The Sony Xperia Z3 has just emerged as L55u or L55t on the TENAA Chinese Administration site (China’s equivalent of the FCC). A quick glance at the specifications listed will tell you that in terms of pure hardware, the new version of the Sony flagship is actually not so different from the current Sony Xperia Z2.
Sony have established themselves as the distinguished grandpa of the technology world, and their latest Xperia branded smartphones reveal a time-served competitor who is not afraid to take things in their own direction. The recent Xperia Z1 and Z2 phones managed to cram a great deal of top end hardware in compact handsets that boasted industry-leading build quality. The Z3 is awaited with baited breath.
The leaked specifications today should put an end to seemingly endless speculation about the forthcoming Xperia Z3, due for launch at IFA in a few weeks time. With two internal codes for the device, L55u (WCDMA and TD-LTE compliant) and L55t (TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE), it appears that in terms of key internal specifications, the Xperia Z3 will be almost identical to its predecessor the Xperia Z2. The only slight difference in terms of internal hardware is the use of a slightly higher clocked Qualcomm processor in the form of the 2.5GHz MSM8974AC which replaces the 2.3GHz MSM8974AB – a difference that may just about present itself in benchmarks, but not so much in real world usage.
Check this specifications comparison (courtesy of AndroidCommunity):
On thing that does stand out in the specs above is that the Xperia Z3 will be a touch smaller than the Z2 – 7.35mm thick compared to 8.2mm on the Z2, and also tad shorter 72.4mm compared to 73.3mm. Speculation will still persist when it comes to the design of the device however, with a chance that Sony will revise the current sleek design. One change could be the inclusion of IP65/68 certification, offering more solid water and dust proofing than the IP55/58 protection of previous Xperia Z handsets. From the looks of things, it seems that they won’t be changing the look and feel of the device too much- a decision that won’t bother us one bit, as the Z2 is a phenomenally good looking smartphone and certainly one of our favorites.