Rumored Sony Xperia Z3 specs read like a Z2 rehash

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Sony sure appears to be working on a new flagship-level Android, and if the rumors are to be trusted, this handset could arrive as the Xperia Z3. We’ve had more than a few chances to check out some hardware in one form or another, be that individual components, line-art sketches, or even a few in-the-flesh pics, but there’s still an awful lot about the phone that’s remained a mystery. A few specs have popped up along the way, like mention of a Snapdragon 801-AC SoC and another 20.7MP camera, but we haven’t had a great sense of the device’s capabilities. Today a new leak attempts to start filling in some of those gaps, detailing the phone’s components.

According to @evleaks, the Z3 will feature a 5.15-inch 1080p panel, run a 2.4GHz Snapdragon 801, have 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, and offer a 20.7MP main camera with 2.1MP front-facer. It would reportedly arriving running Android 4.4.4.

“Wait a moment,” you interject, “that all sounds oddly familiar.” There’s a good reason for that, as these specs are a nearly exact match for what we find on the current Z2.

Now, there are a few differences – that 2.4GHz clock speed may betray the presence of the rumored 801-AC chip (the AB on the Z2 runs at 2.3GHz), and the Z2 has a 2.2MP front-facer – but these could also just be rounding errors.

That all makes for a confusing picture of what Sony could be going for with this handset. Armed with these specs the question of “why a new phone if you’re not going to change anything” seems inevitable. Perhaps Sony intends to resolve build quality issues, but even then introducing a whole new model sounds a little extreme. For the moment, the company’s intentions remain puzzling.

Source: @evleaks

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!