Sony's never really been able to steal the spotlight from other Android phone makers, but it certainly won't stop trying. This time around, only six months after its last gadget launch, the Japanese company is pushing forth five new Android-powered devices, including two versions of its new flagship phone, a new tablets, and two smartwatches.
Two phones and a tablet
First up, Sony announced its third-generation of Android-powered smartphones, including the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.
The Xperia Z3 is merely a minor specification bump over its predecessor. It features a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 5.2 inch full HD display, and a 20.7-megapixel camera with Sony's Exmor RS for mobile sensor. It's essentially the same camera sensor in the Xperia Z2, except only it's supposed take improved low-light photography due in part to its incredibly high ISO sensitivity—up to ISO 12800. The Xperia Z3 will be coming to T-Mobile this fall.
The Xperia Z3 Compact is essentially a mid-range version of Sony’s new full-size flagship, and in a smaller size. It features the same camera technology and water/dust protection rating as its bigger brother, as well as a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB RAM, all sealed in tight behind a smaller, 4.6-inch 720p display.
PlayStation 4 fans who don't want to shell out for a PS Vita, take note: Sony has enabled PS4 Remote Play on these phones. The phone acts as a remote display for your PS4, and you use the PS4's controller to manage the action.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the last of the flagship bunch to get introduced at IFA, though this particular device is a bit of a change from Sony's usual norm. It's got an 8-inch, 1920x1200 display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of RAM. It's a mere 6.4mm thick and weighs 270 grams—less than a Nexus 7. Like the Z3 phones, it features PS4 Remote Play. It's quite similar to the 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z2, but we're glad to see Sony jumping on the smaller tablet bandwagon.
Be sure to follow along with us this week as we cover all of the relevant IFA 2014 announcements directly from Berlin.