Further evidence to support T-Mobile Xperia Z3 rumors

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We’ve had an inkling for a few weeks that the unannounced Sony Xperia Z3 is on its way to T-Mobile. An early SAR report filed with the FCC had indicated a possible compatibility with T-Mo’s band 12 A-block spectrum. Making it one of the first devices to launch with 700MHz-friendly antennas built in. It would join the already-launched Galaxy Avant and Galaxy Tab 4. But then, some inconsistencies in the report threw a spanner in the works, making us uncertain of its A-block capability.

While we’re still uncertain on the 700MHz thing, what we do know is that the Z3 (or whatever this Sony device is) is being tested on bands supported by T-Mobile. These new test reports were only published today and indicate testing on 3G/4G band 5 (850MHz), band 2 (1900MHz) and band 4 (1700/2100 MHz) as well as LTE band 12 (700MHz), band 2 (1900MHz) and band 4 (1700/2100 MHz). It’s such a specific combination of networks being tested, that the logical conclusion is that it’s being tested on T-Mobile, and could therefore be released on the Magenta carrier, perhaps explaining why the company never picked up the Z2.

Sony, like Samsung, has built up something of a tradition of announcing products on the Wednesday before IFA kicks off each September. Samsung’s already sent out invites to what we presume is the launch event for the Galaxy Note 4. Sony then can’t be far off sending out its own for the Z3 announcement. If it’s as good as the Z2 – or better – you guys are in for a treat. I’ve been using the Z2 as one of my main devices for the past couple of months, and it’s easily one of the best devices I’ve had.

Source: FCC

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  • Verizonthunder

    I hope they get the 700mhz frequency

  • sushimane

    Can’t wait to see the final proto type. This could be my new phone nothing against the nexus 5

    • jimmiekain

      I’m with you bro. After I got the nexus4 I decided I would only get nexus phones from now on. Then I got the Nexus5 and I live it but I wanna be able to use things like WiFi calling and volte so if I have to get a carrier branded phone, this will probably be it for me.

      Can’t wait to see it in person.

      • sushimane

        Lol me too volte and WiFi calling is whatever I just want to play with the Sony software I had from HTC Samsung lg. Never had Motorola or Sony.

  • Roland Alamo

    but when will Z1S get the 4.4.4 update ? Even Canada has it now…

    • pbxtech

      You might have to wait a long while…

      I’m surprise they release 4.4.4 on the Z Ultra almost 2 most ago.

      The decommissioned Xperia Z still waiting any sort of update. For some reason there’s some quirks with the Sony’s wifi calling feature that I didn’t like, so retired the device early and got the Note 3 instead.

      I would be wall-huger if not for the ZeroLemon Slim Juice external pack for the Z-Ultra. Use this device as a constantly.

      • Matt Pankey

        Actually, the Z went from 4.1 to 4.2.2 then 4.3. However, there’s really no reason for it not to have gotten 4.4.2.

  • Michael Amaral

    Interesting indeed. Hopefully it is 700MZh compatible, that way it can be future proof at least for a little while.

  • detbradlee

    The report doesn’t just say 700MHz, but specifically calls out BAND 12 repeatedly. AT&T promised last year that they would also start featuring BAND 12 devices instead of 17. In either case, this does appear to be one of the first.

    • Cam Bunton

      It’s true. It’s in the SAR report where it mentions specific frequencies that it’s apparently a little off T-Mo’s particular band 12 flavors. If I was to bet, I’d say yea, band 12 is likely.

      • Guest

        not likely. 100% definite.

        • enkay1

          It isn’t definite at all. The SAR reports say that its band 12 downlink compatibility starts at 704 MHz and ends at 711 MHz. T-Mobile’s A block downlink starts at 698 MHz and ends at 703/704 MHz.

        • detbradlee

          B12 Downlink is 728-746, Uplink is 698-716
          Transmit from device = UPLINK.. 704-711MHz transmit range.

          so, while it does state B12, you are right that this doesn’t look like a TMo phone.

      • detbradlee

        There is now another report listed “Test Report – LTE Band XII v2” which states a transmit range of 699-716, making it fully compatible across all B12 blocks.

  • meir cohen

    כל הכבוד לצה”ל

  • jake

    Smaller bezels please!

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Welp, T-Mobile sent me a text to congratulate my one year of service today. Guess what phone I’ll be financing? C’mon take a guess.

  • Matt Pankey

    I’ll never buy a one off device from T-Mobile again after the lack of support for the previous Xperia T-Mobile models.

  • GeneralThade

    I want to get Xiaomi phones in the states.