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Sony unveils flagship Xperia XZ3 at the IFA 2018 show

by on31 August 2018

First Sony's OLED smartphone coming in September

As expected and rumored earlier, Sony has unveiled its newest flagship at the IFA 2018 show in Berlin, the Xperia XZ3 with a six inch curved OLED screen and using the Snapdragon 845 SoC.

The biggest surprise with the Xperia XZ3 is Sony's switch to the OLED screen, and we are looking at a beautiful 2:1 2880x1440 resolution panel, which adds up to 537 ppi of pixel density. It comes with Sony's Triluminos and X-Reality technologies, as well as HDR support, all behind a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass.

Unlike most other smartphone makers, Sony decided not to go with the notch design, but instead, you get a pretty thick top and bottom bezel. The Xperia XZ3 measures at 158x73x9.9mm and weighs 193g, and actually has Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back, with a rather thin aluminum frame all around. The Xperia XZ3 is also IP65/68 rated.

The hardware is pretty much the same as on the Xperia XZ2, so you get Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card slot. The rest of the specifications include 801.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, rear-mounted fingerprint reader and all the other bells and whistles that you would expect on a flagship smartphone. It also comes with a 3,300mAh battery with Sony's Qnovo technology and fast charging.

Sony also used the same rear camera, so you are looking at a 19-megapixel f/2.0, 1.22µm Motion Eye camera, with PDAF and laser AF, as well as few new BIONZ processing algorithm improvements. The front camera got updated to a 13-megapixel f/1.9 unit with autofocus, which is pretty much what we saw on the Xperia XZ1.

Another novelty is the Side Sense, and as the name suggests, this is a gesture system for the curved edges of that OLED screen. It allows you to use the edge of the phone for shortcuts, gestures, shutter or to access the new Side Sense menu.

As expected, the Xperia XZ3 will be running on Android 9.0 Pie with Xperia launcher on top of it. There will be four color options, black, green, red and white silver.

According to details coming from the IFA 2018 show, the Xperia XZ3 will be available globally from the end of September with a price set at $899/£699.

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