The first leaks have emerged online of Sony’s third Xperia Z smartphone model, the Xperia Z3, along with pictures of a supposed Z3 Compact handset as well.
Sony has long been considered one of the premier manufacturers on the smartphone market, thanks to its unparalleled design and top-notch build quality.
However, the Japanese company has drawn plenty of criticism by releasing two flagship handsets on a yearly cycle, making its previous handsets quickly outdated.
But it looks like Sony is sticking to its guns, with the Xperia Z3 leaking already, meaning a release could be only months away.
The pictures, leaked on a Chinese website, show a Z3 handset in white, alongside what we expect to be the Z3 Compact, a smaller version of the handset.
The bezels on each handset are notable smaller than their predecessors, giving weight to the supposed leaks.
The more observant of you will realise that we’re naming the smaller handset the Z3 Compact despite Sony not actually releasing a Z2 version of the miniature smartphone.
This is however only an expected name, but it would certainly seem strange to release a brand new Z3 flagship, only to reveal a miniature version of an older handset, meaning a Z2 Compact may never come to exist.
An official spec sheet for each handset is still quite a long way off; but we can expect to see both handsets feature the latest Android operating system, which could well be named Lollipop and feature the version number 4.5 or 5.0.
Rumoured specs include a 5.3” TRILUMINOS display on the Z3, with a Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB RAM being found in both handsets, whilst the Z3 Compact will likely feature a smaller 4.5” display.
The same Sony features from the Z2 can also expect to feature in both handsets, with the likes of the Walkman app and other Sony exclusives making a home in the upcoming handsets.
One point of major discussion is the improvement of the Z2’s already stellar camera, which was identical on the Z1, with a 20.7 megapixel lens.
It would be an odd move by Sony to stick with the same lens for a third handset running, but the snapper has been listed as one of the best on the market since its Z1 debut, giving Sony a tough decision to make.
Some rumours suggest that the lens could well be staying put, with only minor software improvements taking place, whilst others suggest we could be seeing a 25 or even 30 megapixel effort from Sony.
Of course all of this (including the leaked pictures) is heavily debatable and should be taken with a pinch of salt until we get official word from Sony.
But even still we should certainly expect some form of Z3 handset sometime in the near future, especially considering how successful the previous Z2 flagship was.
Of course as more details emerge we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Written by Luke Hatfield