A new Sony smartphone in the Xperia Z series seems to be in the offing. It has been only a few months since the Xperia Z2 was launched and the new Sony Xperia Z3 is already on its way, if rumors are to be believed. Some metal frame photos supposed to be those of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 have been leaked. The Chinese website IT168 has displayed images of these metal frames.

The metal frame appears to be very thin and is coated by using PVD coating technology that is used for watch and aircraft surfaces. PVD coating is an environmental friendly process that provides improved hardness, wear resistance and oxidation resistance to the surface. PVD coating offers improved performance and a long life to the coated surface. Although Xperia Z3 will have a metal frame, its body design is likely to be similar to the Xperia Z series mobile design. Alternatively, the company might make some changes in the design for Z3.

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About specifications, IT168 says that the new Sony Xperia Z3 will have a touch screen with 1080p resolution, a Snapdragon (Xiaolong in Chinese) 805 processor, 3 GB RAM and a 20.7 MP camera. Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset uses the Krait 450 quad-core processor clocked up to 2.7GHz and an Adreno 420 GPU, improving the device performance significantly.

Sony Xperia Z2 was introduced by the company in February this year, just about 6 months after its Xperia Z1. According to the source, Sony’s marketing strategy is to launch a flagship model every 6 months. Xperia Z2 was the flagship model for the first half of 2014. So it is possible that Sony will launch the new Xperia Z3 after 6 months of the introduction of Z2 i.e.in August 2014, which will be its flagship model for the second half of 2014.