Sony unveils Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphones featuring PlayStation 4 Remote Play
Sony has unveiled its new flagship smartphones, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, at IFA today. The devices are said to support PS4 Remote Play, so they will be able to stream and play PlayStation 4 games away from your console.
“At Sony Mobile, ‘flagship’ now means offering a choice to consumers of enjoying a large screen Xperia Z3 for immersive entertainment or a more compact, lighter Xperia Z3 Compact that doesn’t ask you to compromise on features,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications at today’s launch.
The Xperia Z3 sports a 7.3mm rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD 1920x1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP main camera and a 2.2MP front shooter, a 3100mAh battery and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It weighs in at 152g and will have up to 16GB built-in storage expandable via microSD card to up to 128GB.
As seen with the Z2 Compact, the Z3 Compact does not compromise on performance. However it has increased the display space from Z2’s 4.3-inch up to 4.6-inches. Weighing in at 129g, it will come mostly with the same feature as the Xperia Z3, besides a downgraded 720p display, 2GB of RAM, and a slightly smaller 2600mAh battery, proportionate to its size.
Both handsets have the highest waterproof rating (IP65/68) and a main shooter paired with a 1/2.3 Exmor RS for mobile image sensor and new 25mm G Lens. Sony claims that the Z3 and Z3 Compact are the world’s first smartphones with ISO 12800 sensitivity for great photos, even in low light, which is a huge improvement from their predecessors. The devices are also capable of making 4K videos.
The massive battery, combined with the firm’s power-saving technologies including a new Stamina mode, could see the device run for up to two days between charges. Sony has also given the Z3 a downgrade in resolution, which contributes to saving power on the handset, as it believes that consumers will value better battery stamina more over a super high-res screen, and we do agree with that, sometimes that high PPI figures seem to be just for bragging rights.
The devices are also touted to be the first smartphones with PS4 Remote Play function, according to The Verge. It will work as long as the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the console. Besides the Z3 and Z3 Compact, the feature will also become available on the Z3 Tablet Compact, and Sony states that it has “no intention to bring it to anything other than Xperia devices.”
Both smartphones will be launched globally from autumn 2014, where the Xperia Z3 will be available in white, black, copper and silver green colour options, whilst the Z3 compact will come in white, black, orange and green.
Xperia E3 budget smartphone
Along with the flagships, Sony has also revealed the budget Xperia E3 device, which is set to become the lowest-priced Sony 4G phone on the market.
The Xperia E3 will have a 4.5-inch QHD display, a 5MP main shooter, a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU and a 2,330mAh battery. Whilst being a budget model with rather large bezels it still offers distinctive Sony design.