Xperia Z3 (D6603) passes through the FCC

by XB on 16th July 2014

in Rumours, Xperia Z3 series

d6603The handset expected to be known as the Sony Xperia Z3 has passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US. The particular variant being testing was the D6603 with FCC ID of PM-0800-BV. We know these two relate to each other given an earlier certification from TUV Rheinland.

The documents itself do not reveal much, apart from the schematics below and a couple of software builds being tested in the form of 23.0.D.0.100 and 23.0.A.0.204. If we stumble across any juicier finds from the FCC on this upcoming flagship we’ll let you know.


Via Blog of Mobile.

Thanks Ben!

  • alex971

    Who is Ben??? ^_^

  • xperiaDROID

    Seriously? You don’t know him?

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  • Yamineko??


  • Adam

    Any sign of built-in Qi wireless charging? If this has that in addition to a super-sensitive touchscreen, being waterproof and dust-resistant and having PlayStation Mobile support, this could be the perfect phone.

  • Kurt Kobaine

    Ben ling

  • techielover

    How eager is sony to release one after another flagship phones in a short interval of time!!
    neither it will value people who bought z1 6 months ago and z2 3 months ago its just plain strategy of wooing customers to add some bunch of software featuress and a tad higher processor lol!!

  • Borat

    It’s the same frame from leaked pics. At this point only thing that could save this is a nice audio chip imo. Other than that z2 in an uglier body won’t cut it. Sony is getting boring.

  • MasterYoda

    Comments like this are getting boring!

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  • be fucking move? bullshit!!!

    Who the fuck said that the z3 will come with new design…. So bored now, Sony has no new wow factor, no new innovation, no new design, just bigger phone and newwer chipset.

  • rus_media

    Blind fanboys are boring too…

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  • So are passive-aggressive internet posts.

  • Bur

    No, those are very exciting hehe

  • Amir

    you’re laughable at best. we barely know anything about z3 features. sony will surely make the z3 worth buying for people who needs a new phone.

  • J-ROD

    I think people are expecting a little too much. A 6 month cycle isn’t long enough to produce a major difference over handsets. Like z to z1 wasnt massive same as z1 to z2. But compare z to z2 and then the differences are much more noticeable. I think the 6 month cycle is a good idea considering people’s contracts are finishing all the time.

  • Amir

    we barely know anything about z3 feature. sony will surely make it worth buying for people who needes a new phone. people need a brain.

  • Jordy
  • xperiafan324

    To be honest, all Z series phone frames look similar in FCC pics.
    I think xperiablog would be better off digging through TENAA (China’s cellular device certification authority) documents for more on the alleged z3, since China is where the leaks originated.

  • xperiafan324

    I sure hope so. Honestly a better amp, OIS, and wireless charging could actually be enough to make this a worthwhile upgrade from Z1 or Z.

  • ryq24

    So does that mean price for Z2 will go down already?

  • Jim

    The problem is the fanboys are expecting it to be a huge leap from the Z2 so they can have an excuse to upgrade.. It’s not going to be with a 6month cycle. But like you say, they will surely make it worthwhile for the people looking to upgrade from older devices than the Z2.

  • RealityCheck2013

    Not sure about this every 6 months or so for a New flagship ‘Z’ phone :-/ Yearly seems better for a flagship phone(like Apple & Samsung do) Oh well, can’t wait to see what it does erm a bit better than the Z2 then :D

  • Kunorishi

    Z1 and Z2 have Sony Lens G
    Z3 should have Lens G and Bionz x processor then I’m sure it will beat the Iphone and Samsung 100%

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  • Amir

    sane people don’t upgrade their phone every half a year, not even every year, actually not even every years unless they get super amazing deal. there is no reason to upgrade phone less then 3 years. some people have their phone for 4-5 years easly.

  • hiding the fc numbers etc inside the phone was one of the best things sony ever did i havn’t seen any other company caring about that

  • MasterYoda

    Good that you comment about yourself..

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    PhoneArena said that the FCC papers included an infra-red transmitter, so that’s sort of cool..I guess

  • Same design with new/improved/updated features. That is exactly what I want. Nothing else.

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  • Bore-at

    Ooh look at that my boring comment has started a debate. At least I don’t ask any money for my next flagship comment with bore-me-nium frame. Sony is playing for the mass market I get that and I am not mass market that’s all.

  • Borat

    I just meant these. ;)

  • Borat

    Yeah, that’s nice. They were putting it to japan versions now they finally got it, I guess. Not a must-have feature for me though.

  • Flavio Lemos

    looks like a good phone! I like sony products. Some times with some problems but everything fixable. Just depressed with the news that sony vaio is history. WTF man! Why sony did that? Always bought vaio computers. Im pissed of with sony now! WTF!

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  • jag

    this happens all the time. they criticize it during the leak periods but then turns to a praising wow when the phone gets launched. crazy boring people.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Yeah that’s just silly making things better for your home country. Apple don’t pull shit like that

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  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    He might not even be a blind fanboy, he could just like the new rounded edges. Which should feel much better in the hand than the sharp edges on the previous Z phones.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I agreed, but was little disappointed that there wasn’t a new design change. But the rounded edges and flat surface might play well with each other for a better feel in the hand

  • Me

    Will wait for Sony Xperia devices with SD805/SD810 for a real upgrade.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    The Z1 had way better upgrades over the Z. Slightly better screen, better design, better camera, higher IP rating including a water resistant earphone jack, and current chips to better increase performance. You don’t give it enough credit, of course the Z2 has a more substantial upgrade, but at that time no one knew Sony would release a flagship 6 months later.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Just one more thing I’m the design department that Sony delivers in. It’s not a big deal, but it definitely looks better slapping on the back

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Prolly only though a case or something. I’m suspecting that because they left the charging pins. Of course that is if the “leaked” photos are real

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  • rvjaywaks

    z1 and z2 already have Bionz x processor

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  • Stanley08

    Passive Aggressive?! LEL! STFU!

    Now dats Passive Aggresive! :p

  • Stanley08

    I’m I the only one who thinks Z3 has a better design?!

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  • Guest

    samsung is exactly SHIT

  • doom guy

    I just one important question: Will it use the 805 processor?

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Please, no OIS.. We’ve already seen that OIS sucks on G3 and HTC One M7… Sony has way better digital stabilisation than optical stabilisation.. No arguments..

  • Compares the amount of likes


  • $$$$$$

    LOL i wouldn’t say sane but rather people with average income. If you’re making 5 Digits a month, changing a phone half a year is just peanuts XD

  • FLAT

    Am i the only one who dosn’t like the rounded edges? now i can’t place my phone standing up to take timed shots!!


    OIS dosn’t suck. LG sucks at implementing it.

  • Death Threat

    Nothing is confirmed. But I hope you are right.


    Show. Proof. Please.


    From the looks of it, Sony’s moving away from Snapdragon toward MediaTek. Especially with MediaTek’s new promissing processors. It does looks that way that Sony may not limit MediTek’s processors to just it’s lower end devices. But may use them for their flagships as well.

  • Fuckit

    You and the number of likes you have received. I’m still holding my opinion till the devices gets officially launched. Till we see the full “beauty” of it.

    Though as of right now i’m not liking the rounded edges… can’t place my phone on a flat surface to take pictures… =.=

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Yup..z1 and Z2 doesn’t have bionz.. Of they did..They’ll be the leaders in camera imaging for mobile phone

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    I guess you will defend HTC as well??
    Look,if digital stabilisation is as good as OIS, then there isn’t a point at using it..I know it can help with improving low light stills.. But now,that is just something software tuning can fix

  • Amir

    Yeah, you’re the only one. sony listened to the sharp corners criticism and made the metal frame curved. bravo sony! this is going to be the best version of omni balance yet.

  • Amir

    video: sony’s stabilization “steadyshot”>ois.
    image: software (has bigger roll in stabilization it seems so)>ois.

  • gunboat_d

    You make 10k plus a month? I’m sure you’re talking rupees.

  • jonyah

    I make well over 10k/month, but I do have 4 lines to keep updated so a 6-month upgrade is still crazy. With a higher income usually comes higher expenses too, so it’s not like I have all of that just sitting around. But I do try to keep our phones updated every 18 months or so. Because of that, a 6 month cycle is great instead of having to do the yearly cycle. Plus, having new ones every 6 months means the 6 month old one drops in price faster. I’d rather seem them come to the US faster, but paying full is still an option since I save it in the monthly fees.

    A couple small upgrade that would be nice would be a better flash (xenon?) sapphire screen front and back (if it really is as good as they’ve been showing), and slightly smaller bezels top and bottom. Other than that, I see nothing else in my Z2 that requires upgrading at this point. Going beyond 1080p on the screen doesn’t seem to add anything. My Z2 is nearly perfect. If only I could get the flap over the usb port to stay closed, or find a good case that covers that flap. Using the magnetic connectors and docks is all I use now.


    A couple small upgrade that would be nice would be a better flash
    (xenon?) sapphire screen front and back (if it really is as good as
    they’ve been showing), and slightly smaller bezels top and bottom.
    Other than that, I see nothing else in my Z2 that requires upgrading at
    this point.

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    There is very little post processing can do to fix motion blur. OIS is still the way to go. OEMs just need to implement it effectively.

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  • Anonymouse

    if you look at the “Test Report Reuse” in the FCC filing, looks like PM-0801-BV will be the Z3’s North American variant and it carries LTE Band 12.
    my source:

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  • A Thousand Words

    If you’re talking about video, then yes. It is possible that OIS is not as effective on a small sensor as compared to larger sensors on cameras and camcorders. All be it your video is using a cropped portion of the image sensor to accommodate for the stabilization.

    As for Stills, ask any photographer out there. They will tell you OIS is by any day better than digital stabilization.

    Going a bit technical here.. For OIS, the stabilization is being performed on the lens. What this means is that light is being “stabilized” or properly guided into the sensor to minimize motion blur.
    But for Digital Stabilization however, the software can only do so much as to recognize which pixel are the actual supposed image and which are “extra light” that are registered on the sensor caused by motion blur. The same “digital stabilization” can be found on Adobe Photoshop software to remove motion blur. And it honestly dosn’t work as well as a perfectly captured image.

  • You’ve got to be kidding me…

    “but at that time no one knew Sony would release a flagship 6 months later.”

    The 6 month Cycle started since the Xperia Arc..
    2010: Rachel
    2011: Arc, Arc S
    2012: Xperia S, Xperia SP
    2013: Xperia Z, Xperia Z1
    2014: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Key word there, “flagships”

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Well.. Faster shutter speed would do that and a smaller lens perhaps??

  • You’ve got to be kidding me…

    Oh. I’m terribly sorry. My bad. The Xperia Arc, Arc S, S, SP, Z, Z1, Z2 and the upcoming Z3 ain’t flagships at all. Sorry for not doing my research before posting. Thanks for pointing that out =)

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    No prob, because S, Z, Z1,Z2, and Z3 are flagships. I’m pretty sure SP was a mid range

  • Stanley08

    Like whore. how many you got urself? Idjit!

  • Amir

    i’m not saying ois is bad but it is simply overrated on a smartphone, especially cause it makes the phone thicker and when i look at smartphone camera comparison i don’t see big favours for the smartphones with ois. i think that colors true to the filmed scene in much more important then ois, this is why i like z2 photos cause sony doesn’t saturated much in the processing as opposed to s5 for example. i would love if sony add ois to next flag but sony need to focus on better software processing – this will give the most advancement in still image quality for my understanding.

  • No. They have the Bionz processor, not the Bionz X. Trust me, I know.

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