Sony has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Xperia Z3+, claiming the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810-powered Android Lollipop handset is its most advanced yet.
The Xperia Z3+ is a modest update to Sony's smartphone portfolio, and the majority of the changes are component upgrades.
Measuring 6.9mm thick, the only notable design changes are the micro-USB port's move from the top left, as it was on the Xperia Z3, to the bottom of the phone and the removal of the cap cover and magnetic charging pins.
Despite the removal of the cap, the Xperia Z3+ features the same IP65/68 dust and waterproofing certifications.
The biggest technical upgrade is the use of Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. This is the same one used by HTC in the One M9 smartphone and has been at the centre of several headlines in recent weeks.
Reports broke recently that Samsung and LG chose not to use the Snapdragon 810 for their respective Galaxy S6 and G4 handsets due to overheating problems. Both firms and Qualcomm have constantly denied this.
Sony made a big deal about the Xperia Z3+'s 20.7MP with Exmor RS rear camera, claiming that the addition of a Bionz mobile processing engine and a 25mm wide-angle G lens offer unparalleled imaging quality.
The firm claims that the Xperia Z3+'s Superior Auto shot mode can recognise up to 52 different situations and optimise the settings accordingly.
Thanks to the addition of a "new Gourmet mode" these reportedly include food photography settings.
The Xperia Z3+ will house a 5.2in Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 pixel IPS display with Sony's custom Triluminos and X-Reality technologies and come with a 2900mAh battery that Sony claims will offer two days of full use.
It will also feature Sony's custom battery stamina mode and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology for power users. One possible disappointment is the Xperia Z3+'s use of Android 5.0 Lollipop and not the latest Android 5.1 version.
Android 5.1 is not a milestone update, but does add a few useful features. These include stability and performance improvements, and a customer Device Protection security service that makes it easier to lock and unlock lost phones using a Google account.
The news comes just after Sony unveiled an Xperia Z4 handset in Japan. It is unclear when, or if, the Xperia Z4 will arrive in the UK.
It is also unclear when the Xperia Z3+ will arrive in the UK, although Sony has confirmed that it will launch globally "from June 2015". Pricing is yet to be announced.
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