Sony Xperia Z4 Unveiled
Sony Mobile have just issued a press release revealing details of the, dare I say modest, spec bump of their latest flagship Xperia Z series, the Z4.
The Sony Xperia Z4 has been confirmed to feature a 5.2” 1080p display powered by the latest 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
In addition the Z4 offers 20.7MP rear and 5.1MP front cameras, expandable storage in the form of a Micro-SD port supporting up to 128GB cards, a 2930mAH battery and of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Available in White, Black, Copper and Aqua Green at launch, the device is protected against the elements thanks to IP5, IP6 and IP8 dust and water certifications.
In terms of the design the Z4 is slightly lighter (144g vs 152g) and thinner (6.9mm vs 7.3mm) than its predecessor the Z3. Aside from that, not a lot has changed.
Unfortunately there is no word yet on pricing yet and as for availability, it’s scheduled for a summer release only in Japan.
Initial impressions? It’s a fairly minor spec bump over the Z3 and there isn’t a great deal to get excited about.
The Snapdragon 810 chip has proven to be a controversial choice for phone manufacturers. Featured in the LG G Flex 2 and HTC One M9, there are minor issues of overheating and throttling although the main point of contention is how Samsung’s latest Exynos 7420 processor, powering the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, is markedly faster and more powerful.
One of the best features of the Z2 and Z3 is their class-leading battery lives. Hopefully Sony can continue to improve upon their winning formula for longevity in the Z4 despite chopping 170mAH off the battery capacity compared with the Z3.
Overall then, a minor evolution for the Z series and aside from a new processor, and details of a frankly laughable new “cooking mode” camera feature, which aims to improve pictures taken of food, there isn’t a great deal to get excited about unfortunately.
Hopefully as we approach the summer launch we’ll find out more about the Z4 and see if it has any tricks up its sleeve – and indeed – if the rest of the world outside of Japan will even get to see the new device.