IFA 2018: Sony Xperia XZ3 with Android Pie, wireless charging launched

Gerardo Harmon
August 31, 2018

The Xperia XZ3 will go on sale October 5 for £699 ($900), with pre-orders for the next-generation handset available from tomorrow, August 31.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 sports a 19-megapixel 1/ 2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with f/2.0 aperture, predictive hybrid autofocus, 960fps super slow motion video (FHD/HD), predictive capture (motion / smile), autofocus burst, x8 Digital Zoom (photo and video), HDR Photo, 4K HDR Movie recording, anti-distortion shutter, triple image-sensing technology, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stablisation), and Smart Launch that opens the camera when held horizontally.

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Moving on to the design, Sony is still sticking to the Ambient Flow design but it seems that they are introducing two new colour models which are called Bordeaux Red and Forest Green. At the back, you have a single camera module, the laser auto-focus and dual LED flash module, and a circular fingerprint scanner placed at the center.

Smartphones are becoming increasingly common devices to watch entertainment content on, with manufacturers under pressure to provide better quality displays as a result. It brings a QHD+ (2880x1440) resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio with slim bezels on the top and bottom. Powering the Xperia XZ3 is a Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for storage expandability via microSD card. It also has more curved glass in a body that looks very much like the XZ2.

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One difference between them though is the operating system, as while the Sony Xperia XZ2 now runs Android 8 Oreo, the Xperia XZ3 ships with the brand-new Android 9 Pie. Google recently announced the latest Android version and some phone have already been upgraded to it, but the XZ3 will be the first to come with the software preloaded from day 1.

As for the battery, the Sony Xperia XZ3 has a 3,330mAh one, which is just a tiny bit bigger than the 3,180mAh battery in the Sony Xperia XZ2. The Xperia XZ3 is also IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.

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The front camera is 13.2 MP and has a F1.9 lens, along with enhanced selfie capabilities, including touch ups and background bokeh.

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