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Sony Xperia Z4 to be Metal and Sport Fingerprint Sensor


News by admin on Thursday April 16, 2015.

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Xperia Z4 Leak
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We have seen a lot of leaks regarding the Sony Xperia Z4, and now it seems we will see the handset later this month when Sony hosts an April 20th press event. However, there is still time for one more piece of information before the big launch, with the latest report suggesting that the Xperia Z4 will feature an all-metal unibody.

Sony has been building its flagships with glass rears, something that company actually pioneered with the original Xperia Z. However, most major manufacturers have now turned to metal as a building material for its flagships, with only LG, Motorola, and of course Sony being the hold outs. Whether Sony will go the way of Apple and HTC and make the Xperia Z4 entirely metal, or like Samsung with the Galaxy S6 sandwiches its glass panels against a metal frame remains to be seen.

As well as that fresh information about the build of the Z4, the handset seems to also be carrying another feature that is becoming increasingly popular. A new rumors says that the Xperia Z4 will have a fingerprint scanner embedded into the power button, which sits along the landscape edge of the device.

As for the rest of the Xperia Z4 rumors, we thought a roundup was in order:

There have been two contrasting rumors around this handset so far. The first one suggests that Sony will pull out all the stops and create a flagship par excellence with the latest specs, while the other reports hint that the device will actually just be an incremental update over the Xperia Z3. Now, the Z3 is a very good smartphone, but still we would prefer the overhaul. Looks like we will not be getting it though as a new report today suggests Sony is taking the lesser of the two options.

The rumor says that Xperia Z4 will get a 5.2-inch 1080p screen as opposed to the 5.4-inch Quad HD previously rumoured, while it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 instead of an 810. That will be a slight processor bump and a bigger screen size over the Z3, but hardly anything to suggest not just getting the older Xperia for less money.

Sony is on a slippery slope with this tactic. The company has said it is focusing on high end flagship products in 2015, but the company will only update its core smartphone by tiny amounts. The Japanese company changes flagships every six months and despite each new addition being very good and better than the previous, they are starting to get a bit blurred. Is the Xperia Z3 any better than the Z2, and will the slightly bumped Z4 be that much of a leap from the still new Z3?

If Sony launches the Z4 with these modest specs you could arguably pick up an Xperia Z2 for a much more affordable price and have much the same experience. Yes, Sony's new Exmor IMX230 will make the camera experience a definite improvement over previous models, but for our money that is not enough. The time has come for Sony to either turn to a once a year flagship roll out, or do something but with the Xperia Z4.

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Sony was widely predicted to launch its new Xperia Z4 at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) early in March. That would have tallied to the six month window Sony uses for flagship launches, but a new reports says that the company is delaying the Z4 and reverting to an annual launch cycle. The news is coming from Xperia Blog, an outlet that is usually on the beat of all things Sony.

The company recently announced that it would revamp its smartphone strategy to stem growing losses, and it would focus on high end devices. I for one would be happy if Sony decides to concentrate all its expertise into one smartphone flagship per year.

 
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