Sony announce Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, E3, Z3 Tablet Compact, Smartwatch 3, Smartband Talk


Ahead of this years IFA, some companies are being nice and cheeky and letting us check out the tech even before hand, another one of those is Sony, who’s announced pretty much everything you can fit an Xperia and a 3 in, from the expected flagship Z3, to it’s many friends, let’s have a lot at them shall we!

Xperia Z3

You can call it a bad decision or a good one, as to Sony’s strategy of releasing a new flagship every 6 months, regardless it’s something they’re keeping up, as the Z2 passes the just half a year old mark, here’s it’s successor, the Z3.

Being just 6 months following the Z2, the improvements are definitely on the limited side, so users who may have just purchased a Z2, or even feel cheated Sony release phones this quickly can stop worrying on that regard, the Z3 basically builds on what was already there!

The device is even more water proof, with better IP65/68 dust and water resistance up to even deeper and longer in water, and the device itself just generally just more polished and refined. The display is brighter, and the Camera is what Sony says is the first Smartphone with ISO 12800 sensitivity for even better low light photography.

OK. It’s not that we’re not impressed with the Z3, but we’re going to do something we don’t normally do. We’re going to in this instance to show you the impact of just 6 month device time-frame, the specs for the Z3, let’s just review them shall we;

  • 2.4Ghz Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 Quad Core with Adreno 330
  • 5.1inch 1080p display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20.7MP Camera + 2MP Front
  • 4K Video Capture with Stabilisation
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • etc etc etc

If it didn’t become clear, the Z3 has more or less identical specifications to the Z2, in fact minus the jump in 100Mhz in an 801, their are no noticeable spec changes, so let that be enough clarification that Z2 owners, you’ve been far from cheated, but for those who waited, a more refined package with tiny niggles fixed is what you’re looking at right here.

The problem we have with the Z3 is unfortunately Sonys decision to release flagships every 6 months, it’s really showing on the Z3, to the point at which we’d recommend getting a Z2 just because it’ll be less money, but time will obviously tell how the device is received.

Xperia Z3 Compact

Xperia Z3 Compact

The Xperia Z1 Compact was by far one of our favourite Sony devices from the last year or so, a mini Smartphone with everything it’s bigger brother could promise, and that’s exactly what Sony have done with this, the Z3 Compact … who needed a Z2 Compact anyway right?!

Despite the skip in name, the Z3 Compact looks easily set to replace it’s predecessor right up there as our favourite Sony Smartphone all over again, but at the same time it once again highlights something we simply can’t understand, which we’ll get to right now.

Large display rant.

Why are all Smartphones at the high end large? Whether it’s Android or Windows Phone, you’ve to breach the 5 inch barrier before you can enjoy top specs on a Smartphone, which is just crazy when we live in a world packing more stuff in to smaller packages, yet here we are again making phones super large again?

The solution for the larger screen complain was of course “Mini” phones, but let’s be fair, whether it’s the Galaxy S5 Mini, HTC One Mini 2, to all the rest, they just don’t pack half of what the devices their based on do, which is annoying as that’s exactly what the consumer wanted! Cue, Sony, the saviour for Android fans wanting a smaller device, with everything underneath, thank you Sony! …rant over.

Back to the Z3 Compact

Whilst the display does actually see a moderate increase to 4.6 inch, the Xperia Z3 Compact is everything the Z1 Compact did right, energised to the next level! You’ve Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8 specifications on a 4.6 inch, easy to hold and use in one hand, Smartphone, hallelujah!

The display remains at 720p, which remains it’s lowest specification, but let’s be fair, that’s way over 300PPI, and take it from us, the Z1 Compact was just as visibly sharp as the high end guys, so we can practically guaranteed it’ll continue to look just as sharp as the Z1 Compact did.

The same Camera improvements, and water improvements announced for the Z3 are in the Z3 Compact too, as we should expect, and the device will launch alongside the Z3 in green, black, white and red.

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 Quad Core with Adreno 330
  • 4.6inch 720p display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20.7 MP Camera + 2MP Front
  • 4K Video Capture with Stabilisation
  • 16GB Storage
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • 4G LTE
  • Water and Dust Resistance (IP68)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Xperia E3

Whilst Sony’s new devices supporting the “Z3” name are likely the ones everyone was waiting for, Sony did also announced a new budget phone, the Xperia E3. Not to be mistaken for the gaming trade show, the E3 is definitely a Smartphone for the basics and one that just gets the job done, but whilst retaining that rather premium feel Sony have on their devices.

Information is kind of sparse on the E3, other than specifications and image, but it will be interesting to see how much Sony prices this device, as it’s definitely tough competition for devices such as Motorola’s Moto G, and the Nokia Lumia 630.

  • 1.2GHz SnapDragon 400 Quad Core
  • 4.5 inch 854 x 480 LCD Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP Camera + VGA Front
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • A more than capable 2330mAh Battery

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony sure know how to impress with names don’t they … regardless, this is the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The Compact name obviously referring to how most of Sony’s tablets are 10 inch, the Compact is 8 inch, which has been the perfect sweet spot on Android Tablets as of late.

The device continues on what Sony do with tablets, the same general design, as well as more or less the same specifications as the Z2 Tablet, but obviously in a much more convenient package. But, that’s certainly not a bad thing, you’ve dual front firing speakers, an even bigger rarity than it already is in Smartphones, with digital noise cancelling and Front Surround Audio, that enough sells the tablet to us.

Sony also claim, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the lightest tablet currently available … that’s waterproof … yeah, that claim is much less impressive when you add the end to it, but that’s how it is. Still, 270grams is still very light for a tablet and sure to make the device pleasing to hold in the hand.

  • 2.5GHz SnapDragon 801 Quad Core with Adreno 330
  • 8 inch 1080p TRILUMINOS display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • 8.1MP Camera + 2MP Front
  • 4G LTE Option Available
  • IP65/68 Rating
  • Weighs just 270 grams
  • 4,500mAh Battery with 10 hours multimedia usage, supports Quick Charge Technology

SmartWatch 3

If you were sat thinking, when will Sony join the Android Wear program and just release a Smart Watch running it, well, they just did with the SmartWatch 3. No one was really expecting Sony to announce an Android Wear device, after all they weren’t part of the manufacturers listed at I/O, but we’re pleasantly surprised to see them join the program, as the SmartWatch 3 is far from a bad watch.

Whilst everyone seems to want the Moto 360 and it’s rounded glory, I think people should wait until IFA has finished before people make quick assumptions that that’s going to be the definite better watch if this Sony is anything to go by! Yes, it’s square instead of circular, but this is the thing, the reason people don’t like the Gear Live or G Watch isn’t because they’re square, it’s because they look terrible, whereas the Sony SmartWatch 3 brings a sense of sleek to Android Wear.

The SmartWatch 3 is also the first Android Wear Smart Watch to feature GPS, whilst Samsung has GPS capable SmartWatches, they run Tizen, so it’ll be interesting to see what Sony, or other manufactures can do with that GPS chip.

Like more or less all Android Wear devices, the Sony SmartWatch 3 shares a very similar specification list, so it’ll be interesting how Sony markets this device as it certainly looks the part.

  • 1.6inch 2 x 2 Display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • NFC
  • 4GB Storage
  • GPS
  • IP68 Waterproofing
  • 420mAh, expected to deliver 2 days use

Smartband Talk

Even we didn’t notice Sony announce a SmartBand last year, and as far as reviews are concerned, we, and likely you, missed nothing special, but has that stopped Sony from trying again, absolutely not, and here’s take two, the Sony SmartBand Talk.

The device itself is very similar to Samsung’s Gear Fit, but instead of using an AMOLED, or even a general display, Sony have opted for an e-Paper display, as let’s be honest, a fitness device is just that, for fitness.

The device can also handle calls and control your phone with your voice, should you desire, as well as handle notifications, so basic functions of a Smart Watch built in to a Smart Band. Sony also plan to open APIs for the SmartBand Talk to help developers improve the device, which unlike the Gear Fit, is firmly focused on being just a fitness device.

Specifications of the SmartBand Talk are so little it hardly seems worth the bullets, you’ve a 288 x 128 display, 3 days of battery life as well as Sony’s usual waterproofing and NFC/Bluetooth connectivity.

GCM10 Game Controller Mount

Sony recently have built in Playstation functionality in to their phones ever since the original Playstation Phone, the Xperia Play, but it’s never been, since the Xperia Play, possible to enjoy the incredible Playstation content on your Sony device truly with that PlayStation feel … until now with the GCM10 Game Controller Mount, otherwise known as a Playstation Controller for your Smartphone/Tablet!

Ok, it is just a PS4 controller attached to a dock, but it’s finally natively possible to use a Sony PS4 Controller with all functionality and added PS4 extras, on your Sony Smartphone/Tablet, which is something that’s definitely going be awesome for all those new Sony Smartphone/Tablets!

… Yeah, it’s very listing compatibility, which possibly kills this accessory for us. Not only does it only work with Sony smartphone/tablet, but it’s only the ones featured on this very page;

Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact,, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

But, should you be thinking of any of these devices, to complete your Playstation gaming needs, well, it be rude not to.

Published by R-Tech

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