Early last week we got to check out a couple components form unreleased Sony handsets, which sources claimed to belong to upcoming Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact models. It wasn’t a lot to go on, but Sony did move quite swiftly from the Z1 to the Z2, so it’s not crazy to think that we should already be talking about plans for the arrival of a Z3. Later, we saw a leak give us a little hardware insight into the Z3 Compact, but it didn’t help us narrow down Sony’s possible launch window any. Today, though, we finally start closing in on when this hardware might arrive, as a new carrier leak makes some implications about availability for these two models.
What were looking at are the details for a promotional contest available to Vodafone staff, where sales of specific hardware or services entitles the employee to so many “points” to be used towards entry. Down near the bottom of the image you see below, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are both listed among other 1.5-point models.
On the one hand, text documents like this can be incredibly easy to fake. On the other, there are a lot more straightforward ways one could fake news of the Z3’s arrival than via a German carrier promo. Assuming this is legit, the document discusses sales made during the period running from now through the end of September, suggesting that the Z3 and Z3 Compact will launch in advance of the end of the quarter. That’s leading to a lot of speculation that an IFA announcement could be in the cards.