Sony Xperia XZ3: All you need to know

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Sony just can't stop releasing flagship phones.

In the meantime though, looking at the Xperia XZ3 and having not tried it in person yet, we'd have to say that there isn't a substantial upgrade here compared to the previous model.

You won't be able to tell much difference between the Sony Xperia XZ3 and the Xperia XZ2 from a brief glance, but as Sony somewhat refreshed the design for the XZ2 we wouldn't really expect much to change visually less than a year later. The XZ3 sits comfortably in the hand, courtesy of an extended 18:9 screen framed around a near bezel-less body. The Xperia XZ3 measures 158 x 73 x 9.9mm, while it weighs 193 grams.

The Xperia XZ3's front-facing speakers feature S-Force Front Surround with even more volume in high clarity. On the rear, we can also spot a circular fingerprint sensor.

It, however, omits the headphone jack. The Ash Pink seems to be the colour reserved for the Xperia XZ2.

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The biggest surprise with the Xperia XZ3 is Sony's switch to the OLED screen, and we are looking at a attractive 6-inch 2:1 2880x1440 resolution panel, which adds up to 537 ppi of pixel density. The display also brings with itself Sony's tweakings such as TRILUMINOS and X-REALITY.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium has a 5.8-inch LCD display with a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), resulting in a pixel density of 760ppi. The amount of built-in storage is 64 GB expandable.

Under the hood is what is expected of a 2018 top range phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB internal memory. Other than that, the Xperia XZ3 is also equipped with a slightly larger battery at 3330mAh. The XZ3 does offer a 20 per cent increase in loudness over the XZ2 however. As far as cameras are concerned, Sony Xperia XZ3 features a 19MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, f/2.0 aperture and the capability to shoot 960fps super slow motion videos in FHD and HD. The main 19-megapixel Motion Eye main camera now offers a new streamlined interface that lets you switch between photo and video more easily. Hopefully, this will put it at par with dual cameras. 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.

There's another new AI feature called "smart launch" too, which automatically opens the camera app if the phone thinks you're about to want to take a picture.

Sony has confirmed that the Xperia XZ3 will go on sale on 5 October.

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