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.
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.
We are still awaiting the launch of the Xperia Z4, Sony's upcoming new flagship smartphone, which is due to arrive sometime this summer. The Japanese company seems to have another high end handset up its sleeve too, with serial tipster @Upleaks claiming that Sony will unveil a new well spec'd device code-named "Lavender".
Sony has had to contend with declining smartphone sales, continued money losing, and even claims that the company is ready to sell off its Xperia division. However, Sony has vehemently denied that it will offload its smartphone division and in fact the company is setting ambitious targets for this year, which is not a bad thing considering the Japanese giant makes good devices that look good and are well spec'd.
Sony has been slow getting Android 5.0 Lollipop to its devices, but the company has announced the update for the Xperia Z3 and Zperia Z2 range recently. The Japanese giant also revealed that the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra are also in line for the upgrade, but what about the older Xperia Z? At two years old, the former flagship is aging for sure, but Sony confirmed today that the device will indeed be getting a lick of the Lollipop in the near future.
Sony's Xperia Z4 has recently passed through GFXBench and the reports and rumors are stacking up around the upcoming flagship. The handset is expected to land this summer and that seems a lot more likely now that the Xperia Z4 has passed through the FCC.
Sony has only recently started rolling out Android Lollipop to the Xperia Z flagship range and the company has been pretty vague about its update schedule. For example, it was widely thought that the company would only upgrade its Xperia Z flagship devices to Lollipop, especially as Sony has not mentioned handsets like the Xperia E3, Xperia C3, Xperia M2, Xperia T3, or the Xperia T2 Ultra. That has changed through.
LG's G4 has passed through benchmarking software and surprised us; now it is the turn of Sony's next flagship, but the Xperia Z4 is exactly what we expected. The handset made its way through GFXBench's suite as the Sony E6553. While that is not the Xperia Z4 by name, the listed specs certainly point to this handset being the upcoming flagship.
While Sony is playing the waiting game before launching the Xperia Z4 flagship, the company did announced the Xperia J1 Compact last week. The handset seems to be a Japan exclusive, but we hope one day Sony will decide to bring its solid specs and dinky size to other shores.
We've been hearing about a new Sony smartphone recently that will apparently play to the selfie crowd, called the Sony Cosmos. This handset will be a replacement for the Xperia C3, a device that also comes with an above averages front facing camera. Today, there is a fresh image of the Cosmos and the front camera module is clear to see.