Sony is updating its flagship smartphone lineup with two new models. The Sony Xperia Z3 is a 5.2 inch phone with a full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while the Xperia Z3 Compact is smaller model with a 4.6 inch, 720p display.

Both should be available starting this fall.

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Sony Xperia Z3

While many companies offer “compact” or “mini” versions of their phones with pared down specs, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact really do share the same basic DNA.

The smaller version has a smaller battery and lower resolution display, but most of the other specs are the same.

Both phones feature 20.7MP rear cameras, 2.2MP front-facing cameras, water and dust-proof cases, 16GB of storage, and microSD card slots that can support up to 128GB of removable storage.

Both feature WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, aGPS, and GLONASS support.

There are some differences between the phones. The Xperia Z3 has 3GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and a 3100mAh battery for up to 19 hours of talk time, while the Xperia Z3 Compact has 2GB of RAM, a 1280 x 720 pixel display, and a 2600mAH battery for up to 14 hours of talk time.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The Compact model is also a tad thicker at 8.64mm (0.34 inches) while the Xperia Z3 is 7.3mm (0.29 inches).

Oh yeah, there’s one more thing these two phones have in common. Along with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tablet, they’re the only devices that official support Sony’s new PlayStation 4 Remote Play feature.

Fire up a game on your PS4, hit the pause button, and you can continue playing on a phone or tablet connected to your home WiFi network. This lets you free up the TV so someone else can watch, or carry your game with you so you don’t have to stop playing during potty breaks.

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4 replies on “Sony unveils Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact smartphones”

  1. Looking forward to get that PS4 streaming app out of the Z3 and available for any Android device thanks to the Android scene.

  2. Snapdragon 802? Apparently that’s a chip designed for TVs but it was cancelled, do you perhaps mean an 801? The spec page suggests 801. After seeing the note 4 and this I have no regrets from buying a oneplus one a few days ago.

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