Sony intros Limited Edition Xperia Z3 devices, but you probably won't be able to buy any of them

Sony intros Limited Edition Xperia Z3 devices, but you probably won't be able to buy any of them
Sony recently released Limited Edition variants of its Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, all three coming with funky designs on their back plates - inspired by the architectures of Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw, respectively.

The Limited Edition Xperias were given new looks thanks to the work of three different designers, who’ve gathered city landmarks in the illustrations seen on the rear of each device: “Xperia Z3 for Berlin”, “Xperia Z3 Compact for Tokyo”, and “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for Warsaw.” It looks like only 33 of each are available, and you probably won’t be able to get any of them outside of Germany.

You can check out the Limited Edition Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact in the slideshow below. Additionally, to find out more about the regular versions of these Xperias, you can read our Sony Xperia Z3 review, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review, and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review.

Next week, at CES 2015, Sony will likely announce new Xperias, but we don’t know if we’re going to see new smartphones, tablets, or both. Whatever happens, we’ll be here to let you know.



1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Cool. I wonder if it's a sticker beneath the glass, or laser engraving on gorilla glass.

2. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Im guessing laser engraved on the surface beneath the glass. This reminds me of the laser engraved PS4s.

6. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I bet you it's a sticker or some cheap paint beneath the glass because they didn't even put any coating on the display. Beside, all Sony mobile displays are made with cheap and out dated tech. I had the ZR, ZL and now the Z3C. Z3C display colors are funny. Probably DeltaE is way off. I can't even get it right using the Color Balance app. Its productive glass is as good as the glass you use to drink with. Touch panel electronic patterns are visible. If any of you don't believe me, go to the store and check the Z3C out for yourself. F Sony. They tried to reduce the cost making these craps and selling them for optimal prices. F those stupid crooks. Why can't they put a decent display on the phone?

7. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

***protective glass

11. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

For the z3 and z3c it probably will be a sticker or something the z3tc will have to be engraved as it doesn't have a glass back. And there is a oleophobic coating on the screen. Didn't try to wipe the screen off? You could also wash it off you know What tech is outdated? That it uses 801? Or a 1080p ips? The screen is calibrated colder i personally like it more as the whites look better imo. I calibrated my z2t the same way. If you don't like it play a little further with the calibration and try the 3 different modes x-reality, super lively (not sure how its called in the english version) and off.

13. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I'm talking about the displays Sony has been using on their flagships. I bought ZR and ZL before this Z3C and they both had TFT displays which are just garbage. If I knew, I wouldn't have wasted my money on those. It was their scam to have gsmarena listed those phones' displays as IPS'. Take a look at gsmarena, the top 4 phones are all Sony. The ZR and ZL just came out about 2 years ago but those and the rest of the Sony phones then had no IPS panels. Don't get me wrong, I really like the Z3C design - water proof, micro sd slot, stereo speakers, 801 and Adreno 330 but the display kills it. There are no coatings on the cheap protective glass. Touch panel electronic patterns are visible to the point it's just irritating to look at. Display sharpness is very poor compares to every other display with the same PPI. You may like the color but I don't because its deltaE is way off. I had my Dell monitor calibrated and the Z3C display colors, gamma and white balance are nowhere near, no matter how I tried to adjust it with the white balance app in the phone. I don't know about the Z2 but based on my experience with 3 Xperias in the last 2 years, I have to say that Sony mobile displays are the worst. If you can't tell how bad Xperia displays are, you should compare them with other phones. I bet you that you'll be surprised how did a reputable company like Sony put such crappy displays on their flagships.

14. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

So you keep buying without looking? If you hate their displays? There are other phones with the same kind of specs and with better displays according to you. I love the displays they use thats why i bought them and no i don't buy a phone without comparing. I go to a store and compare the phones before buying. You probably should do the same. The z3c has a gorilla glass 3 or dragontrail glass and has a oleophobic coating. Bring yours back if you can see the touchpanel patterns.

15. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

What? The Z3C has gorilla glass 3 OR dragontrail glass. So you don't know for sure? Oleophobic coating too? You're a liar. I have so many devices in my household and I know how to test if it has oleophobic coating or not. Just a drop of water on the glass and you will know. If I bought mine at a local store, I would've had brought it back the same day. You're a liar and an idiot. You don't own a Z3. You shouldn't praise this crap so much. I wish you ditch out your saving and buy this piece of crap because it suits you perfectly.

17. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Thnx for the compliments jack*ss. I myself own the z3tc bought my wife the z3 copper. Both have the oleophobic coating. A friend of mine has the z3c and it also has oleophobic coating. The reason why it has dragontrail or gorilla glass is probably because they couldn't get enough of the 1 they wanted in the first place so they went to the other. If you didn't buy yours in the local store where did you buy it then? I love the build quality of them also their functionality and displays that's why i bought them. If you don't like them why buy 3 phones of them?

16. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

By the way I guess I should have checked these garbage out in person first before buying. But who would have thought? I mean I had been using iPhone since the first iPhone came out. When I ordered the ZR, I thought it's Sony, it gotta be good. I did a lot of readings online (I didn't know those reviews were biased and paid for by Sony). And after thinking the iPhone 4 which came out 3 years prior to the ZR, I would never had thought that Sony would put TFT on their flagship. So I ordered it with 90% certainty and 10% on hope. I was surprised the ZR got so hot on light use like surfing the web and the crappy TFT display Sony slapped on it. The brand new ZR couldn't match the 3 years old iPhone 4 in performance and craftsmanship. So I returned it and bought the LG E970. I've been very happy with the LG since. Couple months later my sister told me she wants the ZL which her friend had. I tried to explain but she said she had checked it out and it was good. I got back online reading reviews again. All review have it high marks (welcome to modern journalism, all bulls and biased). Well, the ZL display is a little better than the ZR but it's still TFT which is unacceptable on any modern mobile device by any mean. Can you explain why a giant powerhouse like Sony decided to use outdated and low quality displays on all of their flagships while everyone else moving up another notch to Super Amoled and HD IPS+? I'm tired of explaining to an idiot. Just do whatever you want with your money.

18. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I know allot of people still holding their zr just because they love it. I never liked the zr i bought the z liked its design more and even if it had a tft screen i didn't care as it was good.(after the first update it got allot better) back then i didn't use my phone as my main mediaplayer just some youtube videos. The waterproof function caught my eye back then and its design.but i got bored as i found the phone to small so i waited till note3 would come out bit it was to small the ultra fitted my needs better also its screennwas better imo. But since i got the z2t i noticed i didn't enjoy watching series etc on the ultra so i ditched that for the z3tc. But to come back and saying an iphone 4 has a better display then the zr is a matter of taste. I for 1 hate to see the pixels in the screen and yes i can see them even on the 5. Zl was a bit earlier then zr but had the 1080p screen compared to the 720p on the zr. I'm not sure why sony used tft instead of ips but i do know why they didn't use amoled cause it is stil in progress and copared to lcd/tft its life is short.

19. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Where did I buy those crappy Xperias? ZR on Amazon, ZL on Newegg and Z3C from BH Photo. It's more convenience for me to order online because sometimes it hurts when I walk a lot. I have osteoarthritis. I think you can verify my purchases on those sites. Someone here did my Amazon purchase.

20. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Ok still its very weird. I don't know where you live, but here in the Netherlands we can return the phones if we buy them online usually without any cost

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wait a minute, isn't the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact's camera in the corner of the back?...

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nope, it's centered in the top.

5. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014


12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

***cough cough***

10. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Limited editions are meant to have copper, brass , silveror ceramic, not these cheap editions.

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