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Sony refreshes Xperia line with Z3, Z3 compact, Z3 tablet compact

updated 11:46 am EDT, Wed September 3, 2014

New line all Playstation 4 remote compatible, waterproofed

Sony Mobile Communications today introduced its new Xperia Z series flagship smartphones -- the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The former is a 5.2-inch phone, and the latter a 4.6-incher, but both come with similar internals. The company claims that both are waterproofed, have "enhanced camera experiences and applications," and have an up to two-day battery life. Also debuted was the Xperia Z3 Tablet compact, the only tablet with PlayStation 4 Remote Play.

Both Android 4.4-based phones are driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor at 2.5Ghz, coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU. The rear-shooting camera on both models is a 20.7MP with 8x digital zoom, and an ISO of 3200. The front-shooter is a 2.2MP device, intended for teleconferencing and other communications.

The Z3 has a 5.1-inch screen running at 1920x1080. The Z3 mini has a 4.6-inch screen, with 1280x720 resolution. Storage on both are up to 16GB of flash memory, with up to 128GB addable though an SDXC card. The processor is supplemented by 3GB of RAM.

The battery on the Z3 is a 3100mAh cell, with talk time of up to 19 hours. The company claims that standby time is up to 740 hours, with video playback of up to 10 hours. The Z3 mini has a 2600mAh battery, with up to 14 hours of talk and 920 hours of standby time.

Connectivity is through 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Nearly all global networks are supported by the phone, but may be limited by carrier.

The Z3 Tablet Compact is a eight-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display, fully waterproofed up to eight feet. Internals are very similar to the Z3 phones, with the same processor, RAM, and storage options. The rear camera on the tablet is 8.1MP with Exmor RS, and the same 2.2MP front shooter.

With PS4 Remote Play, exclusive to the Z3 Xperia line, users can now use the devices as a remote screen to connect to and control games on the PlayStation 4. Compatible mobile devices need to be connected to the PS4 through home Wi-Fi. The Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller is paired with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to continue playing games anywhere at home on any of the Xperia Z3 devices.



Z3 Compact tablet
Z3 Compact tablet


GCM-10 Game Mount
GCM-10 Game Mount




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