When last week Sony quietly unveiled the Xperia Z4 and failed to mention any details regarding international release, many of us wondered whether the phone’s availability would be limited only to Japan. According to the latest leaks, the answer would be ‘yes’ and ‘no’. The device will arrive to other markets, however, under a different name. It appears that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be sold globally as the Xperia Z3+.
Sony Xperia Z3+ to be an international variant of the Xperia Z4
The name surfaced in the Sony SCR30 Style Cover Window description which is supposed to come with support for the Xperia Z4/Z3+. The document was pulled by Sony which clearly suggests that there is more to it than just a rumor and the company obviously doesn’t want the world to know the details. The name sounds kind of unusual, since as far as we can tell, Sony never launched a ‘plus’ phone before. Come to think about it, though, it’s far more appropriate because in reality the latest member of the Xperia family is nothing more than a slightly tweaked version of the Xperia Z3.
It appears that the global variant will be exactly the same as the one destined for Japanese market. That said, we can expect a 5.2-inch full-HD Triluminos display, a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and a massive 20.7-megapixel main camera. Other key features include a 5.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB, 2,930 mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Like most Sony phones, the Xperia Z3+ will come with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
The Xperia Z4/Z3+ was said to be Sony’s most important release for this year, but now it looks like it might not be the case after all. Since the handset is only a minor upgrade over the previous model, it’s quite possible that the manufacturer has another surprise for us in the form of a more premium phone which could be announced later this year. If that’s really in Sony’s plans, that is to say. For now, however, all eyes are on the Xperia Z3+ which is expected to go on sale some time in May.