New images of Sony’s “Xperia Z Fourth Generation” leak

by XB on 17th April 2015

in Rumours, Xperia Z4 and Z3+ series


Xperia i1-4_1Last December, Sony Pictures suffered a massive email leak, with North Korea blamed for the attack. As part of that leak, details and a picture emerged of what Sony refers to as the “Xperia Z Fourth Generation.” Since then we have seen numerous images and details of this handset leak that ties into that image.

More recently there has been speculation that this handset may not be branded the Xperia Z4 and could be a revised Xperia Z3 called the “Xperia Z3 Neo”. Regardless of what the handset is called, new images from the same leak have emerged thank to Wikileaks who published an “analysis and search system for The Sony Archives”.

The handset codenamed “i1-4” follows on from the Xperia Z1 which was codenamed “i1” and is tagged as a design concept, although the images tie in with everything we have seen so far. The images also refer to a picture titled “The New Metal Expression” giving detail of a new sleek frame:

“Making the metal more solid and sleek,
in high polished surfaces created by metal plating,
all we do this with a new anodizing technology”

As part of the same leak, the launch date for this handset was pegged for Sony’s fiscal first quarter (i.e. April to June 2015). This means we are likely to see the handset release in June, tying it with the Xperia Z4 Tablet launch. That is of course, if Sony hasn’t changed its mind in the meantime. This information came from a leaked email dated early October 2014, plenty of time for Sony to change plans or use this handset as a filler whilst readying the ‘real’ next-generation Xperia flagship.

Sony Calendar

It will be interesting to see what happens with this handset given recent rumours and issues that many manufacturers appear to have faced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. We will keep you posted.

Xperia i1-4_1

Xperia i1-4_2

Xperia i1-4_3

Xperia i1-4_4

Via WikiLeaks.

Thanks to all that sent this in!

  • Guest

    I waded through the wikileaks stuff last night. Some of these renders look amazing. Especially the render being shown on PhoneArena. Looks stunning.

  • MG

    The fourth Z generation is the Z3, so the coming one is the fifth!

  • Rock Kickass

    I waded through the Wikileaks stuff last night. Some of these renders look amazing. Especially this render. Looks stunning.

  • Antonio

    Walkman now is called Music, also in lock screen you can return the song

  • Antonio

    Absolutely, Sony is doing it great!

  • Antonio

    Walkman now is called Music, also in lock screen you can return the song

  • I still can see a huge bottom bezel, it looks bigger than z3.. :-(

  • XperiaBlog

    Sony is referring to the generation since the Z1 we believe, especially given the codenames:

    i1 Xperia Z1
    i1-2 Xperia Z2
    i1-3 Xperia Z3
    i1-4 Above concept

  • Mike Gonzalez

    im still willing to see Sony breaks away with current omnibalance design and bring something fresh
    i mean, it was cool the first 2 generations, but now it’s so played out that even Samsung made a Galaxy with glass on front and back panels… we want more metal, less bezels and better camera algorithms. so hopefully they get it right for Z5

  • Nawi

    That UI is very old and Z4 is going to have 5.0 xD

  • Nawi

    Looks awesome!

  • Arda Akca

    This one is better imho.

  • Shehab Skull

    not true ! it is fake .. any one can notice it by looking at this old ui ! it is 4.3 dudes !!!

  • DBS

    IF this happens, it will just be an all metal Z3. Meh.

  • DBS

    Unless Sony realises that Android Lollipop is Android’s Windows Vista and pre-loads 4.4 KitKat instead with some extra features like the SD card thing.

  • DBS

    Not in my Z3C it isn’t and the Walkman app was updated a few days ago.

  • Yali AA

    I did upload the beta many days ago on Aptoide….

  • Paul M

    Where’s the Z4 Ultra phablet with the 6.4″ 2k screen?

  • P9

    or could Sony gonna announce both Z3 Neo and Z4?
    I rather hope single Z4, and a true flagship that have to be more than just over S6 or i6.
    XZ user.

  • Rock Kickass

    Looks nice, bit thick for my liking, but I wouldn’t complain.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Edges looks sharp, might affect in hand use

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    EXACTLY! Sony needs to step up their game

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    These renders were leaked way before Sony pushed out Lollipop to their devices. Sony prolly had this concept for the Z3 Neo/Z4 a long time ago

  • Antonio
  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    The flat edge, where the power button is supposed to be fits in with the latest rumor floating around. That the power button will be replaced with a fingerprint sensor

  • DBS

    Then it’s not yet called Music. Also the Google+ group of the Beta is called Walkman (or was until a few days ago). At any rate, you won’t see Beta names is renders. Unless it’s a Windows Phone lol

  • jmaxim917

    Please cover that USB port, it’s as gross as the iPhone and Galaxy home button.

  • japolis

    lollipop is the w8

  • Nodar Sixarulidze
  • spade

    http://up-ship.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/no-9.jpg
    ..and btw, the USB port it’s waterproof FYI.

  • xperiaDROID

    Must be the Z3 Neo. It MUST be the Z3 Neo.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I doubt they will announce two phones like that, especially if one is just a refresh. Chances are one device could undercut the other

  • naru

    Is the back a polished metal plate? This is truly exciting!

  • apolloa

    Looks nice but too big for me as no doubt it will be 5.5″ or bigger.

  • The_Newtype

    If true, I love the new design.

    Perhaps the thickness is for larger battery + OIS? Wishful thinking would be a 1″ sensor… my gosh, that would be awesome.

  • jmaxim917

    I’m aware that it’s waterproof, however, would still prefer it covered.

  • Chetan Reddy

    They are just renders and that to initial renders bro..end product was always good

  • Vincentius Phang

    Is it really june or is it oops i mean july, oops i mean june next week, oops i mean july, oops i mean sept.

    On a more serious note. Whenever it is, it better be aligned with the launch of the new Bond movie.

  • Kaostheory

    You can buy usb plugs for cheap. I thought I was the only one that liked it covered. Just because it’s waterproof doesn’t protect it from damage from dirt.

  • Sadman Khan

    You could go to the previous song before as well. You just needed to pull down the notification card in the lockscreen.

  • Vincentius Phang

    as much as it looks cool, it’ll be a better design for a power bank

  • kido

    Thanks just downloaded it

  • Antonio

    walkman search doesn’t work after upgrade to Lollipop, can someone help me?

  • Amsakanna

    awesome

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    This might be a very classic. I love it

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  • Alvin Zahran Majid

    based on the picture it is i1-4, because Z1 has that i1 codename, and Z2 has that i1-2 name, so Z4 or fourth generation Z has that i1-4 name, so that means fourth generation from Z1 not from Z

  • Alvin Zahran Majid

    so you want to buy a phone or buy a phone without any bezel? if you don’t want a phone with bezel, just buy another product, i’m getting sick of people complaining about bezel this, bezel that.

  • Alvin Zahran Majid

    yes, the phone design is the new design concept, but the concept was made in 2014 or so

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I like the top render the best. The more rectangular power button looks like it could serve as a great fingerprint sensor

  • A.o.D

    Some of the leaked renders are so beautiful..I’m so confused right now whether to get the Z3 neo or to wait for the Z4. Both can prove to be a good upgrade to me as I have a ZL.

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  • spatch72

    A phone that thick would have to include QI wireless charging, hence the loss of the magnetic charging dock (as seen on the Z4 tablet).

  • Sergio

    Yeah, still called walkman, but the icon has changed

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  • David Hvatov

    Android 4.4 was so beautiful…

  • jamie evans

    Looks so beautiful I want it soooooo bad. Just stunning

  • Nodar Sixarulidze

    ]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cKJNHiCjGO4/VTI9jBvgQrI/AAAAAAAACic/NKz5x9g9v5s/s1600/11010500_974930375875109_8232908152657297631_n.jpg

    http://sonygeorgia.blogspot.com/2015/01/xperia-z4-ivy.html#more

  • nzone

    This source is not trustworthy.. the sony.yt one.

  • azzido

    I do not care thickness as long as it will be used for massive battery + better, larger, curved camera / lens / sensor / xenon flash and so on! Hope for 5,5 inch display as well. Give it to me!!!

  • azzido

    Finally back button! Is there also track search like it was on kit kat?
    They should allow us to change the place of this widget to top.
    Regret Walkman name :(

  • azzido

    I regret Ultra is going to receive worze camera in comparison to regular Z = that’s why I will never buy Ultra device from Sony.

    I do not get it, if smaller compact version can have the same camera so why Ultra needs to be punished just like tablets ???

  • azzido

    love the edges and look of TOP one!!! :)

  • Tupac

    You right. They wanna make these thin phones with small batteries. Who is willing to give up thinness for large battery?

  • nick radu

    WOW…gorgeous, superb, supreme, beautiful. Sony, please do NOT change the final design, then I’m definitely getting Z4. just WOW

  • Paul M

    it does seem bizarre that they put in a lesser camera and no flash! It’s not as if there’s no room for a whole array of LED flashes!

  • spade

    Fair enough.

  • spade

    How about cleaning it using water since the USB port is waterproof?
    I wonder though what were you doing with dirt in the first place.

  • kaostheory

    A cover is cheaper than a waterpic. I’m in the trades for starters. On my leisure I enjoy mt. biking, dirt biking, quadding, off roading, hiking. I’ve destroyed every usb port on every phone I’ve owned, with the exception of Xperia phones with covers and magnetic charger. There seems to be nothing but desk jockeys on these sites, including reviewers.

  • Armando Rodriguez

    It would be better to upload those in apkmirror no?

  • Yali AA

    eh no.

  • I complained about the huge bezel, i am using Since Original Z, last year z1, this year z2. I said bezels appear bigger than z3. Got my point?

  • A.o.D

    yup..those will be some cool looking phones if they turn out to be real

  • ymytbb .

    I want it so bad. that’s it

  • InspectorGadget80

    Simply beautiful I just wish they would of use a 808 instead of the 810. Guess I’ll wait till the Z Ultra 2
    Time to upgrade from my Z1 ;)

  • Blacksparrow15

    Where’s Timel?

  • InspectorGadget80

    Simply beautiful but why the crappy 810 for :(

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  • meir cohen

    Too thick….??
    Am i right? Or…. idon’t know.
    Maybe i am too old to say.

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  • meir cohen

    Galaxy Note 5 OR SONY Z4 ?????
    What do you say my friend’s?
    Thank you all.

  • arcu de triumf

    Metal? Really? To see the scratches better? To slip it when you have wet hands? I don’t know…The design looks good but…

  • hansip

    When Sony trim the bezel, I’ll guarantee that you will complain about usability. Hard to please everyone. Plus for me the only problematic bezel is the sides, the top bottom bezel is for usability and esthetic reason that i myself won’t complain for what it is.

  • nick radu

    Looks like Xperia is going in the right direction. I like the metal body. Just stunningly beautiful wow. Z4 will be the phone of the year 2015…or Z4 Compact. Definitely getting one of them.

  • Arda Akca

    Would look like this if the final product will be thinner.

  • comme des garcons

    I really like the design including the metal body. It’s a great change imo

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  • sss

    with kitkat? nice try :)

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  • In my Opinion Side bezel is Ok, it is for good hold. You can easily hold by 1 hand without accidental touches. So no worries about side bezels. Only problem is Top and Bottom bezels. When somebody see the phone while it’s screen on, it looks soo ugly with huge bezels. I am So happy abou the Original Xperia Z Bezels. Its so tiny. Nobody complained about Z bezels. Coz that is a standard and OK size. But look those leaked z4 pictures, u can see a Huge Huge bezel top and bottom.

  • Red Dots are bezel start areas.. See other Pics also.

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  • The_Newtype

    Agreed.

  • Alvin Zahran Majid

    okay i’m sorry, but that’s just ‘appeared’, it’s actually has a larger screen-to-body ratio than Z3 (if i’m not mistaken) :)

  • beby99

    We hope the Xperia Neo Z3,that is expected, will not be an update of the name of this model.

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