Sony has unveiled an impressive lineup of phones at IFA, but the flagship Xperia Z3 is clearly the star of the show. It’s also a sizable device with a 5.2-inch display, but Sony doesn’t want to scare off any consumers who aren’t ready to make the leap to 5+ inches. That’s where the Xperia Z3 Compact comes in.
The key difference between the Xperia Z3 and the Z3 Compact is the display — the Z3 Compact features a 720p 4.6-inch screen. Other than that, it’s nearly identical to the flagship. Without compromising on specifications, Sony has built two variations on a single smartphone in order to cover all of its bases, and if the Compact is still to many smartphones for you, there’s always the Xperia E3.
The full press release follows below.
Sony sets a new standard for the flagship smartphone experience with Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact
3rd September 2014, IFA, Berlin – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces its new Xperia™ Z series flagship smartphones – Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 compact. Whether it’s with a brilliant 5.2” flagship smartphone or the compact 4.6” form factor, both premium smartphones combine all of the details that make Xperia smartphones great – including the highest level of waterproofing3, enhanced camera experiences and applications, up to two-day battery life, our best audio quality and PS4™ Remote play.
“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,” says Kunimasa Suzuki, President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “Consumers demand and deserve greatness from their smartphone – in design, camera and battery life. That’s precisely what we aim to deliver with Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, at the same time as delivering leading innovations such as unique Sony camera experiences and, for the first time, PS4 Remote Play in two beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphones.”
A fusion of engineering and design
Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Its 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminum frame and durable tempered glass panels showcase superior craftsmanship that is available in your choice of a new range of colors including white, black, copper or silver green. At just 152 grams with an easy-to-use interface and symmetrical design, it feels right at home in your hand.
For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Sony Xperia z3 compact rounded liquid reflection frame with tempered glass panels gives it an elegant, premium finish. Enjoy bold style with Xperia Z3 Compact’s unique color range including orange and green, in addition to the classic white and black.
Delivering the highest waterproof rating, both are fully waterproof so you can take your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact with you wherever you go – whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool.
Beautiful design is matched with powerful performance thanks to the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with 4G LTE modem for lightning fast browsing, immersive multimedia experiences, and stunning visuals.
The world’s best camera and camcorder in a smartphone
Capture the moments that matter in the highest quality with stunning detail – anytime, anywhere. Drawing on years of ability from Sony’s award-winning Cyber-shot™ and Handycam™ technologies, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact deliver superior image quality whether it’s in low-light, on the move or even underwater.
The 1/2.3” ExmorRS™ for mobile sensor and BIONZ™ for mobile processing engine work together to give you photos and videos in sharp and vivid detail. Plus, you can fit more into every shot with the new 25mm wide-angle Sony G Lens. If you’re capturing a photo of a stunning sunset, take advantage of the world’s first ISO 12800 sensitivity in a smartphone for better detail, even in low light.
New social camera apps and editing features will take your camera experience to the next level. Capture an event and your reaction to it at the same time with Face in. Add scribbles and animations to pictures with AR fun. Create a movie from your photos and videos with Movie creator. Record from multiple angles with up to three compatible Xperia devices filming at the same time with Multi-camera. Or add sound to a photo with Sound Photo.
All of these new camera apps are added to a wide range of popular Xperia camera apps accessible directly from your camera’s viewfinder, including Background defocus, Live on YouTube – by Xperia™ and Timeshift video.
Tune in with an audio powerhouse
The mobile music experience just got re-invented. Sony’s rich audio expertise comes through in every beat with incredible High-Resolution Audio, so you can hear every track just as the artist intended when using Hi-Res Audio headphones such as Sony’s new MDR-1A range.
To enjoy your favorite music without interruption, the Xperia Z3 series brings Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling technology to the smartphone. Ambient noise is reduced by up to 98% when paired with the MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling headset – perfect for that busy commute or tuning out the background in a noisy office.
The front-facing stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround™ play everything loud and crystal clear for those moments when you want to set your sounds free.
Unrivaled entertainment with the only smartphones with PS4™ Remote play
Sony has engineered a revolution in gaming technology with the addition of PS4™ Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 series. The only smartphones with PS4 Remote Play, you can now use your Sony Xperia Z3 or Sony Xperia Z3 compact as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PS4.
Additionally, the PlayStation®App lets you use your Sony Xperia Z3 or Sony Xperia Z3 compact as a second screen to remotely watch the gameplay of your friends, communicate with PSN™ friends, or purchase PS4 games and download to PS4.
Convenient connectivity and security
Switching to Sony has never been easier. Just open up the Xperia Transfer Mobile app and a few simple actions later, all of your existing music, photos, contacts and more from your old Android, iOS or Windows smartphone will be ready and waiting for you on your new Xperia.
With NFC compatibility it’s even easier to connect devices and share with more than 160 Sony One-touch enabled products – such as headphones, TVs and SmartWear including the new SmartBand Talk SWR30.