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Sony Xperia Z3 Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Full Specs, Key Improvements and Features

The exquisite and luxurious mobile imaging powerhouse Sony Xperia Z3 builds upon the all the strengths of its best-selling predecessors - Sony Xperia Z, Z1, and Z2 - and brings the flagship smartphone line of the legendary Japanese company to a higher level.

Sony Xperia Z3

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 [...] at the same time as delivering leading innovations such as unique Sony camera experiences and, for the first time, PS4 Remote Play in a beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphone," shared Mr. Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications.

Sony Xperia Z3

Although - at first glance - Sony Xperia Z3 may look largely similar to the handset it superseded, the SXZ2, the new release is actually superior - even if a bit - in terms of design, internal specifications, water-proofing technology, imaging capabilities, gaming enhancements, and even battery life.

Sony Xperia Z3

Design - Just like Sony Xperia Z2, SXZ3 features an OmniBalance design identity highlighted by scratch-resistant tempered glass front and back panels and real metal frame. The main difference between the two is that, whereas Z2 has chamfered edges, Z3 has rounded sides.

Sony Xperia Z3

According to Sony, "the Xperia Z3 [which is thinner, lighter, and has a smaller footprint than the Z2 despite having the exact same screen size] blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Its 7.3 mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels showcases 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."

Sony Xperia Z3

IP68 Certified Dust and Water Proof - Having such ingress protection marking means that SXZ3 is submersible up to 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) for 30 minutes in water and impervious to dust and micro-particles. In comparison, Z2 only has IP58 certification for preventing entry of water when submerged 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. You can use either phones to make calls under the rain but Z3 is supposedly more equipped to take videos underwater -- as suggested by Sony's promotional video for the smartphone.

Sony Xperia Z3

Subtle But Important Camera Enhancements - SXZ3 and SXZ2 both have a 20.7 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 1/2.3” ExmorRS mobile sensor and BIONZ mobile processing engine -- but the one on Sony Xperia Z3 has the new 25mm wide-angle G Lens - allowing you to fit more of the subject into every shot - and the world’s first ISO 12800 sensitivity in a smartphone delivering vastly improved low light performance.

Fresh Camera Add-Ons - Quoting Sony, "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 (shown in the first photo of this post). 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."

Sony Xperia Z3

Less Shaky Videos - The Japanese company's improved SteadyShot technology with Intelligent Active Mode for video recording "compensates for your movements, analysing dozens of backwards and forward frames, to predict your next steps and make panning smoother and images more stable." You can also record clips using SXZ3 in ultra-clear 4K resolution at four times Full HD.

Sony Xperia Z3

Next-Level Triluminos - Sony Xperia Z3 flaunts a next-generation 5.2 inch Full HD Triluminos display with Live Colour LED technology, X-Reality for Mobile and Intuitive Contrast Enhancement delivering sharp, bright, and vivid colors and details even under direct sunlight.

Sony Xperia Z3

Front-Facing Speakers and Noise-Cancellation Technology - When using the loud speaker, you can enjoy the benefits of the S-Force Front Surround by Sony, which plays audio files with crystal clear quality towards the person looking at the phone's display. And when you have your headphones on, there's Noise Cancelling technology that reduces ambient noise by up to 98% when paired with supported headsets – giving you an enjoyable music listening experience even when you're in a busy commute.

Longer Battery Life - Despite having a slightly smaller battery pack compared to SXZ2, Sony Xperia Z3 - according to the company - is capable of giving you up to 2 days of uptime with mixed usage (that's supposedly longer than what Z2 can deliver when running similar apps and functionality). And you can get even longer battery life by turning on Sony’s STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them.

Sony Xperia Z3
All New Accessories! You can pair Sony Xperia Z3 with the Japanese Giant's completely redesigned IP68-certified Smartwatch 3, which runs Google's Android Wear operating system and comes with a slew of interesting features like a standalone music player, Lifelog health app, and swappable straps.

Sony Xperia Z3
PS4 Remote Play enabled, Sony Xperia Z3 can be used as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on the best-selling Sony PlayStation 4. Connect the handset to your PS4 via home WiFi and use the DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to play games anywhere at home, even away from the TV.

When will Sony Xperia Z3 be available in the Philippines and how much will it cost? According to our "trusted sources", the flagship smartphone should land here either by the end of September 2014 or within the first half of October 2014. (If you ask me, though, I don't think it will be out locally until the first or second week of November; But that's just me.) As for its suggested retail price, I'm guessing it will be more or less the same as that of Sony Xperia Z2 upon launch last June, which sold for Php 33,990.

Update as of October 14, 2014 - Sony Xperia Z3 has just been formally announced in the Philippines via an exclusive media event held at Century City Mall in Makati City. The official SRP of the handset is Php 36,990 and it should store shelves nationwide within the last week of October 2014.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Sony Xperia Z3
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
Weight 152 grams
Available Colors Black, White, Copper, Silver Green
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Display 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, Triluminos, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, X-Reality for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos, Shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass, Smart White Balance and Contrast
Processor Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset
RAM 3 GB RAM
Internal Storage 16 GB (32 GB option in some territories), expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 64 GB
Camera Main: 20.7 MegaPixels, autofocus, LED flash, BSI Sensor, 1/2.3'' sensor size, 25mm wide-angle G Lens, ISO 12800 sensitivity
Features: Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Image Stabilization, HDR, Panorama
Front: 2.2 MegaPixels, BSI Sensor
Video Capture 2160p 30 frames per second, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps frames per second for main camera, video stabilization, Full HD 1080p for front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, MP3, eAAC+, WAV, Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, ANT+, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
Uptime Up to 890 Hours of Standby, 130 hours of Music Play, 16 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Triluminos Display with Live Colour LED and X-Reality, Big Battery, X-Reality for mobile, PS4 Remote Play, S-Force Front Surround, Top-notch Imaging Capabilities, IP65 and IP68 Certified Dust and Water-Resistant
Announcement September 3, 2014 - IFA 2014 in Berlin
Philippines: October 14, 2014 ~ Century City Mall, Makati City
Availability TP Guesstimate: October 2014
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 33,990
Official SRP: Php 36,990

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