We’re expecting Sony to unveil the Xperia Z3 next week at IFA 2014, and for the first time in a while it looks like the company’s new flagship phone could get a quick launch from U.S. carriers. Earlier this summer we reported that the Z3 is rumored to hit T-Mobile. Now it looks like Sprint could offer the new smartphone as well.
A new report from Reuters claims Sprint’s parent company SoftBank is working directly with Sony to help push a “soon-to-be launched Xperia flagship phone” which we’re guessing is the still unannounced Xperia Z3. The device should be available from the Japanese carrier in time for the holiday shopping season, and it’s also headed to Sprint according to four separate sources. We’re not sure what this means for T-Mobile, though hopefully the Xperia Z3 will be available on multiple U.S. carriers.
Based on recent leaks, we’re expecting the Xperia Z3 to basically be a souped-up refresh of the Xperia Z2 that Sony unveiled earlier this year. The upcoming flagship phone allegedly comes equipped with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 20.7-megapixel camera. Those are pretty much the same specs we saw on the Xperia Z2, but considering that Sony’s current flagship phone never made it to the U.S. carrier stores (it launched unlocked), we’re pretty excited to hear that its successor is already attracting attention from U.S. wireless providers.
The Xperia Z3 on Sprint would just be the latest in a series of recent moves by SoftBank to help usher in new devices and revamp the carrier. Sprint not only just replaced its CEO, but it just announced a cheaper $60 unlimited plan and even got its hands on Sharp’s futuristic bezel-free smartphone. Adding the Xperia Z3 to its lineup could mean even more momentum, though Sprint and Sony both face an uphill battle as they take on more established mobile rivals in the U.S. market.