Sony Xperia XZ3 unveiled

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Sony announced the Xperia XZ3 flagship phone at the IFA show in Berlin. The new Xperia XZ3 is the successor to Xperia XZ2 launched at MWC. The display also brings with itself Sony's tweakings such as TRILUMINOS and X-REALITY. Which can be expanded via micro SD, provided you decide to forgo the second SIM slot.

Coming to the imaging department, the smartphone features a 19-megapixel primary shooter on the rear panel accompanied by laser focus and LED flash.

"While on the front, there's a 13 MP 1/3.09" Sony Exmor RS snapper attached to a f/2.0 22mm wide-angle lens. However, the XZ3 is the first smartphone to come with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, with Sony's custom Xperia launcher on top. The display also gets Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The Xperia XZ3 will be the non-Pixel smartphone to ship with Android 9.0 Pie. Sony Xperia XZ3 comes in four colour options of black, white silver, forest green and bordeaux red.

On the front, there's a 13MP shooter for selfies. The camera app's UI has also been redesigned and made more intuitive.

The smartphone comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and expandable memory up to 512GB via microSD card.

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In terms of battery capacity, the XZ2 has a 3180mAh battery, the XZ3 has a 3330mAh capacity and the XZ2 Premium has a 3540mAh capacity. There's a 3330mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and has a Smart Stamina mode. Compared with the predecessor, the screen size of the Xperia XZ3 increased from 5.6 to 6 inches, and the corners become rounded, which looks more aesthetically pleasing.

Sony phones have always been expensive, but when you can get a great device like the OnePlus 6 for $529, it's no wonder Sony is still struggling to compete.

Given their relationship with Qualcomm we'll have to wait until MWC 2019 to see if that Xperia flagship is 5G capable. We easy think you'll resolve on a case because here's a slippery phone and it could maybe perhaps scuff or crack while you plunge it and likewise you're unlucky. An Australian launch will hopefully follow soon after.

Customers who pre-order the handset from Amazon will also get an Xperia Ear Duo headset.

Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de has been pretty spot on when it comes to smartphone leaks and we expect the latest renders and specs details of the Xperia XZ3 to be accurate as well. We're still waiting for more info regarding the device's availability in other markets.

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