After many leaks that seem to plague all smartphone manufacturers, regardless of who they are, Sony has just unveiled the Xperia XZ3 - the latest in the XZ line that have been trundling on without really caring what the competition seems to be doing. As you can see that seems to have been happening for another launch, with the XZ3 seemingly avoiding the same notched bezel-free design adopted by other manufacturers.
That's not to say Sony has ditched the big screens altogether. The XZ3 comes with a 6-inch QHD+ OLED display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio and support for HDR. There's no notching here, but there's still a pretty hefty chin and forehead sitting on either side of the screen. But they do house two front-facing speakers, which is always nice for those time you're not in public and don't fancy using headphones. Those speakers include Sony's S-Force surround sound, which it promises it will be 20 per cent louder than before.
Inside we've got 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD expansion (up to 512GB), a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 3,300 mAh battery, support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3, a 19MP rear camera, 13MP front camera, and will launch packing Android Pie right out of the box.
Other features include 960fps slow-mo video recording in Full HD resolution, wireless charging, adaptive haptic feedback (like the XZ2), and being a Sony Phone it would be out of place if it didn't have water and dust resistance. It's rated up to IP68, much like the other big name phones on the market. It also has Gorilla Glass 5, which can handle some significant torture before breaking, and like all other flagships the camera comes with built-in AI capabilities.
The XZ3 will be available to pre-order tomorrow, ready for a 12th October release, with a £699 price tag. So it's not cheap, but it definitely could be worse. Colourwise it'll be available in Black, White Silver, Forest Green, and Bordeaux Red. Pre-orderers will also be gifted a free copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4. In case you don't have it already.