Earlier today alleged photos of the Sony Xperia Z4 were posted on a French tech blog. The build of the Z4 looks very similar to the Xperia Z3, Sony’s most recent flagship smartphone. In somewhat of an odd, and perhaps unrelated move, T-Mobile also decided today to discontinue carrying the Z3 in their smartphone lineup. Could the Z4 unveil be sooner than we think? So far we have not seen as many concrete rumors for the Z4 as for the LG G4 which will be announced later this month on April 28. The G4 and Z4 are undoubtedly the two biggest Android flagship releases on the near horizon.
If you look carefully at the photos you will notice a few key factors differentiating the Z3 and Z4. The Z3 had the front camera sensor on the right side, while the pictures clearly show the Z4 has moved this sensor to the right. It also appears that the speaker cutouts have moved front the bezel itself to just below and above the front bezel, giving a noticeably larger cutout for stereo speakers. The new speaker cutouts also give the phone a more streamlined look around front in my opinion. In addition to the camera sensor and the speaker changes, the Z4 also appears to have removed the flap covering micro USB port on the bottom of the phone. With the removal of this flap it leads us to wonder if the Z4 will be as waterproof and dust resistant as its predecessor.
We certainly expect Sony will continue the 5.2″ display with 3-4 GB of RAM and most likely 32 GB of internal storage. It is also safe to assume that the Snapdragon 810 will make an appearance, despite the continuing rumblings of the processor causing overheating (still haven’t seen it overheat in my M9 by the way). Sony might also choose to offer both a 1080p and QHD variant of the Z4, certainly a great option to have if you value increased battery life over the increased PPI. What do you think of the Z4? Does Sony continue playing it too safe by not changing the design? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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