Refreshing your flagship smartphone every six months is a bold move in the current climate (Apple, Samsung, HTC et al tend to opt for annual updates), but Sony is seemingly sticking to its biannual guns.
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z2 is still relatively fresh from the oven, but it’s set to be succeeded by the inevitable Xperia Z3. On the plus side (for Z2 owners), it sounds like much the same phone.
Sony Xperia Z3 specs supposedly include (stop me if this sounds familiar) a 5.2in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, a 20.7MP rear camera, and 2MP front shooter.
The only difference there is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 is clocked slightly higher on the Sony Xperia Z3, specifically 2.5GHz compared to 2.3GHz on the Xperia Z2.
Unsurprisingly, the Sony Xperia Z3 is very slightly smaller than the Xperia Z2, in terms of height (146.5mm vs. 146.8mm), width (72.4mm vs. 73.3mm), thickness (7.35mm vs. 8.2mm), and weight (158.4g vs. 163g).
You have to wonder if it’s worth all the work and cost to churn out a “new” handset that’s essentially the same as the old one. This thing could've potentially rocked a QHD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, but presumably Sony knows what it’s doing. Or not.
Full story at IFA 2014 next month. Sony is tipped to host its keynote on September 3, same day as Samsung. Er, good luck with that.