Sony has been quiet this year in announcing their next flagship, the Xperia Z4, but now they’ve finally opened up the floodgates. The Xperia Z4 is official, but for now only in Japan.
Just like we expected, the Xperia Z4 follows Sony’s same design language with a few minor refinements. We’ve still got a metal frame with glass on the front and back and waterproofing all over. This time around the differences include a modified speaker which is now along the top and bottom bezels, similar to the Xperia Z2. The SIM card and microSD card slots have also been contained under the same cover to clean up the side of the device. My favorite change however comes from the charging port. Rather than having a cover over that port which can be irritating when charging, we now have an open port. At a glance you might think that this would ruin the device’s IP68 water and dust resistance, but fear not, the port is still waterproof.
The buttons on the side of the device have also been refined and they certainly look at lot better then they did on the Z3. The power button is now a bit smaller and all the buttons have an elongated oval shape. Thankfully the dedicated camera key has also been kept.
The device is the same height and width as the Xperia Z3, but is 8 grams lighter and 0.4mm thinner. On the downside of that, Sony has decreased the battery capacity from a massive 3,100 mAh to a less impressive 2,930 mAh.
As for specs we’ve got an upgrade to the Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The camera is still a 20.7MP sensor but the front facing camera has been upgraded to 5MP. The screen is a 5.2″ inch Triluminos display at 1080p. The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Sony has also upgraded the default storage option to 32GB.
The Xperia Z4 will be available in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green”. Sony hasn’t mentioned pricing or when the device will reach other markets.