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.