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May 26, 2015

Sony officially announces the Xperia Z3+ to replace the Xperia Z3

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Sony announced the Xperia Z4 last month in Japan. We were all underwhelmed, but weren’t sure how Sony was going to handle the global release of their next flagship. Now we know, because they announced the Xperia Z3+ this morning. It’s essentially the same phone as the Xperia Z4, just with a different name. The Z3+ will be the phone that Sony presents to the world as its follow-up flagship to the Z3.

The Z3+ is slightly slimmer than the Z3, at 6.9mm. The battery is also a little smaller than its predecessor, coming in at 2930 mAh. The battery life on the Z3 was absolutely outstanding; the Z3+ should be almost as good. Other specs include the same 5.2” 1080p display, 20.7MP camera, and 3GB of RAM that we saw in the Z3. It does have an upgraded Snapdragon 810 chipset, and the front camera has been upgraded to 5MP from a 2.2MP camera on the Z3. Internal storage on the Z3+ has been upgraded to 32GB. There will also be two versions of the device. One will have a single SIM card slot and support LTE Cat 6, while a second option will have dual SIM slots and support LTE Cat 4. The phone will be running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

The biggest change for me is the removal of the annoying cover over the charging port. The Z3+ is still water-resistant, just like the Z3, but it now sports an open charging port. It’s a small difference, but it may be one that gets people to upgrade. There’s not much else about this phone that would compel someone to upgrade.  The Z3+ will be available this summer in white, black, copper, and aqua green. No word on pricing or exact availability dates.

Hit the source links to see more images if you want. Just a heads up, the phone looks the same as the Z3 and Z2.

Source: Sony blog, Sony Developer World

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Jeremiah Nelson

Jeremah lives in Virginia, on the east coast of the U.S. He loves Android and is versed in iOS. In his spare time you’ll find him flashing ROMs and listening to metal.