Sony is unlikely to stand idly by while Samsung receives all the praise and makes all the headlines next month at Berlin’s IFA electronics trade show. In fact, the Xperia creators could actually end up stealing Samsung’s thunder if the Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet all materialize — and if the next-gen flagship smartphone doesn’t settle for cloning Z2’s hardware and accommodating it into a slightly redesigned framework.
The rumors are conflicting on that subject, with word from new “insiders” that the Z3 may at the very least swap the old Snapdragon 801 processor for a beefier S805.
Whatever the big guy’s internals, its formal introduction is right around the corner, given Sony has already obtained regulatory approvals in numerous international markets, Russia included. The Russian FCC-equivalent gave the stamp of approval to the Z3 at the same time as it green-lighted the Z3 Compact, suggesting both handhelds will be on display in Germany’s capital in early September.
Going by D6633/D6603 and D5803 model numbers respectively, the two should measure around 5.2 and 4.6 inches respectively. The Z3 Compact is tipped to take Z1 Compact’s state-of-the-art hardware to new heights, boosting screen resolution to Full HD, RAM to 3 GB (!!!), and processing power to Snapdragon 801 or 805.
Pictured several times before, one of the two showcases its (side) curves again, in an image gallery labeled Xperia Z3, but likely starring the diminutive variation. Whichever it is, the Android looks slender, sharp and bad-ass. Bring them on, Sony, we’re ready.