This Week’s CC – Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6

xperia_Z3Rumours surrounding the Sony Xperia Z3 are gathering pace as we edge closer to the 3rd of September when it will be officially unveiled. Images of the Z3 appearing online suggest that the forthcoming new Sony flagship smartphone will sport a similar design to the Z2. However the Z3 looks like it will be even slimmer than the Xperia Z2 at just 7.35mm in depth and also a bit lighter weighing 158g. The Xperia Z3 also could be slightly more curved although it’s thought that the size of the display will remain the same coming in at 5.15-inches. The processor inside the Z3 is anticipated to be a more powerful 2.4GHz Snapdragon 801 chip although Sony could include the newer Snapdragon 805 CPU. One other upgrade could be the inclusion of a 5-megapixel front-facing camera compared to the 2.2-megapixel on the Z2.

Recent speculation concerning Samsung’s impending Galaxy Note 4 has centred around some very interesting new features. The large phablet come smartphone is also likely to make its debut on September 3rd at a event just before IFA begins in Berlin. As well as the grand unveiling in Berlin, the Note 4 will also be simultaneously be launched in New York and Beijing. It was originally thought that the Note 4 would come with a fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy S5 but the latest is that we could be seeing an exciting state-of-the-art Retina scanner along other new features including a UV sensor. The camera technology on the Note 4 is also predicted to impress with a 16-megapixel sensor which includes optical image stabilisation on the rear and a decent 3.7-megapixel on the front. Samsung are also expected to launch a new range of official accessories, one of which will be a special ultrasonic cover which will help the visually impaired to detect obstacles nearby.

It’s emerged that the iPhone 6 will have a significantly higher resolution screen than the iPhone 5S. This means that it will be possible to display more text, content and images on the iPhone 6 screen at the same time. There are also reports that the iPhone 6 is looking closer in design to the latest iPod Touch model rather than it’s iPhone predecessors with similar flat, slimline and sleek lines. Other expected design features include slimmer volume controls, a raised ring surrounding the rear camera and a scratch resistant logo. We’ve not got long to wait to see if all the speculation turns out to be accurate, keep an eye on our blog for the very latest news.

Prime Minister, David Cameron, is apparently a huge fan of BlackBerry smartphones. On BB’s blog, the PM is quoted as saying that ‘Wherever I am in the world, I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry’. It’s not just the Prime Minister who relies on his BB for business and to keep in touch with the world but also several other top-ranking government officials. BB is renowned for its high-level mobile security which of course is of critical importance to world leaders so it’s no surprise to hear that other BB users also include Barack Obama, the US president and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. You BB users certainly keep good company!