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IFA 2018 | Sony XZ3 official with QHD+ OLED display and 'Side sense'

The Xperia XZ3 is the first from Sony with an OLED display. (Source: Sony)
The Xperia XZ3 is the first from Sony with an OLED display. (Source: Sony)
Sony has finally launched its first smartphone with an OLED display. The new XZ3 is also its most contemporary flagship design in some time, which should go a long way to giving the Japanese tech giant its first smartphone hit in years.

As widely anticipated, Sony has officially unveiled its most exciting smartphone in years. The new Xperia XZ3 is the first Sony smartphone to feature an OLED display (as we had previously surmised) and also features an innovative new feature the company is calling ‘Side sense.’ The design builds on the XZ2 released only about six months ago, but features a curved QHD+ display that finally puts it on the same playing field as its leading competitors.

The Xperia XZ3, like the XZ2, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 matched with 4GB of RAM. Storage is 64 GB with microSD support for up to an additional 512 GB. It incorporates a large 3,330 man batter with Qnovo Adaptive Charging to help maximize battery longevity. Importantly, the Xperia XZ3 is also one of the first flagship smartphones to ship with Android 9.0 Pie onboard.

While the star of the show is undoubtedly the new 2880 x 1440 6.0-inch QHD+ curved 18:9 OLED display with support for HDR, the new ‘Side sense’ function adds touch capabilities to either side of the smartphone. Unlike HTC’s implementation of the technology, Sony’s approach is more straightforward and doesn’t require a squeeze. It uses AI tech to anticipate which app you are most likely to want to switch.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 will go on sale at the end of September alongside the XZ2 range. Pricing is yet to be announced.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-08-30 (Update: 2018-08-31)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.