Are these rumoured Xperia Z4 specs the real deal?

by XB on 17th October 2014

in Rumours, Xperia Z4 and Z3+ series

Sony logoAttention will soon start to turn to Sony’s next flagship handset, now that the Xperia Z3 has been released. The Sony Xperia Z4 is expected to launch towards the end of March 2015, no surprise here given past releases in previous years. AndroidOrigin earlier today released what it says are leaked specifications of the Xperia Z4.

The Xperia Z4 is believed to include a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 64-bit chipset (octa-core processor, Adreno 430 GPU) and 4GB RAM. The Xperia Z4 will also apparently be the first Sony Xperia device to sport a curved Exmor RS CMOS imaging sensor.

Other features include 32GB internal storage, a dedicated amp for audio and the continuation of Sony’s OmniBalance design language.

As mentioned earlier, these are only rumours, so take with a pinch of salt. However, if there is any truth to these rumours, it sounds like the Xperia Z4 would be a stunning device. Some of it does sound fanciful, for example we’re not sure a dedicated amp would be possible whilst maintaining a slim form factor.

Additionally, whilst we have longed for 32GB internal storage to become a standard for Sony’s flagship devices this has not happened yet. There are also no signs of the curved imaging sensors that were announced earlier this year. Although depending on the timing of when the Xperia Z4 will launch, there is a good chance it may arrive with a curved sensor.

Anyway, what is your view? Would you see the above specs of the Xperia Z4 as a genuine upgrade over the Xperia Z2/Z3? If you think they are too good to be true, what sticks out? What else would you like to see on the Xperia Z4? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks to all that sent this in!

  • Lukáš Pávl

    Well i read that this specs leak is from the same person that leaked HW and pictures of Z3 and Z3c before it’s release on IFA so it should be legit.
    Anyway this is big step forward. And i hope that this time the phone will have a little different design because omni-balance is becoming little bit boring. Will see.

    Oh and this means probably 5″ Z4 “compact”

  • A mí no me pagan por opinar

    They should keep the 5″ size but with a bigger resolution. More than 5″ it’s too big. The z3 lose resolution compared to z2 or even z1.

  • Jesús López Sotelo
  • Batarnac

    The specs are too good to be true for right now, but this will be the norm by Q2 2015!

  • Batarnac

    Just wait for the Z4 Compact, it will be about 4.8 to 5 inch!

  • Tjaldid

    OIS and I’ll buy it

  • Tjaldid

    If that is the case “Introducing the Xperia Z4 Compact Compact”

  • DBS

    I don’t think so. I don’t believe we’ll see any SD810 chipsets until, at the very least, Summer 2015.

    I also don’t believe Sony will put 2K on the screen of the phone since, as they rightfully pointed out, 2K on a smartphone is just a useless battery-drainer.

    I also doubt the 4GB of RAM.

    The only things I would think plausible (remember, they’re already working on the Z4) is the curved lenses and the 64-bit capability (though I don’t think the phone will run on 64bits yet).

    I’m more expecting a SD805 with a 1080p screen. The major improvements that Sony should be concerned about, for me, are:
    1 – Camera. The software needs work. It would be useful if they got a licensing deal with Nokia to use the formerly-known-as-PureView tech. Also, it’s about damn time they add OIS to the camera. They did a good work with the digital one but it’s not at all the same.

    2 – Built in Qi wireless charging. Enough with the magnetic chargers. Following the Z3V, they should just build Qi into every phone. Specially one that’s waterproof.

    3 – Storage. 32GB minimum should be standard by now. Specially since Google seems determined to NOT fix damn Android regarding that.

    4 – Less bloatware and a more consistent UI. Example: if the side menu in the app drawer is black, why the heck are the settings menus in that horrible greyish-white?

  • DBS

    And that thing should be killed with fire…=P

  • Camilo Uribe

    I hope the screen still in 5.2 or 5!
    5.5 is too big for me.

  • Raj Singh

    Why? You and I don’t like it but I guarantee you there are people out there that want this…
    A girl I know saw this and was like, “I want this. It’s so different looking from all the other phones out there… plus I want a good selfie cam.”

  • DBS

    Oh I know girls like that. I have a friend living in China that loved it. She currently uses a Note 3 in one of those horrible perfume-shaped cases.
    It’s a fad in Asia now.

    Still, it doesn’t make it less horrible =P

  • Tjaldid

    Unless they shrink down the bezels like the LG G3

  • Niclas

    It’s sounds great . But only rumors hope there will be speaker led and and wireless charging :-)

  • Bur

    I would love a 5incher if it will have the exact same specs but 1080p instead of qhd

  • Ziich

    all this means to me is that hopefully we will get a 64bit 1080p 4.7-5.0 inch z4 compact

  • Camilo Uribe

    That’s right!

  • Kacho_ON

    The 810 SoC is powerful and efficient enough to negate the 2K screen. Which makes this rumor that much more believable.

  • Yali AA

    I think if 4000+mAh would be expected if these specs are true, only thing needed is higher battery.

  • Xperia 2015


  • ohyea

    a dedicated amp for audio FINALLY

  • Samsung

    bring it on

  • Clarence Alvarado

    My own Z4, IMHO:

    Snapdragon 810 (A57+A53 big.LITTLE CPU, Adreno 430 GPU)
    4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, microSDXC up to 128 GB
    2/3-type Curved Exmor RS sensor (rear cam)
    f/2.0, 25mm Sony G lens
    Optical Steadyshot, BIONZ X for mobile (ISO 12800)
    5 megapixel, f/1.8 front camera, 25mm lens
    4K video recording in HEVC (H.265) format
    5.2″ 1080p JDI IPS-NEO Triluminos display, X-Reality for mobile
    LTE Cat.6 (300 Mbps)
    USB 3.1, NFC, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, MHL 3.0, Miracast, MirrorLink
    Hi-Res Audio, ClearAudio, DSEE HX, S-Force Front Surround Sound, S-Master Amp for USB Audio
    3500 mAh battery

  • Adrian969

    810 is abvious choice for Z4. Same with 1440p-screen. No need for leaked information to guess that.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    and the continuation of Sony’s OmniBalance design language.
    please no .. Just f**** no

  • Jesús López Sotelo

    Jizzed in my pants

  • Okazuma

    Problem is the price….600$

  • vraul

    Sería bueno que integre un cargador solar

  • Kaostheory

    Of course better camera software
    Night vision
    Plus top specs

  • Kneipp

    I’m guessing the Z4 will be paired with a Z4 Tablet, and the tablet will be 4K :D

  • anon

    +9000!!!! And for extra credit, illuminate the Sony logo on the back. ARE YOU LISTENING SONY!!???!!??

  • Kenny Larson

    I would totally buy this.

  • Sander Puus

    Side bezels if any, because top and bottom bezels are a necessity for all the HW to fit into such slim device and not to mention gaming experience and multimedia apps usage is better with larger top/bottom bezels *meaning, try to watch a movie when holding the device in hand(s) without any bezels or play a landscape mode full-screen game

  • Raj Singh

    That there could be problematic…

  • Abdul Rahman Khan

    i think sony will continue OmniBalance design until 2020….whr is sony designer team ???? sleeping !!!

  • shanefalco

    wow another giant smartphone with no external buttons with endless frames… I hope not!

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Xperia Z3X? anyone?

  • Amir

    What are you smoking my friend?

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I like this, 5.5 is s bit too much. Only if Sony can shows us a device with much smaller bezels.

    Or all these specs in the Z3 body:

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    4K in a 5 inch screen is useless, as Sony has said with the Z3. Whether they say that because they believe it to be true or to deter everyone who say it should have been 4K like the rest of the competition. Either way the Z4 Tablet should definetly be 4K

  • Faisal Armand

    Hey guys. I just updated my Z2 photostream with 6 night shots from my local mall

    NB: I could use some feedback & suggestions.

    Also by posting my shots on flickr, I wanted to prove that Z1-Z3 is pretty much the best camera on android & ios environment but that is of course if you know how to use the camera.

    I’ve taken over 2000 photos with my Z2, I know its strengths & weaknesses. And I dare to say if I treat let’s say Samsung, LG, iphone camera the same way I treat Xperia cameras, I will not get great shots like I wanted because there is something wrong in their camera system.

    Example: There IS manual settings on samsung cameras but if I tweak the ISO to lower ones, the camera doesn’t fu*king drop the shutter speed so I ended with black wallpapers. Also the night mode uses some sort of interpolation method, so it ended up shooting distorted noisy full of artifacts night shots

    iphone & LG camera: not much I can do with it, especially the iphone.

    Nokia is a helluva different story though as they have complete & easy to use manual settings, thank God android L has it.

    The Z4 camera in theory should be able to beat lumia 1020’s cam. Let’s pray that sony has cooked an excellent software for it

  • liampaulmassey

    I wanna see everything the Z3 has plus more

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Were these pics taken in Superior Auto, or Manual, also what MP count if Manual.

    Coming from a Z1 to Z3, I agree the camera is better, but I was expecting from someone like Sony, with as much camera expertise as they have, to bring a huge leap in their camera quality. Sometimes when I take pics with my Z3 and 1020 I can see huge differences just with focusing on the environment. With the 1020 I can see the camera focusing and adjusting when I want it to focus on certain parts, whereas the Z3 sort of stays the same. For example, if theres a lamp off to the right side, and I focus on it with my 1020 you can see it adjust so the picture isn’t blown out and you get a clear picture, where my Z3 sort of locks on but the lamp still appears overblown.
    Thing is people want smartphone cameras to take excellent pictures automatically, they want there smartphone cameras to be smart, to adjust to the best settings. the iPhone 6 does that, and Sony sort of does that but only in it’s Superior Auto. I still think the Z3 is the best camera around, right upk there with the i6 and S5, just not sure if it can surpass it.

  • Peter

    <3 <3 <3

  • GeeksEmpire

    and that can be the best upgrade from any phone :D

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    IMO Everything is perfect except the screen size as it is too big to put in the front pocket of pants.

  • 5.5 is the limit. See if you can hold a demo LG G3. Its incredible how a 5.5 inch screen can feel reachable at all portions of the screen.

  • Mohammad

    That dedicated amp is really good. But I would like it more if Sony just puts the OIS and Xenon flash into the camera.

  • Faisal Armand

    I took this on manual mode (Night scene in SCN) at 8MP resolution.

    “Coming from a Z1 to Z3, I agree the camera is better, but I was expecting from someone like Sony, with as much camera expertise as they have, to bring a huge leap in their camera quality.”

    They can bring excellent image quality but they have a some sort of horrible backstage politics. You know, Sony doesn’t want their smart lens & point & shoot sales to drop big time so they INTENTIONALLY make half baked camera software for their phone.


    You know both of Z1 & QX10 have the same sized sensor. And when you compare both to lumia 1020 which has OIS and sensor size twice as large.

    Z1 loses by quite a margin even with 8MP oversampling.

    But the QX10 is neck to neck with 1020. And qx10 is without oversampling

    Oh and that overblown lamp that you mentioned is called “flare” that suggests that 1020 has better quality lens than Z3

    Yep, sony’s auto mode is horrible. It likes to fasten the shutter speed & crank the ISO all the way up too bloody damn high.

    On par with S5? I disagree bro, my cousin has S5 and I did a camera comparison with my Z2. I leave both in auto mode and the results are.. In daylight, both S5 & Z2 are neck to neck. Sometimes S5 won, sometimes Z2 won, sometimes it was a draw. Indoor situation was dominated by Z2 as S5 relied heavily on noise reduction thus creating soft images. Night shots.. Hmmm… S5 turned into a mess.

    iphone 6? It is the best 8MP camera out there, it makes very well balanced shots thanks to its large pixel size. But still, I wouldn’t say it is better than.. Let’s say.. LG G3

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I do have a G3 and a 5.5 screen is a bit too big for my taste. And for that matter at 5.5 what’s the difference between that and a Note screen size, just. 2

  • Turki Saadi

    Even if z4 will get wings, those who are not intrest in sony products will not buy it.
    Sometimes i feel weird around all those people who has iphone or samsung but it dosnt matters to me, cause i knwo ive got the best.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I don’t know about the G3 being better than the 6. Mines is good, but it’s not spectacular, I think the Z3 beats it. For me when you look at the camera quality jump from the S4 to the S5 it’s pretty huge, but when you look at Sony and the Z1,to Z2 and Z3 it hasnt changed a whole lot. The Z4 has got to step up the camera game, unfortunately I feel due to the lack of growth in their cameras since the Z1 they wouldn’t be leading but sort of catching up to the competition. They have the potential, clearly just look at their camera line, they just need to execute.

    I think Samsung can afford to put in all their camera optics into their phones without having to worry about losing profit, because they’re pretty good, but now their name carries a lot of weight these days. I might get some hate from this, but it is true, Samsung is now what Sony was back in their glory days. Sony should take the risk and put all they have in their mobile phones. Especially if they continue with the 6 month upgrades, they need to show they can lead an innovate by combining what they have from their other divisions.

  • Faisal Armand

    Regarding samsung camera performance, I meant this

    As for LG G3 & iphone 6. That was just my gut feeling

    As for samsung now is sony when it was at glory day.. Unfortunately that is true. No explanations needed

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Put that damn 64gb internal storage on Z4 & I will sell my house.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Honestly if they can achieve 1020 camera quality with a tiny bit of saturation, but not Samsung levels, with iPhone 6 shutter speed they can make a great camera. Sony, for me, is the best all around in flagships. Samsung gets praised for its screen and camera but ugly design, HTC has boom speakers and great aluminum build, but no waterproofing and a horrible camera. Then the G3 has quad HD screen which takes more battery, also an improved design, but still plastic. Sony had a great design, a very capable camera, that should be better. Duo stereo speakers, great screen for indoor and outdoor use and a great battery life.
    The Z3 stands at a great middle road between the other flagships, but with the Z4, and a better camera package they can start to become better.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Also a 16:9 ratio for the 20.7 MP for the Z3 would’ve have been a very welcome addition instead of jumping down to the 15 MP count.

    Maybe if Sony could bring a 20.7 MP, or more, with the intelligence of Superior Auto that would be great.

  • xperiaDROID

    My dream specs for the Z4:
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core processor
    Adreno 430 GPU
    4GB RAM
    5.2 inch Quad HD screen
    21MP camera with curved Exmor sensor
    4K video recording
    32GB internal storage with micro SD card slot
    Dual front stereo speakers with amplifiers
    Android 5.0 with new Xperia UI
    LTE-Advanced or LTE Cat.6
    3600mAh battery with fast charging technology like from Oppo and also at least 2 days battery life
    Waterproof and dustproof
    New design

  • Faisal Armand

    Totally agree with ya bro! Excellent words indeed

  • Wolf0491

    Wasn’t the Z3 rumored to be the 805 Lol?

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Usually now when I snap pics with my Z3, even my Z1 I shoot Manual at 15 for most shots. Everything in really low-light, pics and vids, are all superior

  • liampaulmassey

    I think they make a new model approximately every 6 months so by the time my contract is over and I’ll be able to upgrade we will be about 3 months after the Z5 yes the Z5 not the Z4, so until then I’ll be sticking with my Z1

  • Matt

    Firstly, Sony’s 6 month release cycle is an idiotic idea, it only makes things more complicated for Sony, like updating software? Sony are knows for a very buggy update.

    And here is my desired flagship z4 specs:

    =New Sony or timescape or anything, new ui your ui looks like the one from xperia ‘s, flat ui is great but on top of that I need cleaner look

    = 5 inch 1080p display for great battery life, focus more on the display technology, send standard!

    =Snapdragon 810 with 20nm means better battery life

    =keep the waterproofing from z3 it’s great enough

    =built in wairless charging! I mean how hard could it be?!

    And maybe copy paste the rest of the specs from z3, it’s good enough. Maybe add OIS on your camera, but I don’t really care about the camera though, it’s good enough as it is.

  • Faisal Armand

    I usually avoid shooting at 20.7MP & 15.5MP modes as they are proven softer, noisier, and has more artifacts than 8MP shots. You should give 8MP shots a try, man.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Manual modes better on the Z3, GSMArena says it’s a bit sharper, better contrast and better exposure. Plus I like zooming in and seeing the deets.

  • liampaulmassey

    Can omeone tell me what exactly a curved sensor improves, I’m not quite sure

  • paul4id

    5.5″ is just too big and such a size should only be for the Ultra, as the normal Z3 is also too big already at 5.2″. I would prefer if the Z4 were around the 5.0″ and leave the Compact at 4.6″.

  • paul4id

    Even better than that, take he translucent sides of the Z3 Compact and use all 4 sides as a notification light!

  • Nguyen Eazy

    everything seems great, then came the OmniBalance design.


  • Sonyfan

    No just the glowing power button as a notification light which also works with PlayStation Eye :3

  • Faisal Armand

    On Z3 yes the manual mode is better.

    I like pixel peeping as well

  • Wolf0491

    You mean Z5 compact. Isn’t the compact on a yearly cycle

  • Ziich

    The z1 compact was announced with the z2 earlier this year

  • spatch

    If they can fit a 5.5 inch screen in the same sized phone as the Z3 by reducing the bezels, no one will complain. Also, wireless charging would be ideal.

  • Kneipp

    Well, they did say that 1920*1200 was enough on displays up to 8 inch (Z3 Tablet Compact), which means that they’re gonna beef up the resolution on the regular Zx Tablet, and when Japan Display already have 10.1-inch 4K-displays (they sent out samples in April) the rest is easy to guess…

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I upgraded my Z1 to Z3 and next year Z3 to Z5.tome to replace my Z Tablet with the Z4

  • Anukul

    If so , sony should make z4 mini with a sub 5 inch 1080p screen, same quality build as z4 and it will do the job .

  • Dedicated amp, large internal memory, and a 64-bit latest chip are already stunning upgrades for the next flagship. I think Sony should maintain the thickness and screen width though (5.2 inch max) unless they improve the design and it’s bezels.

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    Z1 compact originally came out at the end of 2013 in Japan. So the next compact will probably be z5 compact.

  • Ziich

    But it will probably be out around the same time as the z4

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    The twice a year release can’t be help for Sony because Sony is a Japanese company. In Japan, carriers have seasonal line of cellphone, for fall-winter and springs-summer. In order to fill that demand, they have to do it this way.

  • Makozak

    Hey XperiaBlog, you forgot to add something : It’s rumored that Sony will give up the 6 months cycle. So after the Z4 annoucement (i guess at the MWC in march 2015), it will be followed by the Z5 in march 2016 :)

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  • Peter

    I’m sure that I’ll upgrade my z1 to z4, cause it’s going to be significantly better. I thought I’ll do that with z3, but changed my mind after I saw the specs.

  • daniel

    A fingerprint senzor!

  • User2080

    and it’s not a phone, just a camera.

  • Kunal Shukla

    Sony should continue the 6 month launch cycle but with different devices I suppose. Launch Z4 in march and Z ultra in september. This way each device will have a 1 year life cycle and the upgrades over the predecessor will be significant

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    Nope, probably it won’t. The US got their Z1s on January 2014, but that doesn’t mean z3 will come next year 2015. Sony is a Japanese company and it still has a pretty good grip with the market there, so most marketing decisions were based on Japanese market. One of that decisions is the twice a year flagship releasr. Since Japan won’t have any brand new compact this coming spring, there won’t be.

  • Kiwison

    So now, should I buy Z3 or wait? #firstworldproblems :(

  • roeshak

    Everything apart from the octacore 810cpu is possible. Don’t think we’ll be seeing that used in any device until the later half of next year. I’m sure qualcom will again revise the 805cpu producing say the 806 which is more likely for devices early next year.
    To answer the question, yes it would be a worthy upgrade to the z2 and z3.

  • Steven Khoo Skkl…No….No QHD screen for me please..I don’t want it unless it is power efficient.. I’m a power user and my phone’s screen is on most of the time.So unless it’s power efficient.. I’ll be getting a Z3 by the end of the year

  • User2080

    they will give up the 6-month cycle internationally but not in japan. japan’s biggest carrier requires it and sony can’t say no.

    that means sony fans complaining again. either way (giving it up or keeping it) will mean rants from sony fans.

  • eddie

    Pleaaaaaase stay with 5″ or max. 5.2″. They still have the ultra and the compact, no need to raise sizes of compact and normal Z4!!!

  • Abdul Ghani

    these is 808 cpu with 810

  • Abdul Ghani

    ir blaster and wireless charging missing

  • Doubleyoupee

    Now make a Z4 Compact with the same specs but a ~4.8″ 1080p screen (or 720p)

    <130mm x < 67mm x <9mm.

    I would buy the shit out that.

  • Jaywalker

    Almost a phablet. All the specs are for nothing with a bad soft. How about a better camera, a slow-motion feature, a better sound in video, maybe a time display on video recordings, a smaller display, quicker charging, a back with a plastic or some rubber material and not glass or glossy plastic…

  • Guest

    saw your shots 6 new ones 3 are blurry rest are ok because it has too much light in the area and that is not called low light lol low light should do like this how my qx10 does i cannot upload here because its 4 mb in size so took SCREEN SHOT NOT THE FINAL IMAGE but this is iso 3200 in extreme low light

  • Abdul Ghani

    saw your shots 6 new ones 3 are blurry rest are ok because it has too much light in the area and that is not called low light lol low light should do like this how my qx10 does i cannot upload here because its 4 mb in size so took SCREEN SHOT NOT THE FINAL IMAGE but this is iso 3200 in extreme low light..

  • jose

    240 fps or higher slo-mo video

  • Kneipp

    We’re almost the same :)

    I’m keeping my Z1 Compact, and will upgrade from my Tablet Z to a Tablet Z4 – am also waiting for my white PS4 to arrive (it will match my white Sony TV :)).

  • paranthamanbp

    We are expecting xperia z4,, previous generation z2,z3 camera quality is very poor while compared to samsung series, while zooming it seems very bad,,, we hope z4 will be better camera

  • paranthamanbp

    Plzzz,, improve your camera quality and photo size,, superior auto is very worst,, samsungs5 auto mode is better

  • paranthamanbp

    Fast auto focus,, improved air gesture,,, lightening sensor we need,,, triluminous display seem to be very contrasted picture,,,, that is not a beauty, even bravia was good

  • paran

    Plzz improve better camera quality in z4

  • wared

    1. Oled display.
    2. Xenon flash.
    3. IR blaster.
    4. 128GB of storage, because this specs can run a huge games which is very hard to run from micro SD card.
    5. An extreem cooling system to run this huge games without overheat.
    6. Much thinner top and bottom bezels


  • Faisal Armand

    I know 3 of my shots are blurry, I shot them all handheld so my hands had to deal with crazy slow shutter speeds of 0.6-1s.

    I called my shots as “night shots” look again, my friend. Night shots are completely different than “low light shots”

  • AsadMulla

    Z4 compact would hav to be 1080 in my opinion

  • Mike3424234

    4K is useless for you maybe. it’s very usefull if you wanna use a VR helmet with it..

  • randomguy

    it’s not true there is no sign of curved already realeased kawai camera with curved sensor.

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  • Abdul Ghani

    actually nothing can beat qx10 quality i have aken 10x zoom pictures no loss in picture quality so even if z4 camera maybe get good algorithms still cant beat qx10 qx30 or qx1 because they are real camera

  • The Truth

    carved sensor? finally the Z4’s camera will be the suckest than other competitors as always!

    And Sony lie about sound quality of the Z3, it is just normal, so so and nothing special Note 4 and S5 still much greater, it would be so cool if Sony will put DAC on the Z4!

  • Alex Norris

    The most important thing, that we all have been waiting for from Sony, this High-quality camera! I hope that we will see on Z4 curved sensor! We also want that to software for the camera will make really professionals, and not those idiots who do not know how to write software.., even Z3 has a problems with post-processing. I hope Z4 will be 100% cameraphone from Cyber ??shot and it will shift from the throne top Pureview cameras, especially future Lumia 1030 Pureview. But only one thing disappointed me personally, it`s the screen size 5.5 inches. Sony, remember this: Z4 must be top flagship cameraphone, but not phablet :(

  • Faisal Armand

    If you’re not counting optical zoom factor, actually Z4 will have a chance to beat it. It has a curved 1/1.5″ 20.7MP or 22MP resolution which will generate huge pixel size of around 2um.

    Lumia 1020 which has 1/1.5″ 41MP and OIS with oversampling can barely beat QX10. But that’s because nokia pushed to many pixels into one sensor

  • azzido

    Hmm the spec is good and what I expect however I would provide the following changes:

    – Arc design (or at least more like Z2, Z2 has better speaker phone holes and better led light than Z3), maybe combination of Z2 and Arc
    – much better speaker for voice calling, both quality and laudness
    – f/1.2 Sony G Lens
    – Xenon flash and more powerfull LED light to use it as a flashlight.
    – 4K 60fps recording
    – 64GB intenal storage that allow to copy movies bigger than 4GB (like 8-10GB Full HD movies)
    – video calling, to make front facing camera usefull at last. Sony should create an app that allows it.
    – 100% oleophobic, sapphire screen (front and back)

    A must:
    – very bright screen visible in outdoors (consider white magic)
    – very good battery life (on screen time)
    – dedicated camera button
    – premium headphones with noise cancellation

    and I’m done :)

  • Jarrod

    I don’t see a point with qhd screens. Fhd is perfectly sufficient. Just seems like a waste of battery.

  • Ziich

    There is a total of 8 months between the z1 compact and the z3 compact that is a lot closer to a biannual release cycle than a yearly one.
    until the z3 us have always gotten their Xperia flagships really late after all they did not even get the z2 to any carrier.
    seeing as a version of the z1 compact was released in the middle of December then announced for the international market in January followed by the announcement of the z3 compact in September in think there is a great possibility that we will see another compact at the beginning of next year.

  • gRR

    According do Asian tradition, probably , we will never see Z4
    It will be more Z5. Most of Asian producers skip number 4 in the name of their products as bad luck. 4 sounds like “dead” in many languages

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    No, you can’t really judge their phone release based on the international release, but Japanese, since international version might have some problem with local laws and carriers that’ll delay the release of the phone. The us only got their z1 in the beginning of this year, and finally caught up with z3 at the end of this year. Z1 compact came out at the end of last year, and there were no z2 compact. And z3 compact at the end of this year. It’s the same with Sony tablet. Main tablet in the beginning of the year (z tablet and z2 tablet, no z1 tablet). Z3 tablet is a mini tablet, that’s why it’s not just called z3 tablet.

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  • YuuriAyano

    Please don’t get any bigger :(

  • NeonTron

    Yeaaaaaah!!! thin long light notification around all 4 sides, That’s what I thought, I love futuristic design, Sony should do something new.

  • NeonTron

    This reminds me about some old Sony Vaio labtop.

  • Qrio

    I hopefully Sony will change the yearly strategy for XPERIA division

    – Q1: March, Launch

    1) Xperia Z series (5″ Cyber-shot phone)

    2) Xperia W series (5″ Walkman phone; Walkman music app, Great sound chip)

    3) Xperia P series (5″ PlayStation Phone; dual-boot android/VitaOS, PSVita card game slot, detachable controller)

    – Q2: June, Launch

    4) Xperia M series (4.7″ mid-range phone)

    – Q4: October, Launch

    5) Xperia Pad series (8.9″, 13″ tablet for entertainment and creative, responsive and sensitive display that can use finger, pencil or any stylus to write note and sketch, water and dust resistant)

    6) Xperia Original series [use year numbers follow the name for example if Xperia Original releases in 2016 the phone will be name “Xperia Original 2016″] (5.5″ truly One Sony flagship phone, combine all features of Xperia Z,W,P and Tablet into One smartphone, newwest breakthrough technology, Mind-blowing features, premium material, classy design, water and dust resistant)

    7) Xperia E series (4.3” entry-level phone, water and dust resistant)

    I think Seven Xperia models per year… that’s enough! and Sony gotta care about the software updating as much as possible, make software updating to be the strongest point that other competitors.

  • NeonTron

    Yeah Smaller top/bottom bezels

    Maybe Sony should put sensor and front facing camera behind the display like this patent said

  • ryq24

    Sony should add fingerprint sensor just like Apple ‘s Touch ID technology.

  • wared

    Add to that fast battery charging

  • daviddang

    i just want at least 32gb interal storage, refreshed UI (material design please!) or ability to run custom roms without breaking camera quality, and optimized camera. i still love omnibalance but mostly those aspects have been holding me back. wireless charging built in would be a great plus too!

  • daviddang

    sony makes PS4..

  • Jardiel Santana Ceballo

    I feel like they are just doing the same thing over and over again. In my opinion the xperia Z, Z1, Z2 and Z3 look exactly the SAME and the biggest noticeable difference is updated processor and more ram. Yeah. Thats all i can ever wish for. Note the sarcasm. Im not an xperia hater, i have owned the x8, s, zr and now the z1 compact and for me the biggest thing is waterproofing and thats the only reason i prefer sony over other brands, beacause thats a killer feature, but seems ideas have ran short after that. You can easily tell which iphone is wich one because they all have mayor changes in software and hardware, and i think its time for sony to do something different for the love of god.

  • apolloa

    So when will the Z4 Compact be announced? But these specs are pretty impressive I have to say.

  • Timbo1

    substitute 120fps recording for 240fps recording and then the Z4 would be perfect and if Sony figures out post processing for pictures but they have yet to figure it out even in their professional cameras…

  • Timbo1

    shrink the bezels like the Sharp Aquos Crystal!

  • David

    Sony Xperia Z4 Compact ( Look like Sony Xperia Z3, 8.1mm)
    + Display: 4.8″ or 4.9″ 1080p
    + Chipset: Snapdragon 810, Adreno 430 GPU 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB ( Card slot max 128 GB)
    + Rear camera: 20.7MP, 2/3″ Curved Exmor RS sensor, f/1.8, 25mm Sony G lens, Quick Focus, features shutter speed 15s. Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps, 720p@480fps.
    + Front camera: 5MP, f/2.0, 25mm, 1080p@60fps
    + Pin 3100mAh

  • NightSurfer

    It only proves that Sony’s bi-annual release of flagship strategy depreciates the value of an existing flagship thus, losing them profit and it reached a point of saturation where there is almost no major incremental upgrade to an existing flagship like the z2 to z3 upgrade. Then if its true, Z4 is one major leap with both hardware and software(android lollipop). Incorporating their z3v qi wireless charging and a fast charging like nexus 6, to the above specs will totally wipe the competition. Im excited to upgrade to z4.

  • Abdul Ghani

    well its true sony is known as camera phone but z series always disappointed me i hope they take help from sony camera department

  • Best Watanapalin

    All the new features mentioned are very nice! Though, 5.5 inch screen would probably can’t fit in our pocket so well because it is too big. I wonder how the curved sensor would be like :)

  • Revan Sadiva

    add xenon or dual flash too
    all competitors use dual flash

  • George Z

    I don`t know bro.., you so many talking about Z2 low light images, but even the new Z3 with their high iso could not beat old nokia 808 Pureview

  • Ziich

    the Japanese release date right?
    Lets look at the Japanese release of the z series
    xperia z – February 2013
    xperia z1- October 2013 ( 8 months later)
    xperia z2- May 2014 (7 months later)
    xperia z3 – October 2014 ( 5 months later)
    z1 compact- December 2013
    z3 compact- September 2014 (9 months later)
    so the difference between twice a year and once a year is 1-2 months?

  • Ziich

    what! no wireless charging?

  • Faisal Armand

    Nothing can beat 808 pureview, you know. Besides, I’m only talking about android & ios environment here.

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    It’s not calculated EXACTLY like that. The Japanese market divide the phone market into 2 seasons, spring-summer, and fall-winter. So it ends up like this:
    Xperia Z, tablet Z, and xperia A (Spring-Summer2013)
    Xperia Z1, Z1 compact, and Z ultra (Fall-winter 2013-2014)
    Xperia Z2, tablet Z2, and xperia A2 (Spring-summer 2014)
    Xperia Z3, Z3 compact, and Z3 tablet compact (Fall-winter 2014-2015)

    Seeing the pattern here?

    With this pattern, Next Year first half we’ll have Z4 and Z4 tablet, and then the second half we’ll have z5 and z5 compact.

  • jonyah

    I’d trade up from my Z2 for it if it also included the wireless charging capability (in the unlocked gsm version, not verizon) and the battery life is just as good as my z2.

  • jonyah

    Yes. this!! The flash now sucks.

  • jonyah

    That phone is jacked up. How do you hold it in landscape? Only with one side? At least keep the top and bottom bezels symmetrical.

  • jonyah

    They did the wireless charging for Verizon’s Z3, it isn’t hard. I do hope it become standard on all of them though. Then I won’t even need the magnetic chargers. Anything to keep me from having to open the laps.

  • jonyah

    Ya, gRR didn’t really think that one through.

  • Alex Norris

    Will be much better, if Sony takes help of Pureview camera department.. Nokia guys will teach stupid sony programmers, how they must make good software, and what`s mean details.

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  • I would love to buy a Sony smartphone some day but it will be hard to beat my current phone – LG G3. I won’t get excited about any Sony offerings until they lose the wide bezels at the top and bottom – too tall relative to width – also their phones are a bit heavy.

  • Sony Z2

    Also a finger print scanner like Touch ID on iPhones.

  • Aldo Pucci

    I thought samsung stopped paying people after getting caught…

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Sony has a patent on fingerprint scanning over the display.

  • Jumbo

    The girl looks slutty and she is luring me into buying this… NOT! XD

  • Ram Mar

    Add a Z4 Mini Pro into the mix! Port as much as possible from the “compact” version – if there is one – into a waterproof, ULTRA-THIN slider (real keyboard) with a “barely there bezel”. Extra points if it can be released with a custom smart band/wrist dock. Forgive me, i’m feeling a bit nostalgic after seeing my bricked SK17i in my shoe box of junk… :(

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  • Freepat 75014

    I’ll look at the battery and how fast and pratical it could be recharged with 10W and more fast USD chargers, via micro-USB, or better via the Magnetic port. On my Z1 whichever ports I use to charge, even combining several in the same time, it only re-charges as if only one 5W charger was attached. Hope there will be a much faster charging way, at least offering USB3 type 10W fast charging, ideally twice that making 20W, using 2 x 10W fast chargers in the same time (Micro-USB and Magnetic in same time) or else.
    Then I hope they will improve the WiFi so it consumes less and work with Goggle you you can designate Top Priority SSID (That when found with enough signal strength, the phone systematically connects to them ahead of any other things, including de-connecting from another lower priority SSID when top priority SSID is found and OK. At home, I keep loosing my main box wifi SSID connection then get trapped with falsly opened ones, they need to improve that a lot and better recognize the falsly opened SSIDs too).

  • Timbo1

    Its small enough to hold in the palm of my hand because of the lack of bezels, minus the one on the bottom

  • Big Sony fan

    Back camera 30 megapixel, 5 megapixel front camera, octa-core, 3GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB, micro SDXC up to 128GB, 5000mAh battery, USB’s/BT’s/Wi-Fi’s latest version, better loudspeaker, 2G/3G/3.5G/4G, single and dual sim.

  • Anupam

    A brilliant article and has solve many problems of mine but still I have querry on the release date as in mentioned till october end.????

  • robertkoa

    OK Clarence- I want the Compact Version of your Z4.

    I still am probably getting a Z3 C in a week though.

    Oh yeah make sure when you call Sony, to make these Z4 s Durable !

    Even if the back looks like a Tank, lol.

  • robertkoa


    130 mm =about 5.1 inches .

    Hell yeah- perfect size for Pocket!

    Don’t care about “thinness” or 4 ounce weight- we work out and can easily bench press even 6 ounces, lol.

  • Invalid

    These rumours seems pretty solid to me. Although I’m more interested in the next iteration of the compact series. A Z4 compact with the exact same dimensions a 4.7 hd screen S805, 3GB Ram, 32GB internal storage,a new sony lens along with lollipop would be amazing!

  • matticitt

    Waiting for the Z4 so much. But I hope they make the screen 1080p.

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Man I hate waiting but these specs, holy shit man. I hope 32gb or even higer.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    pixel eye
    curved sensor (with of course sexy auto mode)(cybershot)
    s master chip for MOBO(walkman)
    MAGNETIC FLUID SPEAKER(well not necessary)
    Floating TOUCH DISPLAY

  • Rana

    I hope they will making a z4 compact version with spec sheet similar to this z4 and if they do I will probably wanna buy one of those. Beastly sized phones have proven beastly uncomfortable to handle from my past purchase and am looking to step down the ladder as far as phone size is concerned.

  • robertkoa

    I would love to see really step up on the Camera Sensor/Camera Software to a whole new plateau.

    Amplifier for the speakers can be a micro

    1/4 watt per speaker and I think Sony should source some Kevlar Speakers, they will handle more power and the Cones as a side benefit are naturally waterproof. Kevlar is used in Studio Monitor Speakers.

    I hope Z4 and Z4 C are more durable devices, but upgrading Camera and Speakers will make them Great !

    Thinking the back can be a Metal with a bake on ceramic glaze- glass look but shatterproof and hard to scratch.

    And don’t worry about “Thinness” –
    On the Compact give us a 2800 -3000 Mah Battery- if Device is 9 to 10 mm thick- fine.

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  • abhilashthakur

    according to this blog xperia has 5.2 inch display, is it right ?

  • DavidBaik(????????)

    screen 5.5 inch….. too big i think… :(

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