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Sunday 21 September 2014

Sony enters smartphone wars with new Xperia waterproof handset

Published 03/09/2014 | 16:03

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Sony slashed its profit forecast due to weak sales and strong price competition (AP)
Sony slashed its profit forecast due to weak sales and strong price competition (AP)

Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone that it hopes will rival Samsung and Apple in the battle of the high end handsets.

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The 5.2-inch Xperia Z3 has a higher waterproof rating than previous models, capable of staying under a metre of water for 30 minutes without damage. Some of the phone's functions, such as its 21 megapixel camera, will work under water although the touchscreen becomes inoperative.

Sony has also beefed up the Z3's camera to include better performance in low light.

The company has also released a slightly smaller, 4.6-inch version of the same phone called the Z3 Compact.

The two handsets both include a 2.5Ghz quadcore processor, 3GB of Ram and 16GB of storage memory.

Sony is also touting the Z3's ability to act as a Playstation 4 games controller and as a 'second screen' to watch gameplay from a Playstation 4 console.

The company also launched two new smartwatches, the Smartwatch 3 and the Smartband Talk. The Smartwatch 3, which has a 1.6-inch square screen, uses Google's new smartwatch operating system rather than Sony's own system. The smaller, thinner Smartband Talk has a 1.4-inch rectangular screen that uses a monochrome e-ink screen rather than an LDC display.

Sony also unveiled a new 8-inch waterproof tablet, the Xperia Z3 tablet. The company claims that it is the thinnest, lightest 8-inch tablet on the market. Using the same internal power specifications as the Z3 handset, the tablet is expected to sell for around €400 in Irish shops in coming weeks.

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