After several years of complete and total domination by Samsung and Apple, a handful of rival device makers are finally starting to see some gains in the global smartphone market. Huawei and Lenovo have experienced some solid growth in recent quarters, and up and comer Xiaomi is among a handful of smaller Asian companies seeing big gains in that region. Meanwhile, Sony has continued to struggle despite launching several solid smartphones over the past couple of years.
The fall and the coming holiday shopping season are expected to be the hottest period in Apple’s storied history, with a record holiday quarter expected on the back of the iPhone 6, 5.5-inch iPhone phablet and iWatch. To combat the new iPhone 6, which is widely expected to quickly become the best-selling smartphone of all time, Sony plans to release a new flagship phone of its own — and the clearest photos we’ve seen of that new handset so far have just leaked.
Sony news blog Xperia Blog on Tuesday published the best photos we have seen so far of Sony’s next-generation Xperia Z3 smartphone. The phone isn’t very exciting to look at, with the same clean but relatively bland design we’ve seen on previous Sony smartphones. Inside, however, the Xperia Z3 is shaping up to be quite a contender.
According to previous rumors, the Xperia Z3’s specs are highlighted by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 5.2-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM, at least 16GB of internal storage, a 20.7-megapixel camera and Android KitKat. In addition, these newly leaked photos reveal that the phone will include a 3,100 mAh battery as well.
Several of the Xperia Z3 images follow below and the rest can be seen by following the link down in our source section.