IFA 2018: Sony pushes out another flagship smartphone

Pauline Obrien
September 1, 2018

Most of those leaks were spot on when it comes to the design of this smartphone, while benchmarks did reveal accurate specs as well.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 feels focused entirely on the screen, a screen which - on paper at least - is a huge upgrade from the display on the Sony Xperia XZ2. This latest offering is the Xperia XZ3, and looks quite a lot like its predecessor. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and it'll be running Android 9.0 Pie when it arrives later this year. It is also Water and dust resistant with IP65/IP68 certification. Not only that, the smartphone will come with Android Pie out-of-the-box. There are the Laser-assist autofocus and an LED flash, followed by the fingerprint scanner at the center of the back. The 19MP 1/2.3-inch sensor records video in 4K HDR, and you can do 960fps slow motion video capture at 1080p. Up front, the smartphone houses a 13-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor and wide-angle lens. There is a 3300mAh battery with support for Quick charge.

Sony Xperia XZ3 features "Side sense" technology, a gesture-based feature to launch favourite apps.

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The XZ2 and XZ2 Premium have both landed within the last six months, so it's no surprise the Xperia XZ3 doesn't have much we haven't seen already.

That said, we're sure Sony Mobile South Africa will host a local launch event shortly for the Xperia XZ3 where we can get better acquainted with the new device. The display also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. A power / lock key is included on the right-hand side of this phone, along with a physical camera switch, while the phone's volume up and down buttons sit on the left-hand side of the Xperia XZ3. The phone comes with a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter. The front camera only supports Full HD.

As expected, Sony is heading to IFA 2018 with a new flagship in tow.

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The XZ3 has to make to do with a 3300mAh battery and also gets Qi standard wireless charging. The function of 3D scanning individuals had the opportunity to create animated images, allowing you to share emotions.

Aside from the pretty OLED screen, 13MP selfie cam and thumb-activated app menu, this is the same phone as the XZ2. Sony continues to do a bang up job of keeping up with the latest Android versions, whether by releasing devices with new software or updating existing ones, and we wish more manufacturers would learn from it. The feature was a little fussy in the demo area at IFA, but after a few tries we got it working.

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