Sony's Xperia Z3 smartphone may have already received certification

Earlier this year, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z2 which was the successor the last year’s Xperia Z1. However if the rumors are to be believed, Sony could be working on its successor already, the Xperia Z3, which is rumored to be arriving in August with a metal frame. It remains to see if that will be happen, but so far we’ve seen a handful of Sony Xperia codenames where it is possible that one of them is pointing at the Xperia Z3. That being said, a certain Sony handset has made an appearance on the TÜV Rheinlandwebsite which is used to test the safety and quality of devices. While the listing does not actual name the Xperia Z3 in question, some are speculating that this is a possibility. The model numbers that were listed includes the 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.

With the Xperia Z2 (pictured above) still being a new smartphone, would it make sense for Sony to prepare the release of a successor to it, called Xperia Z3? Maybe not. But the Z2 itself was introduced about half a year after the previous Xperia flagship handset (the Z1), so the launch of a Z3 later this year shouldn’t surprise us. Not long ago, we heard that the Xperia Z3 may be announced in September. While Sony obviously didn’t confirm anything regarding the new device, it looks like the Z3 is already receiving some certifications. Japanese website Blog of Mobile discovered an unannounced Sony smartphone that received a TÜV Rheinland certification earlier this month (TÜV Rheinland usually tests the safety and quality of devices). The new handset goes by various model numbers: 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. According to the Japanese website, all these model numbers could represent the Xperia Z3. It’s not the first time we’re hearing about the D6603. Back in April, this was spotted in a benchmark test result that allegedly revealed some of its features – which appeared to be similar to the features of the Z2. However, these benchmark results are not always accurately presenting the specs of a handset (and can be faked), so they can’t really confirm anything.

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