Sony Xperia Z4 is not the 2015 flagship, stay tuned this May!

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

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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.
Cover Window case available in four colorsThe 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.

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New Sony Xperia Z4 Renders Leak Out!

Alleged Sony Xperia Z4 images made the rounds online. The renders are from the same source as the previous leak and give us a closer look at the upcoming flagship smartphone.

The leaked Xperia Z4 renders leave nothing to the imagination. The upcoming successor of Sony Xperia Z3 will follow the familiar OmniBalance design language. Sony Xperia Z4 features design cues from its both its predecessor and Sony Xperia Z2 with the front facing speakers design.

A port next to the microUSB on the bottom of the smartphone is the biggest mystery in the unannounced Xperia Z4. With the 3.5mm audio jack sitting on top of the device, we are yet to find out what purpose will the element follow.

The renders of the device’s back lack markings, so they might be unfinished. According to the source, the final images might carry some changes.

Purported specs of Sony Xperia Z4 include Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 5.2” QHD display, 20.7MP camera, and Android Lollipop. The device is expected to debut at some point this summer.

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MWC 2015: Thinner than thin – meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet!

Sony didn’t bring a new Xperia Z4 flagship phone on the MWC, but it sure make up for it with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. It’s the company’s new high-end slate, a successor of the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a 10.1″ IPS display of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, which results into a nice pixel density of 300ppi. The display is enhanced by Sony’s Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine.

The slate is powered by the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 810 chip, which packs an octa-core 64-bit processor with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 working at 1.5GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 430 and there is 3GB of RAM onboard.

The rest of the Xperia Z4 Tablet specs include 32GB expandable memory, a rear 8MP Sony ExmorRS camera and 5MP wide-angle front selfie snapper, stereo speakers and GSM, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. The slate is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery and Sony says it will last 17 hours on video playback.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68-certified, which translates in to a dust-tight shell and waterproof design with endurance for up to 30 minutes into 1.5m deep fresh water.

The highlights of the Xperia Z4 Tablet include the elegant design with a metal frame, durable glass and amazingly thin 6.1mm profile. Just like with the Xperia M4 Aqua, the Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a cap-less microUSB port for easier recharging. The tablet weighs about 395 g and will be available in black and white flavors.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with the latest tablet-optimized Xperia launcher. It will also offer access to Xperia Lounge Gold service, which provides exclusive content such as movies, TV series, music and apps. The slate supports Hi-Res audio playback and digital noise cancelling.

The LTE and Wi-Fi models of Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet are going to hit the shelves worldwide in June this year, but the pricing is yet to be announced.

Check out our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet hands-on.

Sony BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard

Sony has also showcased additional accessories, designed exclusively for the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. The first one is the Sony BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard – it’s an all-in-one detachable accessory with adjustable tilt angle (0-130 degrees), complete with a docking station and a full-blown hardware keyboard with a touchpad. The keyboard dock also comes with projector and printer ports.

Sony SRC32 tablet cover

The second accessory – the Sony SRC32 cover is a flip case that doubles as a stand with two fixed positions. It will be available in both black and white flavors.

Sony BSP60 smart Bluetooth speaker

Finally, you can opt for the wireless Sony BSP60 smart speaker, which supports one-touch connectivity.

All three accessories will be sold separately, starting June this year.

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Sony working on a Smartwatch that is completely made of e-paper & Xperia Z4 rumored tech specs leaked!

Ever heard of electronic paper, also known as e-paper, the energy-efficient display technology that tries to emulate the reading properties of normal paper? You can find it on most e-book readers, smartphones,wearables, and if the rumors are to be believed, on a Sony smartwatch soon. According to insiders, the Japan-based giant is currently developing a wearable that will employ patented e-paper-enabled material not only for its display, but for the wristband as well. This will allow the users of the gizmo to customize both the watch face and the band as per their liking. Whether Sony will use color or monochrome e-paper, however, is veiled in mystery.

The wearable, however, shouldn’t be regarded as a successor to Sony’s existing SmartWatch wearables. Instead, the company will try to test out the waters and see how such a device will perform on the market. Moreover, it will demonstrate Sony’s newest technologies.
At the same time, the e-paper wearable will put serious emphasis on “style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings”. This apparently falls in line with a research which makes it clear that the design of a wearable gadget is among its most important assets.

“Smartwatches don’t sell now because there is little reason to buy one, since your smartphone can do it all anyway,” revealed Taichiro Nakayama, a consultant with Nomura Research from Tokyo.“Many people choose their watches based on the brand and design. Convincing them to replace what’s on their wrist now is no mean feat.”
As Sony is cutting down a substantial portion of its product portfolio in order to get back in the black and become profitable once again, it makes sense that it will try to re-establish its position as an innovator.
Sony Xperia Z4 rumoured tech specs leaked

It’s not been that long since the Xperia Z3 (pictured) went on sale, but Sony is planning to unveil its successor flagship at CES at the start of next year, and there are strong rumors flying about as to what the Xperia Z4 will consist of tech spec-wise.

The Xperia Z4 is set to get bigger, upping the screen on the Z3 from 5.2in to a 5.4in affair which isn’t surprising given the current trend for more sizeable phablets (just look at the Nexus 6, the large screen of which doesn’t appear to have dampened pre-order enthusiasm).

A Quad HD resolution is promised, but disappointingly, this will be driven by a Snapdragon 805 (it’s disappointing for those who thought the new Snapdragon 810 might be on board, anyway). There will, however, be plentiful RAM in the form of 4GB (yes, 4GB) which should help things run nice and smoothly – if indeed this is correct (this is all speculation, of course).

While the camera will stay the same at 20.7 megapixels (which is plenty enough detail, let’s face it) a new sensor will perform better in low-light, which is good to hear. The front camera will also be a more impressive 4.8 megapixel affair, with a wide angle lens as is the trend these days to ensure selfie fans aren’t disappointed.

Phone Arena, which received the anonymous tip, also heard that the Z4 Ultra is coming with a 5.9in screen and the same CPU and RAM, along with a 16 megapixel camera. Apparently this Nexus 6 rival will also be incredibly svelte at 5.7mm.

Sony will be looking to these devices to help stoke sales, which have been flagging lately, with the company recently announcing a drop in the numbers of handsets expected to ship this year (down from 43 million to 41 million – and well down from the 50 million figure mentioned back in the spring).