Is Sony readying to release the next smartphone in its flagship Z series? It would seem so. There is already a growing interest about when Sony is planning to launch the Xperia Z3 and now it seems that the Z3 is going through the certification process.

Around a month ago, we had some Xperia Z3 leaks regarding metal frame and specs. It was speculated that the Xperia Z3 might be launched by Sony sometime in August this year. Sony’s Xperia Z2 was released in March 2014. Going by the fact that Sony releases a new model of Xperia Z smartphone every 6 months, the speculations might be true and we might get to see the new Xperia Z3 in August/September 2014, possibly at the IFA 2014 in Berlin.

Around a fortnight ago, some Sony smartphone models have appeared in TÜV Rheinland certification. TÜV Rheinland is a certification company that certifies products, systems, functional safety etc. The models that were certified are: PM-0800-BV (D6603), PM-0804-BV (D6643), PM-0801-BV (D6616), PM-0806-BV (D6653), PM-0802-BV, PM-0803-BV and PM-0807-BV. Blog of Mobile, a Japanese Website, has spotted the above Sony model numbers on TÜV Rheinland. The site believes that these are the model numbers of the next Sony flagship Xperia Z3.

Xperia Z3-certification

Of these, news for two models D6603 and D6653 has been leaked earlier. Model number D 6603 had appeared in a benchmark test and had features similar to Xperia Z2. Model D6653 had been spotted on the Indonesian Postel not long ago.

Xperia Z2 has model numbers beginning with D65 and hence it is quite possible that the models beginning with D66 that were certified on TÜV Rheinland, are of the next Sony flagship, the Xperia Z3. Of course, this is just a speculation. In actual fact we can only say that some models of Sony’s new upcoming high-end smartphone have been certified on June 13, 2014. As to which new Sony smartphone, only time will tell.

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