Xperia Z3 has been spotted passing through the FCC

Although there have been previous leaks about Sony's upcoming flagship, the most credible details have emerged from an FCC filing recently. The model in question which is referred to as the D6603, is thought to be the new handset and it shows we are getting closer to the launch of the smartphone. Model numbers used before strongly support the claim that model D6603 is indeed the Z3, as the Z1 was referred to as the C6903, and the Z2's model number was D6503. 

The filing confirms the handset will come with NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, along with a/b/g/n/ac WiFi support and LTE 4G connection capabilities. Although the filing doesn't include any information about other specifications, the smartphone is expected to come with a Snapdragon 801 processor along with three GB of RAM, as the Xperia Z2 did. The display will probably be offering a Full HD resolution, unlike the LG G3, which incorporates a quad-HD screen. A 20.7 MP camera, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot are also expected to come with the Z3.

The Xperia Z3 is expected to be introduced in Berlin during IFA 2014, only a few months after the launch of  the Xperia Z2. The leaks therefore support the rumor that Sony may adopt a six-month launch cycle for its flagships after all.

Source: AndroidCentral  | Image: XperiaBlog

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Neobytes :) Want to avoid the NSA? Be like Germany and use a typewriter

Next Story

Digital Storm Vanquish II custom gaming rig review

11 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Sony has had a 6-month cycle for flagships since 2012, so it's pretty obvious.

You've also got the model numbers wrong. Xperia Z = C6603. Xperia ZL = C6503 (slightly smaller non-waterproof Xperia Z, otherwise identical specs). Xperia Z1 = C6903. Xperia Z1 Compact = D5503. Xperia Z2 = D6503.

If the Z3 is going to be D6603 that means there are no big hardware changes (which is exactly what we expect). Big hardware changes would mean a D68xx or D69xx.

The D stands for the year, by the way, with C being 2013, D being 2014 etc.

Ambroos said,
Sony has had a 6-month cycle for flagships since 2012, so it's pretty obvious.

You've also got the model numbers wrong. Xperia Z = C6603. Xperia ZL = C6503 (slightly smaller non-waterproof Xperia Z, otherwise identical specs). Xperia Z1 = C6903. Xperia Z1 Compact = D5503. Xperia Z2 = D6503.

If the Z3 is going to be D6603 that means there are no big hardware changes (which is exactly what we expect). Big hardware changes would mean a D68xx or D69xx.

The D stands for the year, by the way, with C being 2013, D being 2014 etc.

Thanks for the comment, the website I got the model numbers from obviously got them wrong.

The magic of buying expensive Android "me too" phones.
The price goes downs to a 50% after few months of released.
I got a Z1 compact. My phone now. For just a little bit more i should have gotten an iphone 5s... or a Nokia 1020. Both much better phones overall for me. (at least now i can wash my phone everyday)
Wanting to come back to iOS :(
Now i have to give my phone and pay difference for just an iPhone5...
deprecation on android phones is a nightmare

Tavitian Santiago said,
Now i have to give my phone and pay difference for just an iPhone5...
deprecation on android phones is a nightmare

Why do new devices that come out make your phone suddenly not work? ...Why would you want the industry to slow down, I mean you are on a tech site so I am assuming you like technology?...Welp maybe you are better off than with WP because they use last years tech and are way behind the curve so judging by your post that would make you more comfortable. A word of advice, smartphones are not investments

I dunno man I've been using my SII yes SII GT i9100 for a while now(been 3 yrs) its not that I cant afford the new phone but I dont think I'm in need of it immediately I'm waiting for the phone that I want/need not going to the "me too" crowd

Sonne said,

A word of advice, smartphones are not investments

But they shouldn't be a money sink either.

At the current price, release schedule and cadence of contracts it means that you either pay full price ($600+) for a flagship and see its value reduced to $0 over the 1-2 year period you will keep it, or go with a subsidized contract that will also net you $0 after the contract expires and you are elegible for your next phone.

Resale value for smartphones is rock bottom under the current market trends, even in third world countries. Manufacturers are the only one to blame, as they flood the market with new devices that don't do anything new and quickly drop support for the previous models.