Sony unveils Xperia E3, Z3 series, SmartBand Talk & SmartWatch 3 at IFA

Sony has just announced at IFA 2014 the mid-range Xperia E3 smartphone; Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact phablets & Z3 Tablet Compact tablet; as well as its new SmartWear gadgets – SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3.

Update (16 September, 2014):

The slew of products announced during IFA 2014 were showcased at the Xperia Z3 SEA launch event in Singapore.

Local pricing and availability below.

Model / RRP Availability
Xperia Z3

$998

Pre-order on week of 22 September 2014.

Launch on 4 October 2014

 

Xperia Z3 Compact

S$798

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

S$TBA

Price and availability to be announced closer to launch date.
Xperia E3

S$298

SmartBand Talk

S$228

End Oct 2014
SmartWatch 3

S$298

The Sony Xperia Z3 series and SmartWear devices. (The Xperia E3 is not shown above - see below).

The Sony Xperia Z3 series and SmartWear devices. (The Xperia E3 is not shown above – see below).

Sony has rolled out a slew of new gadgets – from premium flagships to novel SmartWear devices, whilst keeping an eye on the budget conscious mid-range.

Xperia Z3 series phablets/tablet

All three new members of the Xperia Z3 series run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPUs and 3G RAM, with fully integrated Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU.

The Xperia Z3 is 7.3mm thick and is available in white, black, copper or silver green. The Xperia Z3 Compact is 8.6mm thick and weighs 129g, and is available in orange, green, white or black. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (not shown here) is available in white or black.

The Xperia Z3 is 7.3mm thick and is available in white, black, copper or silver green. The Xperia Z3 Compact is 8.6mm thick and weighs 129g, and is available in orange, green, white or black. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (not shown here) is available in white or black.

They are waterproof and dust-tight (IP 65/68)

The Xperia Z3 flagship phablet comes only six months after its Xperia Z2 predecessor.

The screen is of similar size to the Z2 at 5.2 inches, but the Z3 is smaller, thinner and lighter.

Together with the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Z3 has a 20.7-megapixel camera with 1/2.3-inch “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor, new 25mm “G Lens” and ISO 12800 sensitivity.

A dual SIM variant is also on offer in select markets.

The Xperia Z3 Compact phablet is a smaller version of the Xperia Z3 but with the same CPU and graphics chip.

It is a replacement for the Xperia Z1 Compact. Its 4.6-inch screen is larger than the 4.3 inches in the Z1 Compact.

Sony claims that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact tablet is the world’s slimmest and lightest compact tablet, at 6.4mm thick and 270g weight.

It features an 8-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS.

Xperia E3 mid-range smartphone

The Xperia E3 sports a 4.5-inch 480 x 854 IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and Adreno 305 graphics, with 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage.

The 4G LTE smartphone has a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3MP front camera combo, and is powered by a 2,330mAh battery.

A dual SIM variant is also available.

SmartBand Talk & SmartWatch 3

SmartBand Talk is a lifelogging wearable featuring a curved 1.4” e-paper display of your Lifelog activities, notifications and to tell the time.

Sony Xperia E3 mid-range Android smartphone.

Sony Xperia E3 mid-range Android smartphone.

A built-in microphone and speaker, combined with a short call function, lets you talk into it and hear your caller.

You can also assign your own sounds to life bookmarks and use your voice to carry out specific smartphone operations (SmartBand Talk Voice Control will be available at launch, initially supporting Japanese, UK and US English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).

New built-in accelerometer and altimeter sensor technology provide an accurate overview of your daily physical activity.

The waterproof (IP68 rated) design is available in black at launch, with further colours available later in the year.

The SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s latest “smartwatch”, and the first specifically designed for the latest Android Wear updates in close collaboration with Google.

Sony SmartWear devices: SmartBand Talk (left) and SmartWatch 3 (right).

Sony SmartWear devices: SmartBand Talk (left) and SmartWatch 3 (right).

It organises your information, suggests what you need, and shows it to you before you ask.

SmartWatch 3 also offers standalone functionality with the built-in Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro and GPS sensor technology providing more accurate, more powerful lifelogging.

SmartWatch 3 sports a 1.6-inch 320×320 transflective display, set within a stainless steel core unit that is waterproof (IP68 rated), and is available in Classic (black) and Sport (lime) editions, with extra colour straps available in pink and white.

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3 Responses to “Sony unveils Xperia E3, Z3 series, SmartBand Talk & SmartWatch 3 at IFA”

  1. Satwinder Kaur says:

    Smartwatch version THREE already?! They must have started early!

    • tech4tea says:

      Yes they did. Sony’s very innovative in terms of coming up with new concepts. Their SmartWatch (1) was one of the very first to get out to market. The other makers only really paid attention when rumours about Apple coming out with one started circulating.

  2. Brenda Gould says:

    I’m always getting my mobile wet so I’ve always been using the Xperia cos’ it’s water proof!

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