Sony Xperia XZ4: Specs, price, features and release date for Sony’s latest flagship.
We’re now less than a month away from the date we expect to see the Sony Xperia XZ4 – the brand’s 2019 flagship phone – announced. Sony’s event takes place the day before MWC 2019 starts and comes a few days after Samsung likely announces the Galaxy S10.
After a series of disappointing phones, Sony finally impressed us last year with its OLED-toting Xperia XZ3. It ditched the Omnibalance design we’d suffered with for ages, replacing it with something a whole lot more appealing. It wasn’t the perfect phone and Sony still had ways to go to compete with Google, Huawei and Samsung, but it was a start.
With the XZ4 on the horizon, here’s everything we know so far about the new phone from Sony.
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Sony Xperia XZ4: Release date and price
Sony Xperia fans, mark February 25 in your diary. The Japanese firm has sent out invitations for its MWC 2019 press conference in Barcelona, where we’re expecting it to pull the covers off the Sony Xperia XZ4.
Invitations to the launch event were sent to Italian and Russian press first, as spotted by Xperia Blog. The invitation shows what appears to be an extreme close-up of the edge of a smartphone display, but in all honesty it’s quite hard to tell.
What we do know is that Sony’s MWC press conference will take place in Hall 3 of the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, and will kick off at 8.30am CET (that’s 7:30am GMT) on February 25. So you might have to set your alarms a bit earlier than usual.
Sony will be live streaming the Xperia XZ4 launch, and we’ll let you know how to tune in once Sony makes an announcement.
It isn’t clear when the Xperia XZ4 will actually hit shelves, but we fully expect it to happen at some point in March.
Sony Xperia XZ4: Design and display
The biggest rumours surrounding the Xperia XZ4 are about its display, and it could be the part of the XZ4 we’re most excited about.
An alleged Sony Xperia XZ4 specs list leaked in January, suggesting the handset will come with a 6.5-inch, 3360 x 1440 OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage and a hefty 4400mAh battery with with Qnovo Adaptive Charging (via Sumahoinfo).
And another leaked image (also posted by SumahoInfo) suggests the Xperia XZ4 will be an unusually tall handset.
LetsGoDigital has spotted a new trademark filing by Sony Mobile Communications for the term ‘CinemaWide’, which could well be a nod to the unusually long and thin 21:9 display that’s expected to feature on the Xperia XZ4.
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The trademark was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office on February 4, and the application is currently “under examination”. You can view the details of the filing here.
Sony has been criticised for its use of somewhat samey designs in recent years but the Xperia XZ4, it seems, will offer something different. It will apparently be equipped with a long and thin 21:9 display.
Given most handsets offer an 18:9 or 19:9 – aspect ratio depending on whether there’s a notch present – this handset will offer a wider display when viewing videos in landscape mode.
It also appears that Sony isn’t going the ‘notch’ route with the Xperia XZ4. According to multiple leaks, there’ll be a thin bar above the display, which will house the handset’s camera sensors and earpiece.
Unlike its predecessor, the XZ4 will apparently rock a completely flat display. The XZ3, on the other hand, has a display that curves at the edges.
It’s also believed that all of Xperia XZ4’s buttons will be on the right-hand edge, with a gap for a USB-C charging port at the bottom.
Sony Xperia XZ4: Camera
In January, Sony Mobile’s vice president of marketing, Don Mesa, told Digital Trends that we can expect to see a smartphone that offers “a much better camera experience”, likely linked to the fact that Kimio Maki recently became Sony Mobile’s new head of development, having transferred from the Japanese giant’s camera division.
According to leaks, the Xperia XZ4 will feature a trio of rear camera sensors all stacked on top of each other (as shown in the render above, posted by @UniverseIce), with an LED flash sat directly above them.
Sumahoinfo also claims to have the skinny on the Xperia XZ4’s heavily rumoured triple rear camera setup (via MySmartPrice).
The handset will apparently be equipped with a 52-megapixel main camera sensor with an f/1.6 aperture. That’s said to be the main sensor, and it will reportedly be flanked by a 16-megapixel telephoto sensor with an f/2.6 aperture and a 0.3MP Time of Flight sensor for measuring depth.
Above the Xperia XZ4’s display, meanwhile, will apparently be a pair of front facing sensors.
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Sony Xperia XZ4: Specs and features
GizChina claims to have spotted an AnTuTu benchmark score for a phone believed to be the Xperia XZ4 around the turn of the year, and Sony fans will be praying that it’s the real deal. The handset has a score of 395,721.
AnTuTu benchmark scores suggest the Kirin 980-powered Huawei Mate 20 Pro (309,628) is currently the most powerful mainstream Android smartphone on the market, with the Apple A12 Bionic-toting iPhone XS a little way ahead of it (358,091).
If this alleged Sony leak is accurate, the Xperia XZ4, which will almost certainly be powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 855 processor, could leave them in the dust.
The @UniverseIce leak above suggests the Xperia XZ4 will either feature an in-display fingerprint scanner or a side-mounted one, rather than a rear-mounted sensor. Unfortunately, we’ve also heard there will be no headphone jack.
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Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact?
There aren’t very many small-screened handsets on the market these days, and Sony’s Xperia Compact phones − such as the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact − are some of the best known. However, Sony Mobile’s marketing VP, Don Mesa, has hinted that the rumoured Xperia XZ4 Compact might not materialise.
“We stuck with Compact for a very long time, because of the ease of use,” he said in January. “There’s always room for different sizes, but people want a lot more surface area for their content now.”
If the entire Xperia Compact line has indeed been ditched, plenty of people will be sad to see it go.
What are you hoping to see from Sony and the Xperia XZ4 at MWC 2019? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews.