Sony has officially announced details of it’s latest flagship smartphone the Xperia Z4 in a press release from Japan. Sony teased the start of the Xperia Z4 line of products at Mobile World Congress back in March with the launch of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, today we get a glimpse of how the rest of the line is shaping up.
The Sony Xperia Z4 is an iteration of the Xperia z3, from the photos above to the specifications below, Sony is staying true to their design language and upgrading the handsets top selling features.
The Xperia Z4 remains 5.2 inches and resists the urge to upgrade to a 2k display by remaining at 1920 x 1080. What doesn’t remain the same is the dimensions around the display, Sony has managed to shave off 0.4mm which reduced the overall weight of the handset by 8 grams, it now weighs in at 144g and measures 6.9mm (down from 7.3mm in the Z3).
Under the hood you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM running Android 5.0. It comes equipped with 32GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot for expansion and is powered by a 2930mAh battery. The Z4 measures in at 146mm × 72㎜ × 6.9㎜ which if you’re familiar with the Z3 is identical apart from the width.
The chassis design remains metal with reinforced polycarbonate corners which are more resistant to drops. Carrying on with the trend of offering great waterproof handsets an IP65/8. IP65 and IP68 is what was also offered in the Xperia Z3 which protects against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Sony uses waterproof seals to facilitate this feature, so if your seals wear out water can get in but if you take advantage of docking station for charging you’ll avoid this wear and tear (trust me, get the dock, one year later this is what Z3 users who got their phone wet found out the hardway). Technically this waterproofing allows you to submerge it in 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
The Camera hasn’t gotten a Mega Pixel upgrade we’re still seeing 20.7MP on the rear but it’s gotten an upgrade to the Exmor RS sensor. This is the world’s first Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with an Image Plane Phase Detection Signal Processing Function for High-Speed AF which allows for excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects.
According to Exmor RS press release:
Rather than the traditional back-illuminated CMOS image sensor’s support substrate, the Exmor RS uses a chip consisting of signal processing circuits, on top of which is stacked a pixel section consisting of back-illuminated pixels for an original stacked construction. The new IMX230 is a type 1/2.4 stacked CMOS image sensor with a significantly improved 21 effective megapixels.
The rear facing camera or G-lens is using 1/2.3 inch sensor running the BIONZ image processing engine. 4K video recording is still one of the camera’s highlights and all of Sony’s camera add ons are still available, Face In, AR fun, Slow Motion and Movie Creator to name a few. The sensor still offers one of the highest ISO’s available on a Smartphone at 12800.
The front facing camera is using a Exmor R sensor is 5MP which is a step up from the 2.2MP offered on the Z3. It has a wide angle lens and a focal length of 25mm.
Sony provided no release date or pricing on the Xperia Z4 but did confirm that it is going to come in 4 different colors Black, Copper, Aqua Green and White. Pricing and a release time frame were provided for the smartcover, 7000 yen to hit the streets in the summer. If we were taking bets we would assume that the smartphone will be available around the same time, although summer is a pretty vague timeframe.
We can expect more details and hopefully some decent hands on photos, on April 22nd as the device will be shown at an exhibition in Japan.
If you’d like to check out the press release in Japanese, here is a link.
Update: We came across some official press renders to give you a better idea of what it looks like…just in case you’ve never seen a Z3. :/