Sony Xperia Z3 launching on October 29, T-Mobile online pre-sale on Oct. 15

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T-Mobile, this morning, finally announced when it would begin selling the long-awaited Sony Xperia Z3. The device is set to land on store shelves and online on October 29th. It’ll be available with $0 down on EIP and 24 monthly payments of $26.25, that’s a full retail price $630.

But if you can’t wait until then, T-Mobile’s holding a special online pre-sale event on October 15 at 12:00am Pacific Time. So you could order your device and have it shipped to you before the official launch date.

Waterproof, super-slim and ultra-light design
Up to two days of battery life powered by a 3100mAh battery
Shoot videos in 4K with a 20.7MP rear-facing camera with Steadyshot™ technology and a 25mm wide-angle lens
Ultra-bright TRILUMINOS™ Display powered by X-Reality for mobile for vivid colors and an unrivalled entertainment experience
Superior sound with Hi-Res Audio, DSEE HX and Digital Noise Cancelling support
One of the first smartphones with PS4™ Remote Play

If you haven’t already, you can read my first impressions of the Z3 here. In short: It’s a great device. Battery life on medium/light use gets me through about 1.5 days to 2 days on a single charge. And that’s with a Moto 360 connected during the day. As with most Sony devices, we’re not expecting it to sell as well as phones like the Galaxy Note 4 or S5 will, but you should at least go check it out. It’s a fantastic phone.

You can register for updates on the Z3 here.

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  • brybry

    Steadyshot = OIS ?

    • LuvMusic

      Yes

    • Jephri

      no, it is digital, not harware, stabilization.

  • sushimane

    yes my next phone too bad no copper color scheme.

  • droidcando

    Yes! But 12:00am PST? Ugh, I’m in the north east. That’s a real late night to be one of the first preorders…

  • VG

    Band 12?

  • Nurdface Gamerhandz

    Oh boy, another phone to have ridiculous warranty issues.

    • jonathan3579

      Here we go again, troll.

      • Nurdface Gamerhandz

        If by troll you mean one of the poor sales reps who has to deal with poorly made devices, yes.

        • jonathan3579

          No, you’re definitely a troll. I’ve seen you post on these Sony posts with the same crap you’re spewing here. Anyway, the Z1s and the Z3 are very different devices. A good rep doesn’t go around spewing misinformed information like you are here.

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          Yeah that’s what they said about the z1s over the Z and I didn’t see that either. Keep in mind I owned both devices and had rampant issues with both, and I’ve got quite a few customers on their second or even third Xperia because the charger port failed, the phone overheats, the software fails, etc

        • jonathan3579

          The Z1s was not an improvement over the original Z. You’re comparing Sony’s older handsets which are well-known to have lacked in many different areas. They have stepped up their game. Trust me.

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          No thanks. I’ll trust my experience over one person who may have gotten a lucky problem free device. Maybe in 6 months when I don’t see any Z3s having major issues, I’ll suggest it. Until then, I’ll continue pitching phones that work and that have a decent track record of not failing as a group.

        • Brandon Dean

          Most people have problem free devices. Have fun not getting the phone. But as for reality, and for the tons of people who had no issues with Z series phones (myself included) I am looking forward to my new device.

        • thepanttherlady

          I had the Z, the Z1 (not Z1s) and now the Z2. If specs were far different between the Z2 and the Z3 I’d be upgrading to that one. I agree, Z3 and Z1(s) are very different devices.

        • jonathan3579

          I know I’m probably in the minority here but I’ll definitely pick up the Z3 if there’s a way to put the international firmware on there. Sony has picked up their quality but they don’t seem to do too well with T-Mobile’s software. (Update wise, I mean.)

        • thepanttherlady

          And that’s such a shame (update wise) because these are beautiful phones.

        • jonathan3579

          Agreed. I’ll never forget that feeling I got when I held the Z2 in my hands for the first time. The cool feeling of glass and metal was unlike anything I’ve ever handled before. I really want Sony to be successful here in the US.

    • Stone Cold

      What warranty issues do you speak of?

  • Stephen

    Will you be able to do a jump upgrade during the pre-order period.

    • droidcando

      I think Tmobile let people do that for iphone 6 upgrades and I was able to attempt to do a jump upgrade for the note 4 so I assume we should be able to use JUMP for the Z3.

    • JamesG

      You can

  • Jarobusa

    So for the 15th ordering, we just go to the web site? Is there a special URL?

    • Cam Bunton

      Go to the link in my post, it should change to show that you can order as soon as it’s live.

    • Cam Bunton

      Go to the link in my post, it should change to show that you can order as soon as it’s live.

  • Arjun

    Any launch offer like save $100 ps4 bundled with Xperia z1s?

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    I want it…it’s going to show up right before I leave on a business trip though, which could be…interesting. I can probably cut over during the weekend though.

  • Stephen

    I guess I’ll be setting an alarm for 2:45 in the morning :).

    • JamesG

      Its not going to sell out like an iPhone…

      • Stephen

        Probably not, but knowing my luck they are only offering a limited number for the “pre-sale” and I would miss out on it.

  • Bradley Smith

    What about the Z3 Compact? – for those of us that don’t like such a large phone

    • jonathan3579

      You can purchase it unlocked from Sony’s online store.

      • Alex Long

        The bad part is an unlocked phone won’t support T-Mobile specific features like Wifi calling or VoLTE. Unless that functionality is baked into the Android L kernel in the future…

        • JamesG

          Wi-fi calling is understandable but VoLTE should work

  • vinnyjr

    The Z3 IMO is a better device than the SGS5, it has a better design with great looking hardware. The Z3 has 32gb of int storage with sd-card support, to me int storage is huge, no top of the line device should have under 32gb of int storage with or without sd-card support. My only complaint about the Z3 is the lack of color choices. I want the Z3 in white, hoping this phone comes in white.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Wish it had a IR blaster. I’ll run to the tmobile store. But overall stellar phone

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Confirmed to have volte and have 12?

    • JamesG

      Yes

  • Ordeith

    Sony.. making an app to transfer from WP to Android, instead of just making a phone with WP. The hardware is nice, Sony, pair it with a nice OS.

    • Brandon Dean

      LOL they already have. Virtually no one would buy it if it were a Windows phone.

      • Ordeith

        Funny, I thought it was running Android.

        • Brandon Dean

          I see what you did there. This phone would be dead in the water if it ran windows phone. No one would buy that except for some of the few dozen vocal WP fans, such as yourself.

  • so where

    Too late. Im going with the Note 4?

    • Josh Thompson

      That is exactly what I’m doing, Sony, T-Mo or whomever, waited too long for this release, I’ve lost interest. So I pre-ordered the Note 4. I remember when the Z3 was first announced Sony said the Z3 would be released at the same time in all markets around the world, that wasn’t true.

      • so where

        I already wanted the multi window support anyway. We tried lol. But i cant wait till end of month.

        • Josh Thompson

          If the Note 4 hadn’t been around I would have waited. The reviews and rep demos I’ve seen are mostly what convinced me to get the Note 4. The Z3 is a great phone, I just realized the Note 4 is better for me, and seems to be a better device in general.

    • TouchWiz is horrible, and the Sony Ui is miles ahead.

  • skywalkr2

    I think i found my new Jump device. I am skipping Note 4. The note is a great device, but since I do not use the pen… wasting money.

    • Agreed.

    • JamesG

      It has better specs than the z3 so i dont see how its wasting money….

      • skywalkr2

        The Z3 has better specs than the Note 3 which I have. The specs of the note 3 are just fine. It runs fast. 801 vs 805 isn’t really a selling point for me. Also I cannot tell the difference (most of the time) between 720p and 1080p on a 5 inch device. So QHD is overkill for me. And I don’t use the pen. So $31.50 a month vs $26.50 a month. I’ll take the waterproof one that has the great battery life.

  • LTE_AllCarrier_Compatible

    The only Z3 model that supports bands 2, 4, and 12 is model number D6616. It does not support any other LTE bands and is therefore useless as far as I can see if you want a phone that can be used on alternative carrier LTE bands. I assume if Verizon ends up offering the Z3 it will be D6603 which includes band 4 and 13 (as well as TMo’s bands 2 & 4) but no band 12.

    Another good phone that still does not offer full cross carrier compatibility.

    • jonathan3579

      Did you miss the Z3v that was announced for Verizon?

      • LTE_AllCarrier_Compatible

        The model numbers and specs I am referring to are from Sony’s Z3 White Paper September 2014. I believe these specs are accurate. Verizon can call it what ever it wants to, there is only one model of the Z3 that offers band 13 in addition to Verizon’s other LTE bands and that is the Z3 D6603.

        • The Verizon Xperia Z3v is basically a rebadged Z2 that also has custom bands. It supports LTE bands 4 and 13, with LTE bands 2, 3, and 7 disabled in software.

          The Sony Xperia Z3v is model D6708.

        • sushimane

          That’s what I say too.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      I’m OK with that

  • Evannavw

    Do you know if T-Mo is going to make Sony replace the metal with plastic like they did with the Z1S? Verizon is making Sony change the Z3V to plastic as well. I own an unlocked Z1 (which is outstanding) and plan to replace it with a “real” Z3.

    • AdamBath

      We’re getting the real Z3, as far as I know.

    • TechHog

      The metal on the Z1s was replaced because the Z1 had reception issues. If the Z3 is fine in that regard, we’ll get the normal version.

    • Atikus

      It is aluminum on the outer frame just like the global

  • TechHog

    I heard that it was going to be $800. But $630? Sounds good to me! I know my next phone!

    • sushimane

      The unlocked one was 669.99

      • zp

        Where do you find this one? Will it work on T-Mo and AT&T?

  • Laststop311

    This is a really nice phone. Some of the best battery life available in a 5″+ smartphone. Even with really heavy use and tons of stuff updating in real time it gets over a full day and with moderate use you can easily pull 2 days and if you are purposefully trying to get the very maximum out of it and have all features turned off except calling and texting you can get over 3 days.

  • Does it have 32gb internal and 3gb of ram?

    • duhvid

      Yes.

  • Sniper1087

    I am still debating between this and the HTC one M8 or if possible HTC Desire Eye, which has 13 MP front and back camera, plus all the other benefits, any recommendations would be appreciated.

    • moony

      I ended up ordering the M8. I don’t think the Desire Eye is headed to T-Mobile. But even if it were, personally, the waterproofing and 13MP cams weren’t enough for me to ignore the lack of IR (I surprisingly use this a lot), and smaller battery. It’s also really tall!

      Switching from a Verizon Note 3, I also wanted to downgrade in size (I.e., no to Note 4), and Sony’s Z3 just doesn’t do it for me. (I feel like HTC offers better software and upgrade support.)

  • Once again, their site is down nowt that it’s time to order. crazy

    • Arjun

      is it live on my.t-mobile yet?

      • Yes, started at 2am PDT. It was working right before that, because I was logged in. Now it’s down…

        • hruben5 .

          do you need a t-mobile account to pre-order?

        • Arjun

          i don’t see a this phone on the list of “new” phones on t-mobile website yet or on the list of “shop all phones”

        • Arjun

          it’s not live………. grrrrrrrr… if i click add a line, only the iphones and galaxy note 4 show up on “new”… Seems like the 1.5 year old pre-owned original xperia Z is the only sony device available

        • Dave

          2am PDT isn’t for another hour though

        • Huh lol. What are you talking about? I’m CST, and 12AM My time is, 2AM PDT TIME. You might wanna check that out. Just saying.

        • Dave

          Yeah, don’t know what he’s saying. I’m refreshing and not seeing anything but the notification page. Can’t call customer care until 3am PDT so that doesn’t help either. Why can’t anything work when they say it will..

        • Dave

          No, you are ahead of PDT, not behind. 12am CDT is 10pm PDT…

    • Arjun

      what does pre-registration mean? i still haven’t gotten an email stating it’s available.
      Same thing happened with iphone 6. I pre-registered and the email arrived at least 12 hours after it went live

      • That doesn’t mean anything lol. T-Mobile hit me on Twitter and told me I could buy at 2am PDT. Also, I too have the iPhone 6, and I preordered as well. Same thing happened, you don’t need to wait on an email.

        • Arjun

          free marketing info about myself for them…… i gotta stop pre-registering

        • Their servers are the issue…that’s all.

        • hruben5 .

          Do you need to be a current t-mobile customer to pre-order, i want to switch to t-mobile with the sony z3 =

        • To preorder I think you do,

        • hruben5 .

          Ok…thanks for the reply guys.

        • Arjun

          call customer care or visit a store tomorrow. that’s the only way to pre-order it seems. website is down as of now

  • SiLenTuce808 .

    So what did anybody order yet?

    • Laurence Lagnese

      if you want to do the jump plan they recommend you go to the store
      it will not be shipped till oct 28 as per my customer rep

      • SiLenTuce808 .

        Yea man just checked it out right now and the phone is ready for pre-order but when I try to use upgrade with jump the Xperia z3 ain’t in the selection list? Man.. I guess I stayed up for nothing. I guess I’ll go to the store n check it out.

      • Farru

        What’s the point of pre-order if it won’t be shipped sooner? I should have waited for it to come to the store then! :-(

    • Yes

  • droidcando

    Did I miss it? I was up at 3am EST and the notification page didn’t let me order. Just checked it and it says still, “Coming October 15”

    • droidcando

      Nevermind, I got it. Whooo!

      • Stephen

        Did you use jump? I’m seeing it available, but when I go to jump upgrade it’s not in the list.

        • droidcando

          Yep. I just logged in, then selected “upgrade my phone” and picked the Z3. Worked like a charm. Hoping that I’ll get lucky and it’ll arrive 10/27.

        • Farru

          I would like it 10/24 :/ I can’t wait!

  • qpinto

    I dont see anything in the specs sheet saying it supports band 12. can anyone confirm?

  • I stayed up last night, but couldn’t get it. But, was able to get it this morning. It will arrive before the 29th, very excited.

  • Stephen

    Has anyone been able to do a jump upgrade? I’ve been trying all morning and can’t do it.

    • tranceformer978

      I tried using my Jump Upgrade also. Got an error on the checkout page. Also, this now appears on the Xperia Z3 Jump page: “This product is backordered. Shipment will be delayed.” I think I’ll just get it at the T-Mobile store in two weeks.

  • Ever

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but if you preorder XPERIA Z3 you get the game Drive Club for PS4 free.

  • Robert Montoya

    Softcard? WiFi calling?

  • Clifford Haight

    Neither, can we get a decent windows phone or blackberry. Where is the customer choice!?

  • mrpickem

    Got Note 4 and it’s pretty awesome. Not worth $800 imo. Sammy screwing me around on trade-in offer. Will probably end up returning the GN4. LG G3 is badass for only $400-450 on secondary market.

  • James

    Nexus 6 absolutely.

  • KeepingITSimple

    Hands down going with the Z3!

  • Nevsky2

    Staying with the OnePlus

  • SHON

    I hoped that G will follow tradition of reasonable pricing for Nexus line. However, I was extremely disappointed. I advice to everyone to buy Nexus 5, OnePlus One or Z Ultra GPE. All the phone mentioned in the article doesn’t offer anything to justify such high price. If you like big, nothing can beat the price Sony Z Ultra GPE : http://www.expansys-usa.com/sony-z-ultra-google-play-edition-unlocked-lte-16gb-black-263504/
    I bought one recently myself, after I got used to it size became very happy with my phone.

  • Adam

    Mine just updated to backordered this morning. Anyone else seeing that? Is it standard?

    • Ever

      Mine says backordered too.

  • They just charged my card, so they should be getting ready to ship it. WooWoo!

    • Farru

      My card was charged today as well but when I called them they said it will ship in next 7-10 days

  • Mine shipped today! Woohoo!!

  • echorelay

    Lucky! I pre-ordered last Wednesday (new account) and the site still shows Order status: Being Processed. Fingers crossed it changes soon.

  • jason nusbaum

    Mine shipped today but is said to arrive on the 30th?! Thought pre orders were supposed to come before in store release day(29th)

  • Just wanted to give y’all a heads up that the Z3 is shipping and I just got mine today. Hype!

  • Seth

    mine shipped yesterday, but somehow didn’t ship 3 days, tho they didn’t charge my card, so hell, I’ll just wait until Monday.. it’s chilling in IL right now

  • neospade44

    I pre-ordered my wife’s Z3 on 10/22 with standard shipping. Shipped out 10/23 and expected to arrive late 10/28/14. F-yeah!

  • teainfinity

    why only in black? WHY?????!!!!!!