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Topic # 151760 4-Sep-2014 12:08
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Really though, what's the point?

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/03/sony-xperia-z3-hands-on/

It seems to have the same specs as the Z2, but is slightly thinner and lighter

Does coming out with a phone every 6 months not annoy the distributors who have to buy these and send to retailers?
They are auctioning original Xperia Z's on Grays Online brand new by the truck load for under $300, so it's obvious that a distributor has had to get rid of their worthless stock quickly





{MOD EDIT : SP : We have 3 different Sony Xperia Z3 family threads which despite their respective original specific topics, all ended up as general discussions for a particular model so I have done some tidying up.

Sony Xperia Z3 Discussion & Owners Thread

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Discussion & Owners Thread

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Discussion & Owners Thread}

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  Reply # 1121748 4-Sep-2014 12:13
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Was hoping to see more changes in internals and software. The PS4 streaming feature is neat, and the tweaked design looks nice (Unsure on the 'upsampling' for audio, however). Don't think anyone who picked up or intends to pick up the Z2 has much to worry about. :)




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  Reply # 1121753 4-Sep-2014 12:22
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Xperia Z3 (series) might be the device that could swing us over to Android! I love the fact it has PS4 Remote Play feature and can pair up with DualShock controller. I play some PS4 games via Remote Play with my PS Vita, looking forward to PlayStation TV too in October!!

Need to do Needs-Wants-Likes matrix analysis of our current usage with iDevices.




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  Reply # 1121765 4-Sep-2014 12:35
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Don't see the point in this at all, same internals, in fact you could even claim its outdated with the 801 before even hitting the market. No change in the camera, slightly bigger VOV, oohhh amazing.

Stupid release Sony, stupid stupid release.



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  Reply # 1121786 4-Sep-2014 13:03
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I think one cool feature is the panel self refresh, which means the display has a frame buffer cache which it stores the display data if there is no changes, so you can leave the display on and the Snapdragon chipset can power off, it will only power on when an update to the screen needs to be displayed (eg you touch the screen, or you get a notification, or the time changes)



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  Reply # 1121818 4-Sep-2014 13:35
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Its primarily for the Japanese market where you have to release every 6 months to stay competitive iirc

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  Reply # 1121823 4-Sep-2014 13:38
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macuser: Really though, what's the point


My thought exactly

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  Reply # 1121827 4-Sep-2014 13:40
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What's the point? I won't upgrade from Z2, but if I lost it, or broke it, nothing wrong with an incremental update me thinks.

Am bitterly disappointed with the Z3 8" tablet. Lovely design, great specs, but with a screen that's lower resolution than last year's ipad mini. Given that it will ship for a premium price, screen is a let down.

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  Reply # 1121878 4-Sep-2014 14:35
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Whats the point? .....for those who want to buy one can, for those who do not wish to buy one there is no compulsion to do so.




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  Reply # 1121915 4-Sep-2014 15:29
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I'm interested in the Z3 compact.

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  Reply # 1121939 4-Sep-2014 15:43
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ALTRON: I'm interested in the Z3 compact.

Agreed. I liked the Z3 Compact and am more impressed by it than the Z3. I think Samsung have nailed it with the refresh cycles of once a year for their flagship and once a year with their phablet. It would be good to see the other manufacturers adopt a similar pattern.. HTC are doing well with their once a year. Sony... shooting itself in the foot. Why would an average consumer (90% of general public) get a phone that is going to be succeeded in 6 months!.

The Z3 Compact however is one of those phones that I have been waiting for. Now that phone is a true Mini of the higher end. It is for those who dont want a huge phone but still want top end specs in a smaller package. If they market that right, I can see Z3 compact carve out a new market there.

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  Reply # 1121945 4-Sep-2014 15:48
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Krishant007:
ALTRON: I'm interested in the Z3 compact.

Agreed. I liked the Z3 Compact and am more impressed by it than the Z3. I think Samsung have nailed it with the refresh cycles of once a year for their flagship and once a year with their phablet. It would be good to see the other manufacturers adopt a similar pattern.. HTC are doing well with their once a year. Sony... shooting itself in the foot. Why would an average consumer (90% of general public) get a phone that is going to be succeeded in 6 months!.

The Z3 Compact however is one of those phones that I have been waiting for. Now that phone is a true Mini of the higher end. It is for those who dont want a huge phone but still want top end specs in a smaller package. If they market that right, I can see Z3 compact carve out a new market there.


Many tech sites that I read have suggested that Z3 compact is Sony's new flagship phone, being the right size with powerful innards. Perhaps this announcement of all Z3 series is realignment of their releases?




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Krishant007:
ALTRON: I'm interested in the Z3 compact.

Agreed. I liked the Z3 Compact and am more impressed by it than the Z3. I think Samsung have nailed it with the refresh cycles of once a year for their flagship and once a year with their phablet. It would be good to see the other manufacturers adopt a similar pattern.. HTC are doing well with their once a year. Sony... shooting itself in the foot. Why would an average consumer (90% of general public) get a phone that is going to be succeeded in 6 months!.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha?

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  Reply # 1121966 4-Sep-2014 16:10
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Krishant007:
ALTRON: I'm interested in the Z3 compact.

Agreed. I liked the Z3 Compact and am more impressed by it than the Z3. I think Samsung have nailed it with the refresh cycles of once a year for their flagship and once a year with their phablet. It would be good to see the other manufacturers adopt a similar pattern.. HTC are doing well with their once a year. Sony... shooting itself in the foot. Why would an average consumer (90% of general public) get a phone that is going to be succeeded in 6 months!.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha?


Ohh i did like the Galaxy Alpha. That one was quite impressive. But i think that the processor would let it down (It wasnt Snapdragon 801). 

I wouldnt classify the Alpha as a top end phone. Thats sort of more mid range. But thats just my personal views.



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  Reply # 1121971 4-Sep-2014 16:17

Krishant007:

Ohh i did like the Galaxy Alpha. That one was quite impressive. But i think that the processor would let it down (It wasnt Snapdragon 801). 

I wouldnt classify the Alpha as a top end phone. Thats sort of more mid range. But thats just my personal views.




I believe the Alpha has the same Exynos 5430/33 chipset that's in some Note 4 variants, so processor grunt is really not a concern at all, especially with the Alpha at 720p - more comparable to the Snapdragon 805 than the 801, and reportedly 64bit (Making it future-proofed for Android L).

Wonder if/when Sony will make a Zultra successor - now that I'd like to see.




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