IFA 2014: Sony Xperia Z3 is leaner, meaner and plays with your PS4

The Sony Xperia Z3 has actually been formally unveiled at IFA 2014, and it sees the Japanese company launch its fourth flagship smartphone in less than 2 years.

Eyebrows were raised when Sony announced the Xperia Z1 in the very same year as the Xperia Z, then swiftly followed it with the Xperia Z2 5 months later, however it continues to be figured out to attack the two vital item cycles in a year.

The Sony Xperia Z3 is more version than innovation, with Sony fine tuning the Z2 from earlier this year to produce a leaner, meaner handset.

Sony’s Omnibalance design persists on the Xperia Z3, but it’s been slimmed down and rounded to a rather attractive 7.3 mm (Xperia Z2 is 8.2 mm) frame.

The Xperia Z3 is not really quite as broad or tall as its predecessor either, with the handset determining 146 x 72mm. It still sports a 5.2-inch full HD display meanings it’s the bezels that have actually been reduced in size.

Something for your eyes

It’s a little disappointing not to see a QHD resolution display, however while the screen could appear the same as the Z2 on paper, Sony has done a lot of work behind the scenes.

The screen on the Xperia Z3 boasts Sony’s brightest Triluminos display, offering it far more punch over previous Z flagships and making it easier to see in direct sunshine.

Under the hood you’ll find an effective 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU, guaranteeing there’s enough power to run even the most requiring apps and games.

Sony’s 20.7 MP cam continues to be on the back of the Xperia Z3 with the capability to shoot 4K video, but it showcases a brand-new 25mm wide-angle Sony G lens enabling you to fit more into each shot.

There are flaps covering the nanoSIM and microSD slots (which supports cards up to 128GB in size) on the side of the handset and that can imply only one thing – the Xperia Z3 is water and dust resistant with an IP68 certification.

Sony Xperia Z3

Time to play

Another key function on the Sony Xperia Z3 (and Z3 Compact) is support for PS4 Remote Play, enabling you to utilize your smartphone as a controller.

You can even stream your game to your smartphone if the TELEVISION is in use, and use a Dualshock 4 controller to play the video game from your handset.

There’s a separate mount readily available to purchase to clip your smartphone to your Playstation controller to make the video gaming experience easier.

In regards to a Sony Xperia Z3 release date the handset is because of strike shops in fall 2014.