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Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hit IFA, offer PS4 gaming

Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hit IFA, offer PS4 gaming

Sony has taken the lid off the new Xperia Z3 flagship range of smartphones and tablets at Berlin’s IFA, as it looks to make good on its recent resurgence in the gadget market.

Watch our Xperia Z video hands-on below

Still boasting the 5.2-inch Triluminous screen of the Z2, the Sony Xperia Z3 phone is slightly slimmer and 10 grams lighter than its predecessor, while retaining its industry-leading 20.7-megapixel camera, only with a wider 25mm lens.

So what else is new? Well, there's an increase in the handset's water and dust proof durability and more impact-resilient corners. But spec for spec, it's almost the same as the Z2.

Perhaps the most welcome addition is the PS Vita’s PlayStation 4 game streaming feature. That allows users to play PS4 games on the Z3 over WIFI using their console’s DualShock 4 controller.

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There are some sound enhancements too, with Hi Res audio playback for near-studio quality. This is down largely to Sony's upscaling Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) audio tech, which turbo-charges regular tracks for a much fuller, richer sound.

Keeping things ticking over is a quicker quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a battery that offers two-days use on a full charge. And as you might expect from a new flagship handset, it runs Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) out of the box.

Unveiled alongside Sony's big gun for 2014 was a smaller counterpart, dubbed the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. This has benefited from an upgrade from the Z2's 4.3-inch screen to a 4.6-inch 720p display, all while retaining almost the same pocket-friendly overrall dimensions as its forerunner.

Elsewhere, the Compact packs the same spec sheet as its big brother, the Z3.

That means you get the same beefy processor and the same 3GB of RAM, as well as 16GB of storage, a 20.7-megapixel snapper, PS4 games streaming, two-day battery life and rather stellar audio quality. All of which is packed into a device that's no bigger than the Z1.

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Sharing the Z3 name is tablet with a smaller screen than Sony has put out before, coming in at 8-inches. The Sony Z3 Tablet Compact is also waterproof, with the impact resilient corners of the other two Z3s and the option to stream PlayStation PS4 games.

All three of Sony's freshly baked gadgets are due out in autumn and come in some boss-looking colourways. We're super-keen on the copper and silver and green editions of the Z3 and the orange and green takes on the Z3 Compact.

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