Sony Xperia Z4 was announced in Japan today and it’s an incremental upgrade with the Snapdragon 810 chip being the key change.
As it turns out the lack of fanfare for the Xperia Z4 launch in Japan was intentional, as the phone will remain as an exclusive for its homeland. Instead Sony will be premiering a proper flagship smartphone later this year, supposedly this May.
There are no details on the alleged flagship phone, but if previous rumors are to be trusted we’ll be seeing a screen resolution bump. Sony recently promised to focus on the user experience instead of only hardware upgrades, so we should expect improved Android OS and proprietary apps.
So, as the rumor has it, Sony Xperia Z4 is not the flagship you’ve been waiting for. Be patient and stay tuned for the end of May, when Sony will reportedly introduce its international and more advanced flagship smartphone.
Sony officially announces the Sony Xperia Z4; 5.2-inch FHD screen and a metal frame
Sony Mobile has just put out a press release that finally makes its latest flagship model official. The Sony Xperia Z4 will feature a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. It will be powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. Those requiring more memory can take advantage of the 128GB capacity microSD slot on board. A 20.7MP camera is on back with a wide angle 5.1MP snapper on front for selfies and video chats. A 2930mAh battery will keep the lights on, and Android 5.0 is pre-installed.
The Sony Xperia Z4 will be available in White, Black, Copper and Aqua Green. The handset is IP6 certified for dust and IP5 and IP8 certified for water. This means that the Xperia Z4 is protected against “Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction.” It also means that the phone can be submerged to 4.92 feet for as long as 30 minutes and emerge unscathed.
Sony says that its new flagship is 6.9mm thin, weighs 144 grams, and features a metal frame. It is .4mm thinner than its predecessor and weighs 8 grams less. The metal frame is put through a treatment to increase the shine. Also new with the Xperia Z4 is a “cooking mode” added to the rear camera, which helps users take better looking shots of food.
Some accessories for the phone were revealed, including a waterproof Cover Window that lets you view important information on the screen while still protecting the handset. This will be available in the same four colors as the Xperia Z4, priced at the equivalent of $59 USD. A desktop holder will also be offered, which will dock the phone and recharge it.
The Sony Xperia Z4 will be available in Japan later this summer. There is no word yet on pricing.