News by Luke Jones on Monday April 20, 2015.
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Sony has unleashed its new flagship, the Xperia Z4, but those looking for a big leap over the six month old Xperia Z3 will probably be disappointed. Indeed, the Z4 is in fact merely an incremental shift, while the disappointment will likely continue with news that the device will be exclusively sold in Sony's homeland of Japan. Note to worry though, the company says it will launch another global flagship at the end of the summer.That leaves the question, what is the Xperia Z4? It is clearly a stop gap of a device, a small update over a previous model and in fact it seems it has only been made at all to appease Japanese company's looking for better specs. Hopefully, the other flagship Sony announced (likely to be unveiled at IFA in September) will be a more radical change in the Xperia Z line. Looking at the Xperia Z4, it seems exactly the same as it predecessor, but the subtleties are there. For example, the handset is 0.4mm thinner than the Xperia Z3 and 8 grams lighter, we bet you feel foolish for not noticing now. On the inside the differences are a little more obvious, such as the inclusion of the 64-bit QUALCOMM Snapdragon 810, but those hoping for a Quad HD screen will be disappointed (there's that word again). Instead the Xperia Z4 gets the same 5.2-inch 1080p panel found on the previous Sony flagship. There is also 32GB of storage that can be expanded with a 128GB micro SD cards, while the camera is a 20.7 megapixel lens. Yes, this is all very similar and familiar, so we think Sony has done the right thing making the Xperia Z4 a Japanese exclusive. This is simply not enough of a leap to be the company's core flagship for the next year, yes it will undoubtedly be a very good smartphone, but so was the practically identical Xperia Z3. Yes, the Z4 will get Android Lollipop out of the box, but the Z3 is also getting the update now, while Lollipop alone is no reason to upgrade a device necessarily. Sony has not said if the global flagship coming later in the summer will be a new handset, or whether it will be a different variant of the Xperia Z4. Likewise, it is unknown if the specs or design will be more appealing to those looking for Sony to brush shoulders with the likes of Samsung. If not, then there will be plenty of... what's that word again... oh yes, disappointment.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.