SONY REPORTEDLY will announce the rumoured Xperia Z3 smartphone later this year, with the device having fallen victim to its first online leak.
While the Xperia Z2 debuted just months ago at February's Mobile World Congress, its successor, the Xperia Z3, has appeared in its first leaked images online - and has been sized-up next to Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
Xperia Blog got its hands on the images, which reveals that it will feature the same boxy design as the Xperia X2, although its edges appear to be somewhat more rounded.
The leak also reveals that the handset will have a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, along with an Adreno 330 graphics chip and Google's Android 4.4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system. The leak also reveals the handset's 20.7MP Exmore RS camera sensor, which means if these images are legitimate, that the Xperia Z3 won't likely have much of an upgrade in specifications.
While there is no word on the handset's screen size, a second post at the Xperia Blog shows the Xperia Z3 compared against the Galaxy Note 3.
While Samsung's phablet is noticeably wider, the Xperia Z3 seems to have a similar size screen, suggesting that it could have a 5.7in display, much larger than the 5.2in screen found on the Xperia Z2. Further speculation has suggested that the Xperia Z3's screen might feature QHD resolution, with Sony looking to challenge the LG G3.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to debut at this year's IFA technology expo in September, with a release expected before Christmas.
Sony has yet to comment on the speculation. µ
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