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Sony Xperia Z3 Passes Through FCC En Route to North America

As you all may be aware, it’s not every day we see a Sony flagship device pass through the FCC on its way to America. Most of the time, even if a Sony device does hit our shores, it is months after Europe and Asia has access, and carrier exclusivity takes its tole on most people who are even interested to begin with.

This week, it appears that the Xperia Z3 from Sony has already hit the FCC, en route to an unknown carrier here in the US. Curiously, the Xperia Z3 has yet to be made official from Sony, with previous signs pointing to the device being announced at IFA in September. 

Reported specs are quite healthy, with the Xperia Z3 rumored to feature a Snapdragon 805 processor, about a 5.2″ display (no word on QHD or FHD resolution), a 20.7MP rear-facing camera, and should ship with no less than Android 4.4.4.

Unfortunately, the FCC filing does not offer much to look at, besides a poor skeletal rendering. Once more information is known, we will be sure to share.

If the Xperia Z3 was to hit the four major carriers, would a Sony-made flagship tempt you from your current handset? Throw your thoughts below in the comments.

Xperia Z3

Via: FCC | Xperia Blog
  • Is it any release date for Sony Xperia Z3..?

  • Michael

    What would be me really excited is a Nexus built by Sony.

  • S.Ober

    Looks like I’m back to holding out again

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  • moew

    “takes it’s tole”…. no tim-o-muffin , it’s “takes it toll”, as in takes your fare/money.

  • Hell YES! I’ll miss you Motorola, but I’ll trust the Japanese before I do the Chinese.

  • Jonathan Ly

    Maybe the carriers didn’t want to deal with the Z2 brand for phone and tablet, and if its Sony’s intention to release Z3 this year then it could be a purposeful omission on the Z2

  • StayParanoid

    805 or meh

    • Bryan Mills

      9999999 or meh

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  • gg_money

    Now, I have not looked at the g3 screen but the nexus 5 and hell.. even the N4 screen looked good enough for “a phone” to me. Im way more concerned about battery life and not this spec war that people seem to be obsessed with.

    Alas, I was once caught up in the spec war but since then I realize specs seem to plateau’d and android runs smoothly regardless.

    maybe its just me ?

    Tablets are different

    • Fackwors

      I think as a community we need to raise awareness about our number 1 concern.. Battery life.

      Give me a bigger battery.. or.. give me a feature phone.

      • Mech_Engr_09

        I’ve been getting amazing batter life on the m8 on the GPE rom. It even has L features packed in. Very nice!

  • Well as I’m getting the LG G3 tomorrow I think I’ll be skipping the Sony Z3. Granted I don’t purchase phones that often as I’m upgrading from a Droid Razr Maxx.

  • RoboCop

    There’s pics on CNET now. Looks more rounded…I love the flat, rectangle shape of the Z2 so I hope its not too rounded or else it’ll just look super generic

  • ROR1997

    If Verizon gets this, i have no doubt they will rename it to the vZw3, as they continue to brand phones however the hell they want.

    • Let’s see…Galaxy S5 is still Galaxy S5 on Verizon. LG G3 is still LG G3 on Verizon. HTC One is still HTC One on Verizon. How are they branding phones however they want?

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        edit: Gif didnt work. oh well.

    • I think you’re mistaking name for brand.

      • ROR1997

        They put their branding all over phones. Just making a joke that apparently nobody gets. not my fault

        • It was a poorly executed joke, your fault.

  • ROR1997

    Fake News is fake. Sony doesnt know what a “North America” is

  • Ben Murphy

    I’m still sour about Verizon ending the device installment plan =/

    • Mech_Engr_09

      Me too man. I wanna line up every Verizon exec and give em a shot to the face and balls. By shot I mean punch haha.

    • PoisonApple31

      Get a Best Buy credit card!

      • RoboCop

        Agreed. $20 off and no interest for 24months.

        • balls

          So you have 24 months to pay it off.. not a bad deal really for us pre-paid users.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          I don’t see anywhere on the thing that says no interest for 24 months

      • Mech_Engr_09

        It lets you buy phones at full price? Also what’s the process for getting one? Am I able to get it the same day?

        • PoisonApple31

          You can apply in store, just ask someone there. You would be able to use it the same day if you are approved! I think for phones its 12 months no interest financing right now on purchases $299 and over. Double check that though!

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Sweet! I applied online so I won’t know until I get it in the mail I think. And that applies to buying off contract?

          • PoisonApple31

            Yes sir, I bought my Note 3 off contract pricing. I even asked them to match Verizon’s pricing, so I got it for $700 instead of $800.

          • Since when is Best Buy actually the best buy? Thanks for the insight!

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Awesome, I’m gonna get them to price match the Verizon price because they have it on the site for $700.

          • PoisonApple31

            I just got my Verizon G3 for $49.99 on two year contract @ Best Buy! Very happy here.

            Best Buy has always been good to me about price matching Verizon’s full retail.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Yeah I hope they are as nice with me haha. Oh and I’m not sure if they have the Verizon version. It says pre order on the website so idk.

  • RoboCop

    I love their design but I’d absolutely pay extra for this with a developers edition for Verizon. After moto X I used the G3 for a little bit and didn’t care for the skin at all

    • Derrick Jefferson

      You used the G3 on Verizon?

      • RoboCop

        No I used it on AT&T for about 2 hours at Best Buy and the UI felt odd to me. Better than the G2 but stock/near stock is what I’m used to from Moto X so I didn’t care for it. Screen wasn’t anything incredible either compared to 1080p and while using it I had the same heat warning pop up that the hands on videos had. It was nice…nicer to me than the S5, but I prefer the M8 still of the big 3, especially since most pics get the filter treatment before people post anyway.

        • Derrick Jefferson

          I still stuck between an M8 and the G3, I have no hands on time with the G3 though. If the Z2 or the Z3 made it to Verizon I feel like my choice would be that much easier.

          • RoboCop

            The M8 is just oddly shaped and a little tall, the camera is also pretty bad, but ya the Z3 should be good build quality, good camera, and front speakers

  • nexusGUY

    How $ony phones in reguarding to software updates, unlocking ( bootloader ), and rooting? I have never owned one.

    • ROR1997

      Better as of late.

  • Darrell

    I have an old HTC sensation & wanted the Z2, which never materialed. I bought my GF the Z1s & it’s an awesome phone. We do lots of water sports, so having a water proof phone is essential. I will gladly wait a few more months for the Z3.

    • gg_money

      I really hope these water resistant devices becomes a standard..especially with the next nexus =)

  • DuongVu

    I’m in if it really does have a Snapdragon 805. My friends have the Z1S and it’s a damn fine phone.

  • Zoloft_User

    If it comes with stock android and an ABOVE average camera, I would highly consider…(waits patiently for Moto X-1)

    • Suicide_Note

      This won’t have stock Android. Sony customizes their phones with their own skin, a’la Sense and TouchWiz.

      • Guest

        Tell Em’, Professor.

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    • nexus

      I just want updates straight from google.. that kind of means stock android though

    • paul_cus

      Sony’s UI is pretty close to stock as it is.

  • Clint O

    I’ll be angry if I get the g3 then this thing drops

    • LosttsoL

      You gotta pull the trigger sometime. This thing might not come out until Christmas for all we know.

      • PoisonApple31

        It’ll hit Verizon once the Z4 is out for the other carriers though.

        • Really though?

          • PoisonApple31

            That was sarcasm. You hardly see any Sony devices on Verizon – who knows when they are coming.

      • Clint O

        Ya.there will always be something in the pipeline

  • Paul Hansen

    My wife has the Z1 and it is a solid phone. Since she is one that doesn’t care about updates and all she cares about is the camera, it’s perfect for her.

    • Sony’s actually been pretty good with updating their phones as of late.

      • Guest

        Maybe this is their answer to Amazon’s phone. 😉

      • Paul Hansen

        Her Z1S has yet to receive an update for anything. But, it’s still fast and battery is solid. She uses her phone a lot like a typical 20s girl and it usually makes it all day (6am to 10pm). She likes the waterproofing especially with the baby.

        • Stone Cold

          Z2 failed inspection so it won’t show up on T-Mobile but I am hoping the Z3 will.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    What’s interesting is that this listing mentions Band 13 LTE which is exclusive to Verizon.

    • hfoster52

      Maybe this is their answer to Amazon’s Fire phone. 😉

    • rawr

      “FCC ID: PY7PM – 0800 supports LTE B5, 7, 13 and 17”
      Yeah, maybe. Hopefully…

    • DanSan

      for the longest time i hoped sony would get their act together and start releasing flagship phones here in the US. I really have been itching to try one of them out but nothing came across that was a worthy competitor.

      • Tom

        Sony was my favorite back in the 90’s for hardware, but their flip phones like the erricson was complete shite

  • M3D1T8R

    Heck yes. Hopefully the long rumored Verizon Z2 shows up as this new Z3 with improved speakers.

  • Jordan

    So should we expect this before the Z2 comes to Verizon?

    • calculatorwatch

      I’m thinking the reason for all the weird Verizon secrecy might be that they were planning a Z2 launch but then decided just to wait for the Z3 and hopefully release it soon after launch.

      • rawr

        That would be pretty cool, impossible, but cool.

        • Mech_Engr_09

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      • Bingo.

      • M3D1T8R

        I sure hope so. What will be really sad is if Verizon still finally releases their Z2 and a week later the Z3 is released.

    • ROR1997

      The z4 will be out by the time VZW gets the z2

      • Mark Aaron Collado

        Derrick Rose will be back before Verizon comes out with the Z2

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        • Mech_Engr_09

          so never?