The biggest problem with mobile device manufacturers speeding up flagship upgrading cycles is that, sooner or later, no matter how hard you try to “innovate” every six months, there’s simply nowhere left to go.
And once you reach the point of no upgrade, you either skip a chapter and go back to the one-year cycle, or go about it Sony’s way. The Japan-based OEM got stuck after producing the top-drawer Xperia Z2, yet for some reason, an Xperia Z3 that’s nothing but a rebranded, slightly redesigned Z2 is coming this fall.
Likely, in early September, at Berlin’s IFA tech expo, which would be roughly seven months on the heels of Z2’s first public appearance. None of this is confirmed yet, but multiple rock-solid sources have it on good authority it’s all true, and some have even outed proof.
As for the Z2/Z3 similarities, calling them striking would be the understatement of the century. As per data exposed by benchmarking authority GFX Bench, the two are virtually identical in every way that surpasses what meets the eye. Quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip, 3 GB RAM, 20.7 MP camera and all.
Even the screens are a perfect match, at 5.2 inches or so and Full HD resolution, and Sony couldn’t be bothered to flash the freshest flavor of KitKat on its “next-gen” spearhead. Granted, pre-loaded Android 4.4.2 is the least of Xperia Z3’s problems.
Via [GFX Bench]