Sony Unveils Xperia XZ3 With Butt Notch, OLED Display, Android Pie

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. It has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels for a pixel density of 423ppi and it is HDR compatible, while also offering Sony's X-Reality technology. Which can be expanded via micro SD, provided you decide to forgo the second SIM slot.

Both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 come with Sony's 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera on the rear. There are the Laser-assist autofocus and an LED flash, followed by the fingerprint scanner at the center of the back. For selfies, there is a 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture.

Unfortunately it's not supporting 5G, despite Sony talking up the potential that such a broadband standard would allow for real-time solutions during its IFA 2018 presentation. The device also gets IP65/68 certification for dust and water resistance.

It is important to note that the Xperia XZ3 has become the first smartphone with preloaded out of the box new Android operating system 9.0 Pie. It will be available in Black, White Silver, Forest Green, and Bordeaux Red colour options, however colour options may vary depending upon region.

Complementing the 19MP main camera is a best-in-class 13MP front camera that lets you capture lovely and improved portrait selfies with beauty and bokeh effects for creative shots. The camera app's UI has also been redesigned and made more intuitive. While the OLED panel would ensure better colours and contrasts, Sony has also given the XZ3 curved edges, similar to Samsung's Galaxy S9. "However, it is slightly larger to accommodate its 6" OLED display, which has gone from Full HD to QHD and is HDR compatible, as well as its larger 3330mAh battery.

The smartphone packs a 3,330mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, and Smart Stamina mode. An Australian launch will hopefully follow soon after. There's also 64GB of storage, which is now a bare minimum for a high-end smartphone. You will have to splash out $899.99 in order to get the Xperia XZ3, though.

Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de has been pretty spot on when it comes to smartphone leaks and we expect the latest renders and specs details of the Xperia XZ3 to be accurate as well. At the moment, there is no information regarding the Indian pricing and availability of the device.

  • Arturo Norris