Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact On Sale in Malaysia TODAY

Before I even got around to finishing and publishing my Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone review, Sony announced the refreshed version of their flagship Android superphone. During the Sony announcement at IFA 2014 in Berlin earlier this month, instead of a flagship and a “mini” aka reduced spec version, Sony went ahead and announced their 2014 hero Xperia Z3 series smartphone, available in 2 sizes – Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

While majority of smartphone manufacturers would usually release a new flagship refresh every year, Sony has been increasingly gung-ho with their launches. From their original Xperia Z in February 2013,  it was quickly followed by Xperia Z1 in September 2013 about 7 months later. Then came Xperia Z2 in February 2014, a mere 5 months later. And now, in 7 months since, we have the new Xperia Z3.

At this pace, it’s hard to catch up with the latest Sony Xperia flagship. Also, makes me a little worried if we’ll be seeing the 2015 Sony flagship in about 5-6 months from now in February / March 2015! Eek!

See Also : Sony Xperia Z1 User Review

Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The good news though, is that shortly after the international announcement, in less than a month, Sony Mobile Malaysia made the flagship Sony Xperia Z3 series available on sale in the local market already.

That is some impressive rolloout plan there for Sony, considering Asian market is one of their key markets. In their previous flagships, it’s not immediately available for the US market in their international launch plans. We’re some lucky bunch!

The bad news – the new flagships are almost always minor incremental upgrades to its predecessors. More on that later.

 

The big screen flagship – Sony Xperia Z3

But first, here’s a high level technical specs overview of the Sony Xperia Z3:-

  • 5″ Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display (1920 X 1080)(441 ppi)
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 16 GB internal memory (expandable micro SD slot up to 128 GB) + 3 GB RAM
  • Powered by Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” OS
  • 20.7 megapixel Sony Exmor RS rear camera (4K video, ISO 12800) with LeD Flash, 2.2 megapixel front facing camera (Full HD 1080p video)
  • 7.3 mm thin, weighing only 152 grams
  • 3,100 mAh non-removable battery (up to 16 hours 3G talktime)
  • Waterproof and dust tight (IP65/IP68) up to 1.5 m freshwater for 30 minutes
  • Connectivity : 4G LTE/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, DNC (Digital Noise Cancelling)
  • Available in 4 colours : White, Black, Copper and Green

Here’s a gallery of official Press Images of the Sony Xperia Z3. Click to view enlarged version.

For more information, check out the Sony Xperia Z3 Malaysian product page at http://www.sony.com.my/product/xperia+z3 or Global product page HERE.

 

The smaller flagship – Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The smaller Xperia Z3 Compact has almost the identical spec to the bigger screen Xperia Z3. The only difference, highlighted in RED:-

  • 4.6″ Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display (1280X720)
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 16 GB internal memory (expandable micro SD slot up to 128 GB) + 2 GB RAM
  • Powered by Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” OS
  • 20.7 megapixel Sony Exmor RS rear camera (4K video, ISO 12800) with LED Flash, 2.2 megapixel front facing camera (Full HD 1080p video)
  • 8.6 mm thin, weighing only 129 grams
  • 2,600 mAh non-removable battery (up to 14 hours 3G talktime)
  • Waterproof and dust tight (IP65/IP68) up to 1.5 m freshwater for 30 minutes
  • Connectivity : 4G LTE/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, DNC (Digital Noise Cancelling)
  • Available in 4 colours : White, Black, Green and Orange

As you can see, Sony’s offering of a mini / compact smartphone does not compromise in specs at all. With ever so slight difference in screen size, thickness, memory, battery and colour availability only.

For you to drool on more pictures, here are some images of official press images of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

For more information, check out the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Malaysian product page at http://www.sony.com.my/product/xperia+z3+compact or Global Product Page HERE.

 

Killer Features for the Xperia Z3 series

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While some specs may not seem like a major upgrade from its older brother, Sony did improve the latest superphone with more than welcomed additions:-

  • Highest Waterproof Rating at IP 65/68
  • 2 days battery life – Unique power-saving technologies for up to two days usage between charges
  • Improved rear camera  – 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3” “Exmor RS for mobile” with 25mm wide angle lens, world’s first ISO 12800 in a smartphone, pause and resume 4K video recording, SteadyShot technology (image stabilization)
  • Front facing speakers
  • PS4 Remote Play allows you to play your PS4 games on your smartphone
  • Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering with 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame, whilst enjoying uncompromised performance in Xperia Z3 Compact, perfect for one-handed use
  • Unsurpassed audio with choice of Hi-Res Audio, Digital Noise Cancelling support and DSEE HX audio upscaling for near hi-res audio quality
  • Brightest TRILUMINOS display for mobile with Live Colour LED and X-RealityTM for mobile with intuitive contrast enhancement for better viewing, even on a sunny day

…and many more.

Both the bigger screen Xperia Z3 and smaller Xperia Z3 Compact both houses the same features. This is the perfect idea of different screen size for different needs and preference, without compromising on quality and feature set at all. Well done, Sony!!!

Let’s take a close look at what I think is the biggest KILLER FEATURES.

 

2 Day Battery Life

Come on! 2 days battery life? If that’s not the single most impressive feature, I don’t know what is.

I get awesome battery life with the Xperia Z2 already and I’m impressed that Sony managed to top themselves and give us even better battery performance and management.

 

PS4 Remote Play

For fellow PS4 gamers, this is another awesome feature.

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Channel the world’s most powerful console with PS4 Remote Play – exclusively on your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone. Connect your DUALSHOCK 4 with the Game Control Mount and enjoy gaming content anywhere at home.

You can pause your game at home, go somewhere else with a WiFi connection (I guess mobile data is not stable enough) and continue your gameplay with the Game Control Mount (adapter) connected between the DualShock controller and your Xperia Z3 series smartphone. How awesome is that? Yes, a little anti-social if you’re at a party or family gathering, but amazing if you’re commuting or traveling (plane, coach, train, etc).

 

Comparison between new Xperia  Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and previous Xperia Z2

LowYat.net created a very good comparison table in a detailed blogpost here, spec-by-spec for the new Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, versus its older brother, Xperia Z2.

Click for enlarged version (Image Source : LowYat.net)

The article also covers spec comparison with other flagship Android devices in the market today, like Samsung Galaxy Note series, Xiaomi  Mi 4, HTC One M8, LG G3 and more.

 

Pricing and Availability

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The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact is now available on sale from TODAY, 26th September 2014 and will retail at RM2,399 and RM1,899 respectively.

 

Launch promotion

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In conjunction with the Malaysian Launch of the Xperia Z3 and  Z3 Compact, Sony Mobile Malaysia are giving away a bunch of freebies if you purchase any of these smartphone now, which includes:-

  • 22 free downloadable episodes of popular TV series, Blacklist, starting November 2014
  • unlimited music streaming with Akazaoo, the social media app, for 6 months upon activation
  • free 50GB of storage with Box
  • RM100 Qoo10 online shopping vouchers
  • real-time stock and financial information by Share Investor
  • RM15 off MyTeksi rides (up to 3 rides), with a total value of RM45
  • 3 free e-magazine titles from SPH Magazine’s library of over 20 titles, worth RM 30

That’s not all!

Every purchase will also enter you to be in the running for a lucky draw to win a Sony PlayStation®4 worth RM 1,799 if you head on down to the upcoming Sony roadshow:-

  • Date : 1 – 6 October 2014
  • Venue : 1 Utama Shopping Centre (High Street, Ground Floor)
  • Contest Entry : Present your warranty card as well as proof of purchase to participate in a lucky draw
  • Contest Prize : Fifty (50) lucky winners for the Sony PlayStation®4 worth RM 1,799.

At this Sony roadshow, Xperia Z3 Compact users will also receive a free bumper casing and Premium tempered glass protection worth RM 139 upon purchase at the roadshow. There will also be various promotions and freebies for other Xperia smartphones and accessories during the roadshow.

 

Don’t forget to check out the official Malaysian product page for Sony Xperia Z3 at http://www.sony.com.my/product/xperia+z3 and Sony Xperia  Z3 Compact at http://www.sony.com.my/product/xperia+z3+compact

 

BONUS : World’s First Unboxing Video

The hilarious folks at Carphone Warehouse decided to shoot the world’s first unboxing video for the Sony Xperia Z3. Considering the smartphone is the most waterproof phone in the market today, it’s pretty smart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIf9GdCzY_Y

Unfortunately though, this means the rest of the cables and adapters are pretty much screwed as they’re not waterproof. But still – good video!

 


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Sony Xperia Z3

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