September is an exciting time of the year for gadget fans with plenty of new products being announced. Sony has unveiled two premium smartphones, The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, both with powerful features and a size to suit everyone.

We’re happy to confirm that both are headed to Australia’s largest and most reliable mobile network from 14 October and available for pre-order on 7 October.

Tech specs

The Sony Xperia Z3 in white

These smartphones will be the latest to join our 4G 700Mhz smartphone line up. This means Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact owners in 4G 700MHz coverage areas, which is currently being trialed in selected locations*, can enjoy the in-building coverage benefits of the lower-frequency 700Mhz spectrum, with full deployment scheduled from January 2015. If you have one of these phones you’ll enjoy further and faster 4G with Telstra in 700Mhz coverage areas than our existing 4G services.

Also, you’ll be pleased to know that both of these devices are IP65 and IP68 rated. Allow me to get a little techy with you and explain exactly what this means.

The first numeral (6) means the devices have complete protection against the entry of dust. This is the highest possible dust rating on a commercial smartphone. The second numerals relate to water. The (5) means it can withstand low pressure jets of water and the (8) means it can also withstand continuous submersion up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

Basically, it’s not just dust and water resistant, its dust and waterproof because it’s the highest rating you can get on a smartphone today.

The Xperia Z3 and The Xperia Z3 Compact are slim with a stylish rounded frame. The Xperia Z3 display measures in at 5.2” and the compact at 4.6”.


The Sony Xperia Z3 with the PS4™ Remote Play

Gamers take note… these are the first phones to come with PS4™ Remote Play. This feature will be available from November as an update to the Play Station app and means you’ll be able to take your PS4 gaming experience around the house when connected to Wi-Fi meaning you can choose where you want to game.When the update is ready you’ll be prompted by the Google Play Store or the Xperia Lounge.

Both devices also feature a number of great entertainment features including high resolution audio, Sony Digital Noise Cancelling headset support – the headsets can be purchased separately– and a bright TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile with intuitive contrast enhancement for better viewing when you’re out and about.


The Sony Xperia Z3 underwater

You can enjoy getting creative with these devices with them boasting impressive premium photo and video capturing technology. Both the XperiaZ3 and Z3 Compact are the first smartphones in the world to feature a camera with ISO 12800 sensitivity. This means they will deliver better quality images in low-light, on the move or even underwater. Yes that’s right – even under water!

Also the augmented reality apps are a fun party trick. The camera on both devices is 20.7MP and it can capture 4K video.


The Sony SmartBand Talk

Telstra customers who pre-order the Sony Xperia Z3 will receive a Sony SmartBand valued at $99 RRP as a gift with purchase. The SmartBand is a wearable that combines with the Lifelog app in order to track the places you’ve been, music you’ve listened to, your sleep patterns and your activity levels throughout the day.

Customers who pre-order the Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact can also go in the running to win one of 100 Sony Playstations 4’s. All you need to do is head to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram pages or comment on this blog post and tell us what your favourite Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact feature is using #TelstraZ3 to make sure your entry is counted and the most creative answers win! The competition will run from 7 October 2014 until 13 October 2014 – don’t forget to read the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact terms and conditions.

Also, if you take up a new Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact you may also be eligible for Telstra’s New Phone Feeling offer, Trade-in and Telstra Upgrade offers.


The Sony Xperia Z3 will be available in Black, White and Copper on the following plans:

  • $10/mth on a 24 month $70 Mobile Accelerate Plan (min cost $1920 ($80/mth) excess data 3c/MB, 2 min standard call $2.38)
  • $14/mth on a 24 month $65 Easy Share Business Plan (min cost $1896 ($79/mth) excess data 3c/MB, 2 min standard call $2)

Customers can also purchase the Sony Xperia Z3 outright for $816 RRP.

The Sony Xperia Z3 compact will be available in Black White and, exclusively at launch to Telstra, in orange on the following plans:

  • $3/mth on a 24 month $70 Mobile Accelerate Plan (min cost $1728 ($73/mth) excess data 3c/MB, 2 min standard call $2.38)
  • $3/mth on a 24 month $65 Easy Share Business Plan (min cost $1680 ($68/mth) excess data 3c/MB, 2 min standard call $2)

Customers can also purchase the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact outright for $600 RRP.

Update 29 Oct 2014

Great news, everyone — pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z3 are now open. Head to our website to get your hands on one! And don’t forget to enter the competition below.

Update 27 Oct 2014

Despite our best efforts, we can’t provide the update that we wanted to today. We’re really sorry. We are just as keen as you to have the Sony Xperia Z3 hit the shelves. We’ll provide you with an update as soon as we can.

Update 22 Oct 2014

As you know, we encountered a delay with the launch of the Sony Xperia Z3. Our product team is working to finalise the pre-order launch date and we’ll have an update for you on Monday.

Also,  we wanted to confirm that customers pre-ordering the Z3 online, on a Mobile Accelerate Plan, when it goes live will also be eligible to enter for their chance to win a PS4.

Update 6 Oct 2014

Z3 Compact Update

Not only is the Z3 Compact compatible with our new 4G 700Mhz spectrum, but it has also been confirmed as Blue Tick, meaning it’s optimised for handheld use in rural and regional areas.

Z3 Pre-order update

Unfortunately there has been a delay to Sony Xperia Z3 pre-orders. We’ve encountered a technical glitch that is being addressed and re-tested. We expect to be able to provide more information about pre order availability in the coming days. We apologise for the delay but we want to make sure we deliver you a great-performing product.

PS4 competition update
If you had your eyes on a Sony Xperia Z3 and were waiting to pre-order and enter our PS4 competition, don’t worry. Even though you might have to wait a little longer for the phone you won’t miss your opportunity to enter the competition.

Customers pre-ordering the Z3 Compact from tomorrow will be able to start posting their entries and Z3 customers will be able to enter when the pre-order begins in November.

Remember, to be eligible to win a PS4 you need to tell us from tomorrow 7 October on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitter or on this Telstra Exchange blog what your favourite Z3 feature is and the most creative answers will win!

Editor’s note: Telstra customers who pre-order the Sony Xperia Z3 will recieve a Sony SmartBand, not a Sony SmartBand Talk as first announced in this blog. Details above were updated 1 Oct, 2014 to reflect that.
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