Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact to be released in Asia soon before US launch
After unveiling the product line during the 2014 IFA tradeshow in Berlin earlier this month, Sony is expected to launch its Z3 line of mobile devices in Asia early in October.
Though the specific dates were not yet revealed, CNet allegedly revealed that Sony's long-awaited flagship mobile product Z3, the budget-friendly Z3 Compact, as well as the other members of the Z3 line including the Z3 Tablet Compact, will be released in the Asian region first before reaching US shores.
According to reports, Singapore will get the first dibs on the new Sony Xperia phone on Oct. 4, and it will be sold for S$998 ($798). On the other hand, the Xperia Z3 Compact will be sold at a more affordable price of S$798 ($638) on the same date.
Meanwhile, fans of Sony mobile phones in the US will have a chance to get a hold of the Z3 via different network carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon, which will call it the Xperia Z3v. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will be sold in the US market unlocked.
Sony Xperia Z3 will come with a Qualcomm MSM897AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. Its sensors include an accelerometer, gyro, compass, proximity, and barometer, and will run using the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS.
It will also have an impressive 5.2-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1080 x 1920 pixels. The smartphone will also have a Triluminos shatter proof glass display with X-Reality engine. It will also have one of the best smartphone cameras, with a 20.7 MP primary camera with LED flash and autofocus function as well as a 2.2 MP secondary camera.
Both Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact mobile phones have waterproof features, which means that users can take their devices up to 1.5 meter deep without worrying about wrecking the phone.