Sony launches Xperia Z4 – but only in Japan

Sony has officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 sporting a few tweaks from the Z3.

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The only real headline difference is the processor upgrade, changing from a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor to an eight-core, 64-bit, 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It will be interesting to see what affect this has on performance, as it is less powerful but has more cores.

The other improvement is the shaving off of 0.4mm, making it just 6.9mm thick. Otherwise it’s pretty much the same, with a 5.2-inch screen, 20.7MP rear facing camera, 3GB of RAM and resistance to both water and dust.

The minor alterations to the Z4, along with minimal design changes, seem to back up the theory that Sony should release just one flagship device a year to make it different enough from the previous version.

Despite similar styling, the HTC One (M9) is a much better device under the hood. Samsung and LG have gone all out with design changes for their S6 and G4 models respectively, as well as upgrading the specs. The Z4 hasn’t really done either of these, so we wait to see if the sales are much better than the Z3’s.

Regarding sales, it currently looks like it’s only on sale in Japan with no news of a worldwide release, although we do expect that to happen in the near future.

What do you think of the Z4? Are you likely to get one? Let us know.

Also, why not check out Android magazine issue 50, in which we take a look at the HTC One (M9), the latest flagship to get a worldwide launch.