Sony Xperia XZ3 Might Feature 48MP Camera IMX 586; Benchmark Listing Reveals

The upcoming Sony flagship smartphone Xperia XZ3 could pack a 48MP camera on the back. This is by far the largest camera on a smartphone till date.


Sony Xperia XZ3, a premium flagship smartphone, could launch at the upcoming Sony event at the (Internationale Funkausstellung) IFA exhibition on August 30. Although the existence of the device is confirmed, the exact specifications are emerging slowly. The latest information about the device pertains to the camera unit on the back.

Sony usually packs the most powerful and impressive camera lenses on its smartphones, and the Xperia XZ3 is no exception. The device currently bears the model number H8416. Incidentally, the H8416 could be released as Xperia XZ3 or Xperia XZ 2s depending on the hardware revisions within the device. However, considering the camera unit, Sony is likely to brand the device as Xperia XZ3.

Sony Xperia XZ3 Could Pack a 48MP Camera Lens:

The upcoming Sony smartphone could pack a huge 48 Megapixel camera on the back. Also, Sony could deploy its latest powerful camera sensor, the IMX 586, within Xperia XZ3. Needless to mention, this camera sensor is the largest and the resolution the highest to be packed in a smartphone.

The 48MP sensor should offer some stunning photos. In fact, the IMX 586 sensor delivers super-high-resolution shots. Also, owing to the huge size of the sensor within, the camera can take in a lot of detail, which invariably boosts performance. In essence, the IMX 586 packing 48MP camera on Sony Xperia XZ3 could offer one of the best low-light images.

The IMX 586’s effective 48MP resolution easily tops Huawei P20 Pro’s 40MP. Nokia had managed to embed a 41MP camera in Lumia 1020. The significantly high resolution drastically improves daytime performance too.

Interestingly, the image sizes won’t be correspondingly huge, especially the ones taken in poor light. This is because Sony’s IMX 586 sensor combines the signals from four adjacent 0.8-micron pixels into one pixel. The Huawei P20 Pro too adopts the similar technique. In fact, Sony confirmed that the images will be equivalent to those taken from a 12MP 1.6-micron pixel camera at night. In simple words, the daytime images will have full resolution, but under low-light conditions, the sensor will use its combination technique to offer lower resolution images. Still, the images will be bright enough to pack a lot of details.

Sony Xperia XZ3: Specifications, Features

Although the Sony Xperia XZ3 will pack a 48MP camera, the flagship might feature only a single back camera. This goes against the common trend of premium smartphone makers packing dual cameras even on mid-range and budget devices. Nonetheless, even the single camera unit is effectively double the camera sensors of many premium smartphones that pack a dual camera lens on the back.

According to an e-commerce website listing, the Xperia XZ3 will have a 5.7 inches display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. Sony would undoubtedly slap Corning Gorillas Glass 5 or even Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the display. An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with Adreno 540 GPU could power the smartphone. The phone will be available with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Also, there’s a mention of a microSD card slot that could hold as big as a 400GB card. There’s no clear indication about the Android version on the Xperia XZ3, but we can safely assume that the device could run Android Oreo out of the box.

Sony has seldom packed big batteries in its smartphones, and the Xperia XZ3 is no exception. According to the MobileFun listing, the device will have a 3240mAh battery. Tech insiders indicate that the smartphone will support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging and offer wireless charging too.

Sony Xperia XZ3: Price, Availability

According to recent reports, Sony was to announce the Xperia XZ3 on August 30 during the IFA event. However, Sony has not confirmed the story yet. There are rumors of Xperia XZ4 as well, which could debut next year at MWC 2019. The price of the Sony Xperia XZ3 would be around £749.99 (Rs. 67,000 approx) when released officially. Although details about the device are still scarce, we will keep readers updated as new information emerges.