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Sony Xperia Z4 announced

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Sony has unveiled its new flagship phone, the Sony Xperia Z4, in a somewhat low key fashion.

No glitzy, heavily publicised, internationally focused launch event for the Sony Xperia Z3 follow-up. Rather, the Sony Xperia Z4 has been announced in Sony's home country of Japan.

If you want to find out about the new phone straight from the horse's mouth, you'd better have Google Translate ready.

As expected, the Sony Xperia Z4 looks very similar to the Sony Xperia Z3, with the same water and dust-proof metal frame design. The key difference, it seems, is that the Z4 has been subjected to a special treatment to increase its shinyness.

Given that the Xperia Z3 only launched seven months ago, this similarity is perhaps no surprise.

The Sony Xperia Z4 also appears to have the same 5.2-inch 1080p display and the same 20.7-megapixel camera as its immediate predecessor.

There are differences both internal and external. The new Sony Xperia Z4 might sport a familiar design, but it's slimmed down from 7.3mm to just 6.9mm thick. It's also 8g lighter at 144g.

That smaller frame will have been assisted by the fact that the Z4 comes with a slightly smaller battery than the Z3. It's now 2,930mAh rather than 3,100mAh.

Meanwhile it's powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 CPU, which is backed by the same 3GB of RAM as before.

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While the main camera appears to have been pretty much untouched, Sony reveals that the front-facing camera here has a new wide-angle lens for more expansive selfie shots, as well as digital image stabilisation.

There's no news of an international model just yet, but the Sony Xperia Z4 will be hitting Japanese shops (in black, white, aqua green, and copper) this summer.

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Actionable Steps

April 20, 2015, 10:48 am

Sony is really screwing themselves over with this releasing a flagship every 6 months. It's a waste of their time and resources and it's obvious to everyone why their businesses are suffering (and being sold off).

shnatiw

April 20, 2015, 8:19 pm

You are right. They should have followed HTC's lead. A high end event and marginal improvements. If you are going to generate apathy you might as well do it in style?

shnatiw

April 20, 2015, 8:52 pm

My sarcasm and last sentence we're aimed at Sony and HTC. Not you. And personally I think the S6 is the best Galaxy since the S2. If you never used the expandable storage or swapped out batteries (and I like many others didn't) then you don't mourn their loss. And I am sure LG will release a phone technically on a par with the S6.

shnatiw

April 20, 2015, 9:28 pm

I guess it depends on what you use your phone for. My 16gb S5 was adequate for my needs. But I went for the 64GB Edge just in case. Yes you pay Apple prices for the extra storage. But now you have the Apple quality build. I agree about battery life. Not on a par with the S5. But not a slippery glass back in my opinion. Smooth yet sticks to my hand. But then I also grip a phone around it's edges.

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