T-Mobile confirms the arrival of Sony’s Xperia Z3 in the fall

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On September 3, Sony took the stage at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, and offered up a whole new lineup of devices. That includes a new flagship with the Xperia Z3, the better-than-average Xperia Z3 Compact, the new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and even a new lineup of smart wearables to boot.

Following the official announcement of the Xperia Z3, one of the carriers that has worked with Sony for quite some time has done what many expected would happen, and officially announced support for the new flagship. T-Mobile, through a press release sent out after the unveiling, has confirmed it will receive the Xperia Z3 in the fall.

The new flagship device will be available through T-Mobile’s online presence, as well as in physical retail stores across the United States at some point later this year — but before the winter months kick in. Unfortunately, no exact dates were provided, and a price tag was not included in the announcement.  Specs were announced though, so we included a handful of them below!

  • 5.2-inch 1920×1080 TRILUMINOS display
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, ISO 3200 in manual mode
  • 2.2-megapixel front camera
  • IP65 and IP68 rated for resistance to dust and water
  • 3100mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB storage

Source: T-Mobile

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  • besweeet

    Another “DOES IT SUPPORT BAND 12?!?!” devices.

  • Looks like the rest…(Yawn)

  • thepanttherlady

    Not enough difference this time around to make me upgrade from the Z2.

    • David Lebron

      But big enough of an upgrade from the Z1 for me :) I’m liking the battery life claims, new ISO settings, and the screen brightness for better daylight viewing. I’m pumped!!

      • thepanttherlady

        If I thought the Z2 was an improvement over the Z1 then I can only imagine what kind of improvement this will be for you!!! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. :)

        • David Lebron

          I can’t wait!!! I’ll be sure to keep you updated :)

  • Schnazzy

    …but not the compact? Meh.

    • Hankp

      This. If I can get the Compact on the payment plan, it’s going to be awfully hard to resist. Especially if it has good low light performance as claimed. The Moto X is not so great in that area.

  • epsiblivion

    does it have microsd, and is there z3c coming as well?

    • thepanttherlady

      Yes it does. I don’t know about the compact version.

  • CWeb

    D6616 model supposedly coming with 32GB of storage per the fine print at the bottom of Sony web page.

    • GuyBorg

      I noticed that too, crossing my fingers it has the needed bands to run on ATT/Tmobile as well.

      • D6616 is T-Mobile’s model, so it’ll work.

        • jonathan3579

          I’m wondering if Sony will launch an unlocked model with 32GB. I have a feeling Sony will lock this bootloader down tight so it might not be possible to convert to the international model software.

  • fsured

    This is the upgrade I’ve been waiting for. Love my Xperia Z and haven’t impressed with anything since then. It will be a big jump for those of us still rocking the Z.

    • HERNANDOPEDRAZA

      Same here I have a Z with original 4.1.2 which has the least bugs so far. I don’t care for 4.5 or whatever is out there…

  • hanfeedback

    Cant believe they ruined this with 16GB storage, no phone should come with 16GB storage anymore, period.

    • EndlessIke

      Certainly not a “Flagship.” I suppose it doesn’t come with a card slot either…

      • Turb0wned

        It does come with an sd slot and they make a 32GB version as well.

        • Michael Tran

          can you show me where they have the 32gb model listed? My guess is that will be a model you’ll need to buy directly from Sony. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that it comes to t-mobile. :)

        • Turb0wned

          I think the website I read it from made a typo. Looks like it’s 16Gb but does have an SD slot capable of 128GB.

    • Matthew
  • sushimane

    Its so tempting but with the 801 chip set vs the 800 isn’t a big difference. I do like the fact the phone are waterproof, dust resistance and the 20.7mp. The big plus is the body design I guess I have to wait and see the review because I’m still liking my nexus 5.

    • Paul Garrison

      I’m stuck on the Nexus 5 as well.

      • sushimane

        The nexus 6 said be rocking a 5.2 qhd, 805 chip, 3gb ram ,12mp,2.1 front facing. That’s more worth the upgrade then the z3 in my opinion

        • Paul Garrison

          I’m just sitting back and waiting to see how all this shakes out over the nest couple months, then I’ll make a purchase.

        • sushimane

          Feel the same way bruh.

  • jimmiekain

    How about support for 700mhz? Did Sony or tmo indicate support?

    • keasycase

      Trying to figure it out now

    • David Lebron

      GSM Arena shows it supports the 700 frequency. Hopefully they’re right (they usually are) :)

  • bruce_leer0y

    If the z3c comes tmobile ill upgrade to that, if not….the note 4 it is. I want the edge but a phone like that needs a case and i can’t imagine there being to many cases readily available. Also i’m a righty : )

  • Jay J. Blanco

    If it has expandable memory in sold

    • substance

      Expandable up to 128GB :)

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Awesome I want this!

  • Mike

    I’d rather see the Z3 “COMPACT” come to T-Mobile. Perfect size (4.6″)and just as powerful.

    • CWeb

      yes, but I’d be happy with either one, I don’t think T-mobile will carry both.

  • Nurdface Gamerhandz

    Unless Sony fixed all the problems with the Z and Z1s no thank you, I’ll let it rot in the store room with the rest of Sony’s unreliable crap.

    • Mike Palomba

      What was wrong with them? I’ve never had a sony device so I don’t know

      • Nurdface Gamerhandz

        Charging port fails, they overheat, the battery fails, and those are just issues I’ve seen 3 or more times. All in all its a fairly unreliable phone. I see it for issues way more often than, say, the G2 or the HTC One, and both of those sold far more than the xperias.

        • thepanttherlady

          I’ve had none of these issues and I’ve owned the Z, Z1 and the Z2. I don’t purchase mine via T-Mobile so I don’t know if that’s what makes my case different, however, there other users of the Xperia line that comment in this blog that have positive experiences with Sony as well. Sorry you haven’t had luck with them.

        • sovpanda

          Idk about the z1/z2 but the z/zl had battery issues ranging from rapid consumption and dying

        • thepanttherlady

          My Z didn’t have those issues but again, I didn’t purchase mine through T-Mobile. I bought the international version.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Loving my Z2, too. Are you jumping to the Z3? (I’m not; not enough of a refresh for me. And I’m not made of money. Lol!)

        • thepanttherlady

          I wondered if I’d see you here. :)

          No, same as you it’s not enough of a refresh for me. If I was coming from the Z or Z1 then absolutely but the Z2 is too close in specs to drop more $.

        • Stone Cold

          I am jumping once it arrives :D

        • sovpanda

          It was the international or other version available

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          I personally had no bad luck with my Z1s. I’m just going by ones I see in my store on a day to day basis. I’m happy you got lucky with yours but I don’t feel comfortable buying or selling something with as high a failure rate as I’ve seen out of the Z series. Same reason I don’t own a Samsung.

        • Nathaniel Ily Jacob-Joshua Hud

          Sony has by far been my favorite manufacturer. 0 problems with my Xperia Z.

        • Stone Cold

          I have had zero of the issues mentioned by others and my was bought from T-mobile.

        • jason nusbaum

          My z1s is flawless! Had it since January and no issues. Waterproof is irreplaceable. Dont know if I can ever go back. I will be jumping to z3 for sure!!

    • AdamBath

      No problems with my Z1s in over 6 months of ownership.

      • james

        I had 5 z1s in house hold every one of them had waranty issues

    • David

      unreliable crap? I see and do far more Samsung warranties than any other phone out there. Plus the bloat ware that comes with samsung…I would choose a Sony or a LG any day over samsung. Plus this article fails to mention that it will work with the PS4 Remote play which is another plus!

      • Nurdface Gamerhandz

        Just because the S5 is the MOST unreliable phone we sell does not make the Z/Z1s a good phone by default. Second worst isn’t exactly a title to live up to.

        • David

          lol second? I have NEVER had a customer with issue you had. I would say Samsung tops the charts hands down. Next to samsung would be Alcatel which is understandable because tmobile only carries low end models. I hardly ever have to a warranty exchange on iphones, sony, Lg, htc or nokia.

        • krym73

          Lol you must be a iphone owner. ..ive had a Galaxy s4 and Galaxy Note3 since they were released and no issues, my wife’s s5 is holding up pretty good as well… plus i work at a T mobile location and yes i see some Galaxy warranty exchanges, but what you’d expect..its the best selling phone hands down.Nice try you Apple troll…oh yeah and i have yet to get a return on a Note device and can’t remember when was the last time i had to a warranty exchange on one.

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          I carry the G3, the iPhone 5S, and the Nexus, but nice strawmanning. I’ve had two S5s sent back with weird Chinese mold under the display glass, at least 4 with parts falling off returned within the 14 day, and numerous software issues, overheating, etc etc. its by far the worst phone we sell.

        • krym73

          Lol sure you do buddy, anyone whom is dumb enough to still carry a iphone must not really understand how android works and lags tech knowledge much (unless your one of those reviewers whom get a check from Apple to keep the sheeple brain dead), but yet again they always wanna claim neutral.gtfoh
          You must be another one of those Sales Reps whom know nothing about phones just get by because you know how to sell.
          Nice Try

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          Android developer since 1.1 and XDA senior member, but keep trying kid. I’ve got people from other districts sending customers to me for phone problems, but obviously I know nothing about Android because I like to carry multiple devices so as to know my products, sure.

    • Stone Cold

      How is it unreliable?

  • keasycase

    Does it come with 700mhz n-

  • Erick B.

    Tmo please pick up the z3 compact. I love the z1s but I need a phone that can be used easily with one hand

  • AdamBath

    Probably a locked boot loader too…

  • Chris

    Hopefully they will offer all the colors especially the green. Still rocking my Xperia Z with t-mobile tho

    • Lewis Mayes

      nope they only gone have it in black i want a white one tho i hate black phones

  • Bilesha Welton

    Sony, PLEASE make me a Windows Phone. Or its HTC One M8 with Windows for me. I’ll throw you a party!

    • james

      Htc is going to release htc m8 with windows look on internet tmobile

      • Bilesha Welton

        I know that already. I was saying that Sony should release a Windows Phone so I don’t have to get the HTC One M8 with Windows. Not that it’s a bad phone, I’d just prefer a Sony Windows Phone.

    • james
    • J Cav the Great

      HTC M8 WP on its way already.

    • IamDefiler

      A Z3 w/ WP would be very tempting.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Only 16 GB of storage? Say it ain’t so!

    Actually I might be able to live with it, but I’m using just over that on my G3…still, Band 12 support, and if I get a SHIELD Tablet, the games won’t be staying on the phone.

    Need a 5×5 launcher though. And a way to simulate KnockOn. :)

    EDIT: Never mind, looks like we only get black, but we get 32 GB: http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/09/03/xperia-z3-d6616-headed-to-t-mobile-us-will-carry-32gb-storage/ Hooray!

    • Moe

      tmobile get 32gb not the 16 gb

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        Yeah I just found that out and edited my post.

    • Nathaniel Ily Jacob-Joshua Hud

      But I want purple. I still have my original xperia Z in purple, it’s the reason I skipped the z1s. :(, guess I’ll hold my breath for the next nexus or something.

  • james

    Lousy specs for comming out this late z1s specs are similar lil less ill stick with g3

  • james

    The z1s new update was horrible sony has some work to do i liked but my new g3 kicks its but well everything but battery

  • kyle

    Waited and waited for the z2 took to long and bought the m8..now they pull this. Hippopotamus. :(

  • TmoIDFan

    I personally have had the Z1s, since it launched on Tmobile, and have nothing but praise for the phone. The performance is amazing battery life way beyond expectation. Not to mention an amazing camera that has allowed me to capture some amazing videos, and pics this summer at the beach and in the pool. Glad to see the Z3 coming to Tmobile.

  • qpinto

    as long as tmobile doesnt change the z3 any different from the international version id get it. the bootloader cant be impossible to unlock as well. and it needs to support band 12 LTE. I want it but give me those 3 things and ill throw money at the screen and not think twice.

  • Rob

    I have to say this is tempting. I just wish they had used the SD 805.

    Its not much of an upgrade from my M8 as it stands now. An extra gigabyte of RAM since my M8 is overclocked to 2.5 GHz anyway.

    I would honestly hold on to my M8 if it had volte and 700MHz support. Maybe the Note 4 will end my anti-Samsung streak.

  • sushimane

    I hope they bring the copper color I wouldn’t mind grabbing that just the fact its a unique color.

    • David Lebron

      Apparently they’re only bringing the black :/ I got a response from a Sony US Facebook monitor. Eh…all looks the same with a case lol

      • sushimane

        Lol true

      • Timmy G

        That’s awesome that you actually got a response back. I think I posted a question about what colors would be available via T-Mo on a few Sony YouTube and FB sites as well as a T-Mo site, but received no response.

        • David Lebron

          I was surprised myself lol. The post was still fairly new and I saw they were responding to various other comments so I took a shot in the dark. Still, it took them almost 2 days to respond but they finally came through :)

  • Timmy G

    I have been impatiently waiting for T-Mobile (or anybody) to just finally announce an official release date for this phone. Waiting to update from my Xperia ZL to this Z3. C’mon T-Mobile! Hurry up and release this phone. You already have the packaging for it…

    • David Lebron

      October 29th is the release date ;)

      • jonathan3579

        That’s a horribly late release date. :(

        • David Lebron

          It’s MUUCH better than the previous releases though and not too long after the rest of the world will get it.

    • Kevin

      What are the downsides (if any) to just buying international version now?

  • Angie

    Any body know about the Xperia Z3 Compact date??? My local store and the website is still no joy!