At MWC 2014, Sony indicated that they thought the once-a-year flagship strategy was a dead-end for smartphone manufacturers. Living up to that prediction, even though Sony has just released the Sony Xperia Z2 and is still struggling to get it to the U.S. market amidst supply issues, a leak has already surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3.
According to the IT168 web site in China, Sony is going to give the Xperia Z3 a metal chassis and the exterior will receive a PVD coating. This should give the Xperia Z3 a mirrored stainless steel look. The PVD coating should provide more corrosion resistance, better impact resistance and better scratch resistance. The process is also more environmentally friendly than other manufacturing options like electroplating. The downside is that is is a more complex process, which may seem to be a slightly odd choice for Sony given some of the challenges they have experienced with the Xperia Z2.
Although these reports are still early, the Xperia Z3 will come with a 1080p display, perhaps a bit of a disappointment when so many devices seem to be aimed at the QHD standard. Otherwise, it should be a worthy contender packing a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20.7 MP rear-facing camera.
Sources put the release date as early as August. That would certainly make it to market in time to serve as Sony’s second flagship release of the year and would cover the second half of 2014.