First look at the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact?

By April Taylor , Jul 01, 2014 08:49 AM EDT

Some newly-leaked images claim to give the world a first look at the purported Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 compact, showing the devices side by side.

The two handsets look very similar in terms of design, with the purported Xperia Z3 Compact (or Mini) appearing as just a smaller version of its larger sibling. Otherwise, the images show the same design language, which suggests that Sony will be keeping its OmniBalance design with the upcoming hardware.

The images surfaced on Weibo and reveal what could be the front panels of a white Xperia Z3 posing for the camera alongside a black Xperia Z3 Compact, as well as a full shot of a white Xperia Z3. The design looks very similar to the current Xperia Z2, with slim bezels around the display and no radical changes overall.

At this point details are very scarce regarding these two purported smartphones, and it's all pure speculation for now. The timing of this leak, however, may suggest that Sony could be gearing up for an exciting unveiling at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, later this year.

On the other hand, not even the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact is official yet, which makes it odd that an Xperia Z3 Compact already surfaced. Sony could either launch the Xperia Z2 Compact and Z3 Compact just months apart, which could mean that the smaller Z2 should make an imminent debut, or it could skip the Z2 Compact altogether and push forward with the next-generation instead.

The leaked images offer no details on specifications, but some rumors did try to paint a picture of what the Xperia Z3 could bring to the table. Based on reports so far, the Sony Xperia Z3 could pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor paired with a hefty 3GB of RAM, and sport a high-end rear camera (likely a 20-megapixel shooter).

With no official confirmation so far, both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Mini remain in the rumor state at this point. As always in such cases, it is highly recommended to take everything with a grain of salt. We'll bring you more details as soon as they become available, so stay tuned.

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