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In Europe, retailers have started Xperia Z3+ preorders. It will start shipping on June 26. Reuters

Sony's Xperia Z3+, the newest flagship smartphone from the Japanese tech giant, will be available in Europe beginning June 26. Various retailers there have already started receiving preorders for the device.

Clove UK and Expansys are offering the Xperia Z3+ for £530 ($824). With Carphone Warehouse, the Xperia Z3+ is available for a down payment of around £60, along with various tariff options through different operators like O2, Vodafone and EE for 24 months, reports Pocket-Lint. In Germany too, several retailers have listed the Sony flagship for 700 euro ($788).

Compared to last year’s Xperia Z3 flagship, some of the features have remained unchanged on the successor model. For instance, the full HD resolution supporting 5.2-inch IPS display of Z3 is available on the Z3+. Another feature that has been carried over to the new Z3+ flagship from the predecessor Z3 unit is the 20.7-megapixel main camera, but there is an upgrade of its selfie camera from last year’s 2 MP to an all-new 5 MP.

Both the devices offer the same external storage of up to 128 GB of microSD. The newer model is available only with 32 GB of internal storage, whereas the Z3 is available in storage options of 16 GB and 32 GB.

When it comes to performance prowess, the newer model beats the older Xperia Z3, which is powered by the Snapdragon 801 chipset that has now become obsolete. However, the all-new Xperia Z3+ is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor by Qualcomm, combined with RAM of 3 GB that allows Android 5.0 to chug away nicely.

Z3+ has a slimmer profile of 6.9 mm, compared to 7.3 mm for last year’s model. Another change worth talking about: The micro-USB port has been moved from the previous top left to the bottom of the unit.

The Xperia Z3+'s battery has received a cut from 3,100 mAh to 2,900 mAh. However, Engadget claims that the four low-power consuming cores of the Snapdragon 810 chipset will not negatively affect the battery performance of the Xperia Z3+.