Getting hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3

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Sony has today announced plans to launch the Xperia Z3 in Canada on October 31, with support from Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile. Should folk wish to purchase the new flagship smartphone without heading down to their local carrier store, Sony stores will also be stocking the same device for purchase on launch day.

The Xperia Z3 features a 5.2-inch full-HD display and 3 GB RAM, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, 20.7MPcamera at the back that can shoot 4K video, 2.2 MP front shooter, 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot up to 128 GB, NFC, Wi-Fi ac and a 3,100 mAh battery. On the software side of things, Android 4.4.4 KitKat is available out of the box.

No word on how much it will cost just yet, but you can expect to see the device appropriately priced. Purchasers will have the choice of white, black or copper variants.

October 1, 2014, TORONTO – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”)today announced the Xperia® Z3, its new Xperia Z series flagship smartphone, will launch across Canada with multiple carriers including Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, WIND Mobile and in Sony Stores starting on October 31, 2014. The Xperia Z3 combines all of the details that make Xperia smartphones great – including the highest level of waterproofing, enhanced camera experiences and applications, up to two-day battery life, our best audio quality and PS4™ Remote Play.

“Consumers demand and deserve greatness from their smartphone – in design, camera and battery life,” said Tim Hernquist, Vice President Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “That’s precisely what we deliver with Xperia Z3, delivering leading innovations such as PS4 Remote Play in a beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphone.”

Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Its 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels showcase superior craftsmanship. At just 152 grams with an easy-to-use interface and symmetrical design, it feels right at home in your hand.

Delivering the highest waterproof rating, the Xperia Z3 is fully waterproof (IP 65/68), so you can take it practically anywhere – whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool.

Plus, there’s no need to worry about your smartphone being ready when you are – with optimal battery performance, Xperia Z3 pushes the capabilities of power to give you a long-lasting battery performance of up to two days. Or, get even more from your battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life.

Unrivalled entertainment with PS4™ Remote Play

Sony has engineered a revolution in gaming technology with the addition of PS4™ Remote Play on the Xperia Z3 series. With PS4 Remote Play, you can now use your Xperia Z3 as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PlayStation®4. For those times when the TV is being used, simply connect your Xperia smartphone to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to continue playing games anywhere at home on the Xperia Z3.

Additionally, the PlayStation®App lets you use your Xperia Z3 as a second screen to remotely watch the game play of your friends, communicate with PSN™ friends, or purchase PS4 games and download to PS4.

The world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone

Capture the moments that matter in the highest quality with stunning detail – anytime, anywhere. Drawing on years of expertise from Sony’s award-winning Cyber-shot™ and Handycam™ technologies, Xperia Z3 delivers superior image quality whether it’s in low-light, on the move or even underwater.

The 1/2.3″ ExmorRS™ for mobile sensor and BIONZ™ for mobile processing engine work together to give you photos and videos in sharp and vivid detail. Plus, you can fit more into every shot with the new 25mm wide-angle Sony G Lens. If you’re capturing a photo of a stunning sunset, take advantage of the world’s first ISO 12800 sensitivity in a smartphone[v]for better detail, even in low light.

Shooting a video? Sony’s new and improved SteadyShot™ technology with Intelligent Active Mode compensates for your movements, analyzing dozens of backwards and forward frames, to predict your next steps and make panning smoother and images more stable.

For those most important memories, record clips in super-clear 4K resolution at four times Full HD. Plus, the advanced video mode on Xperia Z3 means you can pause and resume filming, so you can be sure to capture the perfect moment in one file.

New social camera apps and editing features will take your camera experience to the next level. Capture an event and your reaction to it at the same time with Face in. Add scribbles and animations to pictures with AR fun. Watch movies created automatically from your photos and videos with Movie creator. Record from multiple angles with up to three compatible Xperia devices filming at the same time with Multi-camera. Or add sound to a photo with Sound Photo. All of these new camera apps are added to a wide range of popular Xperia camera apps accessible directly from your camera’s viewfinder.

Tune in with an audio powerhouse

The mobile music experience just got re-invented. Sony’s rich audio expertise comes through in every beat with incredible High-Resolution Audio, so you can hear every track just as the artist intended when using Sony’s Hi-Res Audio headphones.For those tracks that aren’t in Hi-Res quality, Sony’s ground-breaking DSEE HX technology – available now for the first time in our Xperia Z3 series – ‘upscales’ the fidelity of your MP3 or AAC music collection as well as your playlists on Sony’s cloud-based digital music service, Music Unlimited[vi], to near High-Resolution quality.

To enjoy your favourite music without interruption, the Xperia Z3 series brings Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling technology to the smartphone. Ambient noise is reduced by up to 98 per cent when paired with the MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling headset – perfect for that busy commute or tuning out the background in a noisy office.

The front-facing stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround™ play everything loud and crystal clear for those moments when you want to set your sounds free.

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