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Sony Xperia Z4 to Land at CES in January

Rumors by admin on Monday November 24, 2014.

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Considering Sony releases a new flagship every six months we are never too far away from a rumor concerning the company's upcoming high end releases. The Japanese giant may still be giving its all to the September launched Xperia Z3, but behind the scenes they are in the final development of the next flagship handset, the Xperia Z4. Sony normally rolls out its new smartphone in February, so we are only around two months away from seeing the new device.

PhoneArena has received a shout about the specs for the new Xperia Z4 and a phablet version, while the tipster also said that the handsets would land at the CES 2015 trade show in Las Vegas at the start of January. The handset is of course going to up the spec ante in most respects over the Xperia Z3 and will land with a 5.4-inch Quad HD Triluminos display.

Other new hardware will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with a massive 4GB of RAM. Elsewhere there will be a new generation Exmor 20.7 megapixel rear camera, a 4.8 megapixel front facing shooter, and a 3420 mAh juicer.

The real question here is whether these rumors are accurate. Sony has issued invites for a CES event, so the company is certainly up to something at the Las Vegas based expo. However, CES has traditionally been a place for computing and other consumer electronics, not necessarily smartphones. Sony is of course pretty big in the gaming, TV, and tablet market too, so the invite could be for one of those products.

I would certainly be surprised to see the Xperia Z4 launch at CES, just four months after the Z3. If Sony normally waits until the Mobile World Conference (MWC, this year at the start of March), but perhaps the company will launch during CES, but will not roll out the handset until sometime in February.

As for the specs, previous reports have suggested a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 for the Xperia Z4, but it seems that the device is landing too early for that processor, which will probably not make it presence felt until MWC. 4GB of RAM seems a bit excessive, but the 64-bit kernel in Android 5.0 Lollipop can handle that much RAM and perhaps Sony is packing that much to better deal with the quad HD screen.

In terms of the camera, Sony has recently launched a new Exmor model (the IMX230) that comes with image plane detection AF tech, and 192-point autofocus for fuzz-free images of fast-moving objects, as well as real-time HDR shots. That module is almost certain to make its debut in the Xperia Z4.

There is also rumors of an Xperia Z4 Ultra that will boast a 5.9-inch screen. It seems as though the specs will be the same aside from it getting a 16 megapixel snapper, while this device is reported to be just 5.9mm thick.

source: PhoneArena

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