News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 25, 2014.
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We just received an invite to a behind closed doors Sony event that will take place in New York City on the 9th October. While there is no information on the exact nature of the event, it is called "In Demand" and is likely going to be used for Sony to roll out its current batch of smartphones in the United States.The invite states that Sony executives will be present, but there will be no live stream, which suggests this is low key and not a launch of a new product. However, it is nice to see Sony paying some attention to the US market, one it has often ignored and one it will need now that the company is focusing on high end devices. The likelihood is that the Xperia Z3 flagship and the Xperia Z3 Compact will be shown off and we will be given details of when they will launch in the US. Sony confirmed when it launched the devices at IFA earlier in the month that they would be heading to the States as part of a global roll out. Nothing has been confirmed about price or carriers, although T-Mobile has said it will be carrying the Xperia Z3. The Xperia Z3 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM, Sony's quality 20.7 megapixel camera with Exxmor sensor and extra-high ISO 12,800 light sensitivity (the most on any smartphone Sony says). It also has 16GB of on board storage and a microSD card slot. As for the Xperia Z3 Compact, that handset has a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, and IP65 waterproofing. It will also sport a 4.7-inch 720p IPS screen and will carry Android 4.4 KitKat and have the other features found on the full Z3. Recently the devices rolled out in other countries for pre-order, such as the UK, where they are available through some retailers for a knockdown price. Whether the US based devices will be subject to the same kind of thing is unlikely, but if they are then the Xperia Z3 range could gain some traction stateside. They are certainly good enough.
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