After months of leaks and rumors, Sony today made the Xperia Z4 officially official.
The Xperia Z4 is Sony’s newest flagship Android smartphone, offering a body that looks similar to the Xperia Z3, but with a few notable improvements. For example, the Xperia Z4’s speaker and earpiece have been moved farther away from the display, becoming tiny slits at the very top and bottom of the phone’s face. The Xperia Z4 is also slightly thinner than the Xperia Z3, shrinking down to 6.9mm thick from 7.3mm.
Sony has also made a few tweaks under the Xperia Z4’s hood. For example, the Z4 includes a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, compared to the quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip that’s inside the Xperia Z3. The Xperia Z4 also has a 5.1-megapixel front-facing camera, which is beefier than the Z3’s 2.2-megapixel front cam, and its internal storage has been doubled to 32GB.
Looking at its full spec list, the Xperia Z4’s got a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 TRILUMINOS display, 20.7-megapixel rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor and 4K video capture (and a “Cooking Mode” for better food photos), and a 5.1-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera. Packed inside of the Z4’s 6.9mm frame is an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 2930mAh battery, and Android 5.0. All of those goodies are packed into a body that’s got a metal frame and is also both water and dust resistant.
Sony also took the wraps off of a couple of Xperia Z4 accessories today. The first is a window cover case that protects the front of the phone, but also has a square window that you can use to do things like access your camera and control music. There’s also a desktop holder that you can use to charge your phone and keep it propped up on your desk.
Sony says that the Xperia Z4 will launch in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green” color options. No pricing details were announced, nor were any release plans for outside of Japan.
With the Xperia Z4, Sony appears to have continued its tradition of evolution that we’ve seen with past Xperia Z flagships. With this strategy, the company takes the design of its previous Z phone and improves it with some small design tweaks, as well as some spec improvements to bring it back up to the high-end. While that may sound boring, the Xperia Z4 is definitely a handsome-looking smartphone, and its Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM help it to be one of the more highly-specced phones available as well. Sony’s mobile division may be on a rough road right now, but it appears as though the company isn’t throwing in the towel quite yet.
What do you think of the Sony Xperia Z4?