While almost all major electronics makers have released their flagship phones for this year, Sony has been keeping to itself recently. The company did showcase a few devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the one we were anxiously waiting for, the Sony Xperia Z4 smartphone, didn’t make appearance. Rumors regarding the handset increased in intensity over the past few weeks suggesting its imminent announcement and finally, earlier today, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z4 featuring slimmed-down body and upgraded specs over its successor – Xperia Z3.
Sony Xperia Z4 vs. Xperia Z3 – What’s new?
Judging by the amount of leaks and rumors that popped up recently, you would expect a big party to welcome the Z3 successor. Instead, the Sony Xperia Z4 was introduced quietly and without fanfare. We suspect that it may have something to do with the Z4 being very similar to the Z3. By ‘similar’ we mean almost identical both in construction and specification.
The Xperia Z4 sports a tad redesigned body, but you still wouldn’t have any problem guessing the brand by just looking at the device. The phone measures 6.9mm in thickness and weighs in at 144 grams (0.4 inches slimmer and 8 grams lighter than the Z3) but still features the same 5.2-inch Triluminos 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and 20.7-megapixel backside-illuminated Exmor RS camera on the back. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z4 comes with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
The handset is powered by the latest 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and offers 32GB of expandable storage and improved 5.1-megapixel front-facing Exmor sensor with shake correction. Of course, it will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Oddly, the phone’s 2,910 mAh battery is smaller that the unit used in the Z3 which has the capacity of 3,100 mAh.
The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced in Japan and that’s where the phone will be released around the middle of the year. At the moment it’s not clear how much the Z4 will cost or whether Sony will launch the device globally. According to some sources, the Japanese manufacturer has another announcement event planned for May and it could be an international variant of the Z4. This information, however, hasn’t been confirmed by Sony yet.