When it should be telling the world that its smartphone business still remains a force to be reckoned with, Sony has taken a rather unexpected turn by quietly unveiling its latest flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, the new Sony Xperia Z4 is made official and touts a number of incremental improvements.
The most notable change in the Sony Xperia Z4 is its Snapdragon 810 chip. In comparison, last year’s Xperia Z3 came equipped with a Snapdragon 801. The smallest internal storage option is now 32GB instead of 16GB. And because it’s a 2015 smartphone, it runs Android Lollipop out of the box. The front-facing camera now shoots up to 5 megapixels in resolution. And for those who value a slim smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the Z4 measures 6.9mm at its thickest point. That’s only 0.4mm thinner than the Z3, but at least Sony still managed to trim the phone and make it lighter despites its metal frame.
Sony Xperia Z4 Specs
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 5.2-inch IPS LCD (1080×1920 Full HD), ~424ppi
- 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) processor
- Adreno 430 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 32/64GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 128GB
- 20.7-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5.1-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.1
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 6.9mm
- Weight: 144g
- Li-Ion 2930mAh battery
The display size, main camera resolution and amount of RAM of the Xperia Z4 remain the same as those of the Xperia Z3. No price or availability dates have been mentioned during the official unveiling.
As for the quiet, Japan-only launch of the Sony Xperia Z4, rumor has it that Sony is prepping another smartphone for a May launch. It could be the actual flagship that’s meant for the global market.