IFA 2018: Sony Xperia XZ3 with Android Pie, wireless charging launched

IFA 2018: Sony Xperia XZ3 with Android Pie, wireless charging launched

Jumping the trend of a six-month refresh cycle, Sony has just unveiled the successor to the Xperia XZ2 at the ongoing IFA 2018 trade show called the Xperia XZ3.

For the most part, the XZ2 and Xperia XZ3 look nearly identical, but from the front you can see where this new 6-inch screen curves over the sides - similar to Samsung's Galaxy S9. The Triluminous HDR screen uses Sony's X-Reality Engine.

The hardware is pretty much the same as on the Xperia XZ2, so you get Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card slot.

On the camera department, the Sony Xperia XZ3 sports a single 19-megapixels main camera at the rear that comes with a Sony Exmor RS sensor with predictive hybrid autofocus from PDAF and laser technology. Sony has kept the same design language, with that curved screen, the centre placed fingerprint scanner, and the single 19MP back camera.

Now the declared value of the Sony Xperia XZ3 is 995 dollars (about 26340 hryvnia). Battery capacity has increased to 3 330 mAh.

On the software side of things, the Sony Xperia XZ3 will ship with Android 9.0 Pie which is the latest version of Android.

It will be available in the United Kingdom from September (exact date TBC) for £699 SIM-free in black, red, green and white.


There is also a 13MP front camera for selfies. The camera app's UI has also been redesigned and made more intuitive.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 features a 6-inch Quad HD display. Sony usually equips its flagships with LCD panels, but this time around it went all-out on a handsome HDR-certified OLED, with the largest diagonal it's ever attempted on a top-shelf Xperia.

Sadly was no word on the also-rumoured Xperia XZ3 Compact.

The XZ3 has to make to do with a 3300mAh battery and also gets Qi standard wireless charging. The feature was a little fussy in the demo area at IFA, but after a few tries we got it working.

As such, you may want to hold off until next year to invest in a new Xperia phone. Already, we have numerous benchmarks, spec sheets, color options and all other details. Sony will hopefully release more info soon.

Sony is emphasizing the AI capabilities of the XZ3.

The XZ3 uses a 7000-series aluminum alloy, which Sony says will keep the phone lightweight while helping it resist stress and cracking. At the moment, there is no information regarding the Indian pricing and availability of the device.

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