Sony Xperia XZ3 now official with smaller bezels and 6-inch display

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Most of those leaks were spot on when it comes to the design of this smartphone, while benchmarks did reveal accurate specs as well.

Intensified by the pure black of an OLED display paired with the rich, life-like colours and the high contrast of HDR, Xperia XZ3 pushes entertainment to the limit for a truly elevated experience.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 feels focused entirely on the screen, a screen which - on paper at least - is a huge upgrade from the display on the Sony Xperia XZ2. The flagship phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. For shooting selfies, it is equipped with 13-megapixel front camera. A 3,300mAh battery is included in this handset, and it supports Qi charging, while it is not removable, in case you were wondering.

What do you think about the design, specifications and pricing of the Sony Xperia XZ3? Dimensions are 158 x 73 x 9.9 mm. For protecting the device against physical damage, the Xperia XZ3 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. One thing that became clear after handling the XZ3 in the demo area at IFA: the glass back of the new phone attracts fingerprints like nobody's business. The phone does sport bezels above and below the display, which are similar in size to those on the Xperia XZ3. Double-tap the side of your phone, and suggested apps appear in a panel. While the device continues to feature the dedicated shutter button, there is no 3.5mm audio jack. The other color options are black, white, and a luscious sea green.

The 19 megapixel camera is capable of recording 4K HDR videos and 960 frames per second slow motion. The feature was a little fussy in the demo area at IFA, but after a few tries we got it working. The company has also improved its camera interface, to make it cleaner, easier to use.

The new Xperia XZ3 has a bigger battery than its predecessor - 3,330mAh, compared to 3,180mAh on the Sony Xperia XZ2.

It also lets you take a photo without having to move your hand.

Next up is the display and this one's huge. The Xperia XZ3 comes with wireless charging support as well. An Australian launch will hopefully follow soon after. The front camera features SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization) and the camera unit on the rear also features these modes. Regular PIN and pattern unlock features are included here as well, while Android 9 Pie comes with the latest Android security patch pre-installed.

Sony is emphasizing the AI capabilities of the XZ3. Connectivity options include A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS), Wi-Fi Miracast, Bluetooth v5, Google Cast, NFC, and USB Type-C port. Both phones also have 64GB of storage and a microSD card slot. Sony usually equips its flagships with LCD panels, but this time around it went all-out on a handsome HDR-certified OLED, with the largest diagonal it's ever attempted on a top-shelf Xperia. Sony says pre-orders for the $899 phone start September 24.

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