Sony Xperia Z3 to deliver Snapdragon 801 processor, but no 2K display


Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 will pack a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor combined with 3GB of RAM, according to a new report, but a super sharp Quad HD display will not be appearing on its specifications sheet. Instead, the device is expected to deliver the same Full HD (1080p) resolution as its predecessor with a slightly smaller screen.

The Sony Xperia Z2 has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, but the Xperia Z3’s will measure just 5.15 inches, according to information published today by @Evleaks. It seems unlikely that Sony would shrink the size of its flagship smartphone’s screen, but @Evleaks has been incredibly reliable in the past.

The new device will retain the same 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as the same Adreno 330 graphics processing unit, the same 3GB of RAM, and the same 16GB of internal storage as standard. Its biggest upgrade will be to its processor.

The Xperia Z3 is expected to come with a Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.4GHz. That’s the same processor that powers other flagships releases this year, including the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it’s not quite as impressive as the Snapdragon 805, which is going to become increasingly popular during the second half of this year.

You can also expect the Xperia Z3 to ship with Google’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system before being upgraded to Android L — presumably some time during the first quarter of 2015.

We’ve already seen some leaked images of the Xperia Z3, and it looks almost identical to its predecessor. It’s not drastically different on the inside, either, based on these specifications, so if you already have a Z2, you probably don’t need to be planning an upgrade.