Sony's next generation of flagship handsets are here. Read on to find out why the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are each an Android force to be reckoned with...

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How do you go about improving on some of the best flagship Android devices on the market? That’s a question Sony Mobile has faced when it comes to superseding the stellar Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 Compact. The good news, though, is that with the new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, the mobile giant has managed to step up to the task in a big way.


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Both devices have just been unveiled in front of a packed crowd at the IFA tech expo in Berlin, and they’ll both be coming to Vodafone UK very soon. We’ve got all the details on what makes each one tick, so read on for everything you need to know…

Xperia Z3 from Sony



Let’s start on the outside: Sony has ensured that Xperia Z3 can take whatever life throws at it by encasing it in a completely waterproof shell. But despite this, and even with its big 5.2-inch 1080p HD TRILUMINOS display, the phone is only 7.3mm thick and weighs only 152g.

“Sony has imbued Xperia Z3 with a massive 3100mAh battery, which it says will give it two days of power.”

That thin and light design is especially impressive when you consider that the battery is enormous. Sony has imbued Xperia Z3 with a massive 3100mAh battery, which it says will give it two days of power. Nestled next to that battery is a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM, which makes it one of the most powerful smartphones ever made, and means it’ll run everything you decide to throw at it – from apps, to games, to streaming – without fuss.

Round the back, the Xperia Z3 sports Sony’s brilliant, tried and tested 20.7-Megapixel camera sensor, with an improved Intelligent Active Mode that means you’ll get great shots in all kinds of conditions – even in low light. It also shoots video in 4K, which means your home movies will have unrivalled clarity when you watch them on the big screen.

Xperia Z3 Compact from Sony

Xperia Z3 Compact is small in size, but not in terms of raw power. In fact, it retains almost all of the same high-end specs as its bigger brother, and is just as waterproof. The display is a more pocket-friendly 4.6-inches, but it still boasts the TRILUMINOS branding, and it’ll play back videos in stunning 720p HD.

Inside, the 2600mAh battery pushes the limit of what a small phone can do in terms of battery life – Sony says it’ll easily stay powered up for two days, just like the bigger sibling – while the processor is the same 2.5GHz quad-core powerhouse, this time with 2GB of RAM. The camera is the same 20.7-Megapixel sensor that you’ll find on the larger Xperia Z3, and it’ll take stunning shots in low light and daylight alike.

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Both devices come with 16GB of inbuilt storage, but they can each be expanded with MicroSD cards up to 128GB in size. To top it all off, both handsets run on Android Kit Kat – the very latest version of Google’s Mobile operating system.

“Both devices are compatible with Playstation now streaming on the Sony PS4…”

Lastly, both devices are compatible with Playstation now streaming on the Sony PS4. When the service launches in the UK later this year, that means you’ll be able to stream your PS4 games to them over WiFi, and control the action with the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller. That’ll free up the TV for other people, and makes Xperia Z3 pair some of the best gaming smartphones around.

The only question is: which one will you choose? Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact from Sony will be coming to Vodafone UK soon; stay tuned to Vodafone Social for more news, and for an exclusive interview with Sony about how the Z3 range came to be.

The secrets of Omnibalance… Check out our 2013 talk with Sony about Xperia Z2 to find out why Sony’s Omnibalance design makes it stand out from the pack.