Trolling.

41. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

iBoy Emulators are allowed on Android, as is can get apps from Google Play, AppBrain, Amazon Appstore, or anywhere else you can get your hands on an .APK file...something that's hard to do (but not impossible) on iOS. On the other hand, the iTunes Appstore won't allow anything with downloadable code (emulators, Flash). You can change the app launcher (home screen), the default keyboard and Web browser on Android...things you can't do on iOS. If Apple includes it in iOS, chances are you're stuck with it...unless you jailbreak.Pos, useless. Lol

42. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Android likes to tout its open platform over Apple's closed, walled garden. Reader note this opens up tons of possibilities on the Google Play Store (versus the iTunes App Store): prison OS. Tell me iBoy, do you like being, what you can't do? You are free, just like Android.

29. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014


32. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

No weakness? I will tell you one:only 16 GB storage, and no option of 32 GB for those who dislike memory card slots.

35. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Big bezels No Cooper version No Titanium version No Carbon fibre version No shiny stainless steel 18.8 and grade 310 No Brass version Sony please loose half-inch at the bottom and quarter of an inch at the top

40. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Welcome back Arte!

43. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nice one Bro. How's life Bobby? Bob, where's Wahuwishnu and Nicolas oliver? They haven't posted for 2 weeks. Lmao, got 3 warnings last week, for saying Mxzy, Darkk and Jake.

49. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I'm good Arte! I do believe Wacky Wahu and Nikolas got limited. I know Wacky's time out is up but he hasn't come back. Guess he gave up. Lol So you got warnings and those trolls didn't? Unreal, dude. And unfair. Those are three of the biggest trolls around.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hope they improved the audio output level for headphones. Overall, it seems like a rather minimal update to the Z2.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Perfect phone, no weaknesses? It's barely even an upgrade, even worse than iterative iPhone to iPhone S variants. It's already going to be obsolete and out of the loop on the hardware front before they even publicly unveil it.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Some good points, but I wonder if we are seeing the effects of Qualcomm's failure to ship any real chip upgrades this year. What can Sony do? They can skip the refresh and wait for next year's chips, but then they are left with a somewhat stale phone during the holiday season. I just hope Sony didn't bungle anything in making the phone thinner so it ends up worse than the Z2. 600 nits on an IPS is not going to be easy on the battery life.

22. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

It may be White magic so 75% less power consumption

45. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

How come obsolete? Spec wise Z3 will be up to date compared with the other flagships around (except the overkill QHD display of LG G3). And about the design some people criticize, that's so subjective.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I wonder how they can make a promo video for this phone. You know, every manufacturer will make a promo video of their phones to show what's special of the phone and all those details. I can't really imagine how can Sony make a promo video of the Z3, since it's not much difference from the Z2.

15. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

You know sony, tgey dont ad. By actual specs. They used things to represent the features of the phone like the z2 ads.

16. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Wait for the iPhone 6 and I'm sure they will have video, hehe!

8. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

so its not Quantum Dot display yet?? i hope someday we have a phone with Quantum dot display

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