Sony had a pretty big task ahead of them after seeing Samsung’s Note 4 and Note Edge unveiled just before its own event in Berlin this week. But it looks like it made some noise of its own after revealing three Xperia smartphones during its pre-IFA event.
The Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and E3 were all shown off by the Japanese manufacturer, coming as a bit of a surprise, with many expecting to see just the two Z3 handsets.
Starting with the Sony flagship handset, the Xperia Z3 boasts a full HD 5.2” display, along with a Snapdragon 801 chipset, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.
A quad-core 2.5GHz processor also accompanies 3GB RAM, again showing just how much power Sony has packed into its latest flagship handset.
Available in white, black, silver green and copper, the Z3 is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Xperia Z2, as well as packing a larger 3100mAh battery.
The Z3 Compact is the successor to the Z1 Compact, having missed out the second iteration of the product line, and shows a similar design to the Z3 despite its smaller size.
Sizing up with a 4.6” 720p display, the Z3 Compact is slightly larger than the Z1 Compact, and boasts an impressively powerful set of specs inside its glass panel shell.
The same quad-core 2.5GHz processor and Snapdragon 801 find their way from the Z3 into the Z3 Compact, whilst its RAM drops from 3GB down to 2GB.
Its 2600mAh battery helps keep the juice flowing for well over 24 hours, whilst the Z3 Compact’s slightly curved cornering offers an easier grasp of the handset compared to the Z1 Compact.
The smaller Z3 model will also be available in a number of colours, with black, white, orange and green being the choice upon release, possibly growing in the not so distant future.
Sony’s final smartphone of the event was the somewhat surprising Xperia E3, which is supposedly Sony’s cheapest LTE smartphone ever.
Featuring a 4.5” 480x854 display, the E3 is clearly based in the low to mid-range market, and also makes a home for a quad-core 1.2GHz processor.
1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded, handle all the memory for the budget based Sony handset, which is expected to be released alongside the Z3 handsets later this month.
If you’re a photo fan then the E3 won’t be blowing your socks off, with a 5 megapixel back lens and 1.3 megapixel front facing lens keeping quality at a distinctly average level.
There has been no confirmed release date yet for any of the three Sony handsets, but they’re all expected to hit stores later on this month, giving them more than enough time to gear up ahead of the Christmas rush.
Pricing details are also being kept quiet for now, but you can expect details to arrive the moment a release date is issued in the near future.
Written by Luke Hatfield