Sony's Xperia XZ Series of High-End Smartphones was redesigned earlier this year in the form of XZ2, XZ2 Premium and XZ2 Compact, with the 5.7-inch XZ2 that received a muted welcome in the ZDNet's review. Today, at the IFA show in Berlin, Sony announced the similar 6.0-inch XZ3 which, among other things, has the first OLED screen seen on an Xperia handset.
Here is a comparison of the new OLED screen XZ3 and XZ2:
|Sony Xperia XZ3||Sony Xperia XZ2|
|Display|| 6.0-inch OLED, 1
||5.7-inch IPS LCD, 18: 9, 1080 x 2160, 424ppi, HDR|
|Dimensions||158 x 73 x 9.9 mm||153 x 72 x 11, 1mm|
|Display / Body Condition||80.5%||76.1%|
|IP Classification||IP 65/68||IP 65/68|
|Colors||Forest Green, Black, Bordeaux Red||Fluorescent Black, Deep Green / Blue|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie)||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Internal Storage||64GB  64GB|
|MicroSD Card Slot|
|yes||yes (shared with other SIM cards)|
|Rear camera  19MP, f / 2.0, HDR images, 960fps video (FHD, HD), 4K HDR video, 5-axis EIS||19MP, f / 2.0, HDR images, 960fps video (FHD, HD), 4K HDR Video, 5-Axis EIS|
|Loudspeakers||Stereo (S-Force Front Surround)||Stereo (S-Force Front Surround)|
|3 , 5 mm audio connector||no||no|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes]||Yes (Back)|
|Battery Capacity||3.330 mAh||3.180mAh|
|Quick Charging||Quick Charging 3.0||Quick Charge 3.0|
|Price||TBA||£ 699 / $ 799|
Like its predecessor, Xperia XZ3 emphasizes entertainment features, with a 6-inch OLED HDR display as key upgrade. The 18: 9 format remains the same, but resolution rises to 2,880 at 1,440, resulting in an impressive pixel density of 537ppi (the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED in Samsung Note 9, on the other hand, offers 516ppi). OLED displays generally provide brighter images with more vibrant colors than the IPS LCDs that Sony has used on the previous Xperia handset.
The screen glass curves on the pages give an almost limitless display and a ratio of screen and body of 80.5 percent compared to 76.1 percent for XZ2. Despite the larger screen, Sony has managed to shave 1.2 mm of thickness and 5 g of weight while a new Side Sense feature allows you to double-click each side of the display to get an AI-generated menu of apps
The rear is also glass and houses a fingerprint reader and 19MP main camera which, like XZ2, is capable of shooting 4K HDR video and has a super slow-mo mode with a 960fps frame rate. The front camera is upgraded from 5MP in XZ2 to 13MP for the new model. If you shoot in challenging conditions, you can be assured of the XZ3's IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Smartphone platform is unchanged – a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card. However, XZ3 comes with the latest Android 9.0 (Pie) operating system. The XZ3 battery is a bit bigger than its predecessor is at 3,300mAh, but it has to handle a larger screen. There is also significantly less capacity than the 4000mAh batteries in flagship handles like Samsung Note 9.
The Xperia XZ3 will be available in selected markets globally from the end of September.