Sony’s great white hope handset, the Xperia Z3, appears to have been hit by a screen glitch, as the phone-maker bids to forget the problems that beset its last flagship effort.
The Xperia Z2’s path to market was obstructed by manufacturing challenges that meant it failed to capitalise on the excitable notices it garnered at its launch at Mobile World Congress.
Sony will be hoping that an outbreak of Z3 screen problems, evidence of which turned up on O2 and Sony’s official forums and Android apostles’ choice of site XDA, don’t lead to a similar fate for its latest challenger.
According to XDA user Jadil, the glitch means that at seemingly random intervals he’s greeted with a “flickering screen” that "looks like an old TV with an [sic] signal”.
BushidoUK on the O2 site reports a similar experience, with the screen showing “colourful static for a split second and sometimes even longer”. This is apparently especially prone to happening when using the camera or watching video.
Customers affected by the problem seem to have had no problems securing a spanking new replacement phone, with evidence suggesting that the problem is a hardware rather than software or firmware glitch.
In the meantime, we’ve approached Sony for some sort of official confirmation as to the nature of the problem and the scale of it. We’ll let you know when we hear back.