Xperia XZ3 pre-order comes bundled with Xperia Ear Duo

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Given the flood surrounding Apple's new iPhones and the subsequent rollout of iOS 12, it's easy enough to forget some of the recent flagship phones that came just days before it. Especially when said flagship phone is a Sony. The Xperia XZ3 debuted last month without much fuss or fanfare, typical of Sony, and it is now finally being made available to US consumers. But while the $900 price tag remains, Sony is throwing it in a bundle to at least soften the blow.

The Xperia XZ3 is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has just enough new features to make it a slight upgrade from the Xperia XZ2 earlier this year. On the other hand, that might not be enough to actually make it that tempting to buy. Good thing that there's a deal going on for Xperia fans.

The Xperia XZ3 marks the company's first smartphone with a P-OLED, not just plain OLED, screen. And compared to its predecessor, it steps up to a 1440x2880 QHD+ resolution, though still not as pixel-dense as the XZ2 Premium's 4K. That could probably come in an XZ3 Premium later if that ever comes.

That said, it retains many of the Xperia XZ2's specs, like the 64 GB storage and the 19 megapixel camera. Fortunately, the front camera did get upgraded to 13 megapixels and the battery is slightly larger at 3,300 mAh. Despite that, the Xperia XZ3 is actually thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

As always, the only way you can get your hands on one in the US is through Amazon, which sells the Xperia XZ3 unlocked and compatible with GSM networks only. For the pre-order period, Sony is throwing in the $280 Xperia Ear Duo for the same price of $899.99. Shipping is noted to start October 17.