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    Yesterday saw Sony launch its latest Android flagship, the Xperia Z3, and while the phone helps refine the hardware Sony brought us in previous models like the Z2, it doesn't necessarily take a lot of bold steps in new directions. In recent months, we've finally started to see quad HD 2K displays start to show up on top-tier handsets from big-name Android OEMs, from the LG G3 back in May, to the Note 4 we just got. So why did Sony elect to stick with a 1080p screen on the Z3, especially after already using that resolution with the Xperia Z2, Z1, and even the Z? Will it ever push past that ...

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    Two of the hottest phones this year are Sony's Xperia Z3 and HTC's One M8. We've had a chance to give the latter the full Pocketnow review treatment, but the second one has just been announced – we'd still like to compare them though, so what better way to set up a Sony Xperia Z3 vs HTC One M8 throwdown than a specs comparison? It turns out, there are a good amount of differences between the two phones. The One M8 has a more pixel-dense screen, though it loses out in the processor department in the same way that the Xperia Z2 did. The Z3 also has more RAM than the One M8, and a ...

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    When the Sony Xperia Z3 went official yesterday, many didn't quite realize how similar it was to the Z2 – Sony's last flagship phone, which was announced just a few months back. As it turns out, these phones are more than just a little similar, but are almost identical on paper. Some things have even become worse across the generation leap, which is disappointing, but let's take a look at the full picture in our Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs comparison chart below. There are only two categories in our specs list where the two phones differentiate from each other: processor ...

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    "But Sony, you make big tablets!" The Tablet Z, Xperia Z2 Tablet - even old models like the Xperia Tablet S all came in well north of nine inches. Perhaps the Tablet P bucks the trend, but with its weird dual 5.5-inch folding layout, it hardly seems like it should count at all. But now Sony has come to IFA 2014 with an eminently portable tablet, the eight-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Come with us as we go hands-on with the Android slate. Like its 10.1-inch predecessors, this guy is thin. Measuring-in at just 6.4mm thick, the Z3TC (as the cool kids call it) still boasts a 4500mAh battery. ...

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    Could this really be the "mini" phone you've been waiting for? The handset in the four-inch space that still packs the sort of processing might and HD display as a much larger smartphone? Sony sure managed to do right by us with the Xperia Z1 Compact, and today at IFA 2014 in Berlin we set out to see if the hot new Xperia Z3 Compact will quickly have us asking, "Z1 Compact who?" We can talk about the Z3 Compact's very capable hardware specs until the cows come home, but a phone like this one isn't just about the performance; as a smaller phone, we're acutely tuned to paying attention to ...

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    So far this year, the rumor mill has been pretty good at predicting what to expect from IFA announcements. Sure, a few details have been off here and there, and we ended up getting the Note Edge after not really being sure what to expect, but most of the launches we'd be tracking ended up going pretty much as anticipated. We did get at least one big surprise at the Sony event, though, as the company launched its latest wearable: while we heard that its SmartWatch 3 wouldn't join the growing contingent of Android Wear models, today's announcement confirmed the opposite, as the SmartWatch 3 ...

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    Sony just introduced the Xperia Z3 in Berlin earlier today, along with the Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, and a whole mess of accessories. But what's really the deal with this phone? Is it just a minor tweak to the Xperia Z2? Does it do enough right to really make a name of its own? We stopped by Sony's IFA 2014 presence to find out for ourselves, going hands-on with the Xperia Z3. Thin bezels, a beautiful display with tweaks like an intelligent contrast engine, and a camera that's not just high-res, but also offers some impressive optical performance, all add up to make this a pretty ...

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    Sony did not let us down at IFA 2014 today, managing to fulfill pretty much all of our expectations based on the rumors and leaks leading up to the announcement. Sure, a few of the details didn't necessarily align 100% with predictions, but all the anticipated hardware made an appearance, with the Xperia Z3 leading the charge. And the Z3, especially, ended up being largely the phone we were prepping for: not a huge, night-and-day improvement over the barely more than half-a-year-old Xperia Z2, but a refinement, or a hardware refresh, if you will? So just what goes into making the Xperia Z3 ...

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    Sony's IFA 2014 event was clearly a Z3 show: we got the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and the Z3 Tablet Compact, not to mention a number of accessories. But those weren't the only new Xperia models we were looking forward to from this announcement, having picked up on a last minute rumor that they could also be joined by a new mid-ranger as a more budget-priced alternative. Sure enough, today we saw the company launch its new Xperia E3. So how much of a step back does the E3 take from a flagship model like the Z3? Well, it's pretty severe, truth be told. The phone runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, ...

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    Sony came to IFA this year with new mobile devices in nearly every category imaginable: we've got new phones, new wearables, new camera accessories, and so it's only fitting that we round that out with a new tablet. Leaks already managed to ruin some of the surprise, but today we get official word of Sony's latest Android tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Unlike Sony's traditionally large 10.1-inch tablets, the Z3 Tablet Compact (Z3TC) goes with an eight-inch full HD 1920 x 1200 panel. Sony's getting smarter about tying its smartphone/tablet and gaming ecosystems together, and like the ...

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    Sony is one of the known pioneers of the smartwatch market, so much so, that the brand "SmartWatch" belongs to the company. We wish we could say this legacy would amount to positive results in wearable sales after two SmartWatch attempts, but the truth has been a different story for Sony over the last couple of years. The good thing is that the company is not giving up, and today's IFA press event has seen the launch of the two new Sony wearables that were rumored. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the company's first Android Wear product, as the company steps away from its proprietary Android ...

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    The Xperia Z3 may be the keystone behind Sony's latest Android offerings, but it's far from the only flagship the company has come to Berlin to introduce today at IFA 2014. Just moments after introducing the Z3, Sony has gone official with its little cousin, the 4.6-inch Xperia Z3 Compact. The Z3 Compact's a smidge thicker than its larger namesake, measuring-in at 8.4mm, but that's only because of all the goodies packed inside. Unlike other "mini" phones that skimp on specs, the Z3 Compact is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, has 2GB of RAM, and as much as 16GB internal storage - with ...

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    Accessories aren't the only things on the menu for Sony at IFA 2014 today, and after introducing its new QX camera add-ons and its latest wearables, Sony has drawn back the curtain of the star of the show, its Xperia Z3. The phone's got a slim 7.3-mm thick build with narrow sub-2mm side bezels. Sony's not venturing too far away from its past formula here, making the Z3 waterproof and giving it a high-res 20.7MP main camera. That camera manages to offer an ISO rating as high as 12800, and incorporates a 25mm lens. The total package delivers what Sony calls "the world’s best camera and ...

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    Sony's IFA 2014 event is in full swing, but Sony having the varied interests that it does, it got started with some non-smartphone hardware, showing off its latest cameras. But it wasn't long before the company transitioned into something a little more up our alley, revealing the latest Cyber-shot lens-style camera accessories for its smartphones and tablets. Yesterday we saw a leak detailing one of these products, the QX1 with its support for removable lenses, and now we see it joined by the new QX30, as well, a model we previously heard rumored earlier this summer. While the QX1 supports ...

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    The Sony event at the Berlin IFA 2014 is just hours away, and the leaks keep on coming, trying to anticipate even more of what we'll probably see. Yesterday we've seen an alleged picture of the Sony Xperia Z3, with a spec-sheet glued to its back; that piece of paper, among specs, also mentioned a copper flavor, alongside black and white, and it's that exact new variant seems to have leaked today, in the images above and below. There's little to see here, aside from the new copper Sony Xperia Z3, but the image below also seems to feature a fourth color; call it yellow, green, or lime, it ...

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