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Alleged 5.4" Xperia Z4 specs and pictures leak, coming January 5th alongside a 5.9" Z4 Ultra

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It's about two months and change from the grand Xperia Z4 unveiling, if history is any indication, but the rumors are already flying our way fast and furious. First we heard that it will feature a larger display with Quad HD resolution, and that was corroborated by the allegedly leaked screen frame.

We were just sent a tip that both the Z4, and a larger Z4 Ultra, will be unveiled at the CES expo in Las Vegas on January 5th, which we could have guessed from Sony's press event invitation before. The tipster, however, goes on confirming a laundry list of specs changes that will be in store with the two handsets - it is slightly weaker than what we've heard before in the chipset part, yet more believable than the outlandish claims so far.

Claimed Xperia Z4 LCD touch digitizer

Claimed Xperia Z4 LCD touch digitizer

The Z4 is expected to sport a 5.4" Quad HD Triluminos display (not the 5.5" we heard before, but it might be a matter of rounding the diagonal up or down). Next in line is the chipset - those who were expecting a Snapdragon 810 one, tough luck, as the source indicates the Z4 will be equipped with an 805 generation, and we are inclined to believe them. January would be too early of a timeframe for a chipset that will only ship to customers in the first half of the year. Moreover, if history is any indication, Sony usually doesn't place the latest that's in tight supply, but usually goes a notch below, and a Snapdragon 805 is nothing to sniff at anyway. 

What miffs us a bit are the purported 4 GB of RAM in Sony's next flagship - a theme we heard in all the alleged specs leaks so far. Granted, the Z4 will be running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and its 64-bit kernel supports addressing 4 GB of RAM now, but such an amount might be a bit overkill, and raise the production price unnecessarily. We'll take it, don't get us wrong, and Sony never saves from the RAM amount, we are just curious if this will indeed pan out. 

As for the all-important camera part, Sony is said to equip the Z4 with the same 20.7 MP resolution, but with a sensor of new generation, and two more lens elements for collecting more light. The front camera has finally been improved, too, and would feature a hearty 4.8 MP sensor with wide-angle view, as any self-respecting selfie phone now should. Last but not least, a 3420 mAh will be backing it all up, which, knowing Sony's frugal display tech, would mean battery life commensurate with the Z3, which has an excellent endurance. For the design changes in the Z4 it's only mentioned that the flagship will have thinner top and bottom front bezels, and more rounded corners, as you can see in the pictures below, and that's all we want from it in terms of chassis restructuring.

As for the Z4 Ultra, it is said to feature a 5.9" Triluminos display (not the rumored 6.4" panel, mind you), the same Snapdragon 805 chipset with 4 GB of RAM, but a lower-resolution, 16 MP camera with dual LED flash. Its other selling point will be an extremely thin chassis, to the tune of the amazing 5.7mm. Knowing Sony, and the fact that the original Z Ultra was long the thinnest smartphone on the market, we are inclined to believe that number.

Interestingly enough, Sony just unveiled a new IMX230 sensor with 20.7 MP resolution, image plane detection AF tech, and 192-point autofocus for blur-free snaps of fast-moving objects, as well as real-time HDR stills, so that might be what we will see in the Z4 indeed. In the press release, the company also said that it is developing a 16 MP version of this same sensor, which fits in nicely with the rumor here that the Z4 Ultra will have a new sensor with that exact same resolution. What do you think about the alleged specs of these two puppies, any takers?

Thanks for the tip!

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posted on 24 Nov 2014, 02:46 4

1. hmd74 (Posts: 476; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Z2 is that you?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:01 6

3. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Nope.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:17 1

22. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 275; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Just wait for Z5 at the end of the year that will have 810 inside.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:36 1

29. tnuc2014 (Posts: 223; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


or the Z6 early in 2016 which will have the 815? You could go on forever with this approach. If you're telling me that the 805 is crap, then yes it's worth waiting, but I don't think this is the case?

posted on 06 Dec 2014, 20:00

66. Ruturaj (Posts: 1293; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


805 is good but it was just refinement over 801 which is refinement over 800. 810 is 20nm SoC, with 64 bit architecture and octa (8) core processor while 805 is 28nm 32 bit and quad core technology.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 19:58

51. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Sony is abandoning its 6 month upgrade. And I'm sure it will get the 810 since qualcomm has already put out their own reference 810 smartphone.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:30 1

24. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


no SD810, no go. I am sure samsung S5 will have it and then noone will get the Z4. when Z2 and S4 were released, S4 had better chpset but the difference was tiny, But if Z4 came with SD805 and S5 came with SD810 then the difference is huge and Sony need to think about making job cuts from now.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:39 3

31. neela_akaash (Posts: 1115; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


i think you are talking about s6...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 07:11

36. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I think you are missing one generation of S XD should be S6 and S5 in the order of your comment. But Z4 will be a great flagship next year for sure. It might not be the best but it will be a great all around phone. I guess I will be waiting on Z6 if I want to keep my 2 year upgrade cycle lol My Z2 is still kicking.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 04:19

57. Kylesforza (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


You mean Z1 and S4.

Z2 and S5 came alongside and both had same processors. Z2 has more RAM tho.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:40

32. neela_akaash (Posts: 1115; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


if it's 805 then no point in replacing my z2.... not interested in minor upgrades...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 02:53 12

2. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1381; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Snapdragon 805??? Hope not. Must be 810.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:05

5. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Looks like TI is forgotten.
I remember them saying they weren't out of business. Where is OMAP 5?

Anyway, 805 will be fine too :)

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:17

23. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 275; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Nope far too soon for 810. Z5 at the end of the year will have it.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 08:08 2

40. Busyboy (unregistered)


Nope it won't get 805 or 810. I guarantee the Z4 and S6 will get 808. Then the 810 will get launched with the Note 5.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:02 8

4. kent-gaga (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


this is 99% fake
look at the UI on the screen
it's from the Z1/Z2 with smaller icons and different clock widget
and the lower bezel is smaller than what you see in the picture of the screen panel that's leaked earlier
btw rubberized sides? please that's not Sony at all

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:09 5

7. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


Nobody said its real you f**king idiot
PA has done a quick mock up
Its not official renders clearly you dumb ass

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:26 24

10. kent-gaga (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Was I insulting or saying something that's wrong to someone??
nobody asked you to be rude
And where did you find the information about PA making a quick mock up?
they said "Specs and picture leaks" on the tittle so....
you're being rude for nothing

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:06 4

6. Einstein333 (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I have the z3 compact and I must say this is by far the best smartphone I've ever had (coming from Samsung and HTC)! Especially battery life is waaay better than with my Samsung galaxy before. I would say the z3 compact is almost the perfect smartphone! The only thing I'm not happy with is the protection of the screen. We need a saphire display! Mine fell on the floor (on a carpet!) when I was sitting on a chair and the display was broken!! Please Sony produce a new phone with a saphire display and I won't hesitate to update! Then your smartphones will be perfect!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:19

14. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


get a screen protector already man!!! WTH is wrong with you!?!?!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:22 1

15. Phonedingo (Posts: 386; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


If it was sapphire it would've broken more easily.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:10 1

8. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


No Z4 compact??

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:53 1

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4115; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


There will be for sure

I hope there's a Z4, Z4 M and Z4 C
5.4" Z4
5" Z4 M
4.6" Z4 C

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:58

21. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


Sony may skip the Z4C this time around like they did the Z2

And defo wouldn't bet on 3 Z4 models

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:13 1

9. Amir1 (Posts: 336; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


some of the info in this article is bulls**t.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:28 1

11. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 475; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Just make the camera as good as Samsung.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:04 1

13. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


If the processor is s805, the RAM will be 3 GB as it's a 32-bit chip.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:27

55. goodenough (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


I do agree

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:34

16. vuyonc (Posts: 988; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


SD805? Whaaaaat? Sony played it really safe making the Z3 and gave me the impression that they'd buy more time to leapfrog over the SD805.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:43 1

17. trung_ero (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I think the z4 ultra need 2k display more than the z4

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:45

18. kameni011 (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


On leaked digitizer front speakers was on edge like on Z2, now on this first picture there in posution like on Z3?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:50

19. Sagitter1 (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Sony just add OIS, and people buy a tempered glass screen protector!
By the way why update every 6 months???You buy z3 and OMG z4 is out...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:56 1

20. maple_mak (Posts: 111; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Fake design.
Z4 not using Z2 speaker design?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:58

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Fail if true. Don't know why Sony is despo on releasing phones every 6 months, such a bullcrap strategy, no wonder they are in Loss...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:26

26. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


If it has an 810 processor I'll take the Ultra.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:26 1

27. sonisoe (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 May 2009)


i think am buying z4..been waiting for the ideal z series and i think z4 is it for me... doesnt matter whether z5 is coming 6 months after (but i thought sony admittedly said they werent going to churn out flagships bi-annually any longer, as from significant product differentiation point of view, it's just not possible)

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:30

28. Switch00 (Posts: 407; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Sony Z(1-3) series feels incredibly cheap when held in hands. If those pics are for real, the legacy will go on...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:54 2

34. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Cheap? Interesting...
If you don't mind me asking, what phone is premium feel for you?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 17:02

47. TMach (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Not many phones can boast a better build quality or more premium feel than the Z2 or Z3! The HTC One M7 & M8, based on personal preference are the only phones I would compare with the Z2 & 3 as well as the iPhone! Pray tell us which phone you are using that you consider represents premium build!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:38

30. tnuc2014 (Posts: 223; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


One thing is certain, the Z4 will be an improvement on the Z3. I'm just hoping that the size doesn't increase too much.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:50

33. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


I was thinking the same thing. I'll give alpha to my wife and get me z4.
Just hope they don't make it bigger than z3.
Don't know why but i like that Sony brand for ages.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 07:04

35. sasa3342 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Pictures are taken from this video youtube.com/watch?v=P9C_zXO7Prs

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 08:53

42. vuyonc (Posts: 988; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Ah the pics are fake

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 07:15

37. leonmbj (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


I like my Z Ultra, even with crappy câmera (I use an dedicated camera, so I don't care)
But I had to install sound mod to make it louder

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 07:21

38. dimas (Posts: 1925; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Corning glass 4 and same UHD display for Z4 compact and they get my money. Put QHD and I'm going to look at other brands.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 07:27

39. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


UHD? come on bro, you won't be able to tell that much different on a compact. Z Ultra maybe. I do hope you have a UHD TV so you know there isn't too many 4K content out there.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 20:13

52. dimas (Posts: 1925; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I was wrong with my term. What I meant was ultimate HD or full HD. Same 300ppi as with my Z3 Compact. Going beyond 1080 x 720 and I'll say goodbye to Sony products.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 08:25 1

41. NightSurfer (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


I stopped reading @ "Z4 will be equipped with an 805 generation". Why Sony? Why? Now that snapdragon has already released their mobile development platform running on snapdragon 810? Sadly I cant wait till 2016.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 09:42

43. ryq24 (Posts: 691; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sony should be afraid with what's happening to Samsung. This phone is not going to bring them back to profitability. Sony should learn instead from lg.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 12:35

44. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Snapdragon 805 isn't enough to handle QHD. Disappointing...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 12:47

45. isprobi (Posts: 633; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I am waiting on a replacement for my Z Ultra. If Z4 Ultra is only 5.9 inch screen that is a bit disappointing. But having even just a 16 MP camera with a flash will be worth the update I think. If it has stereo speakers it is pretty much a sure buy for me.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 16:19

46. gosselin (Posts: 87; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


805 is disappointing and mediocre. I don't need 4 GB of RAM. 3GB is enough. Instead, I want Sony to make it to 810. Otherwise, I'm going to stick to my Z3C

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 17:04

48. TMach (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Pretty sure I read that Sony is abandoning its 6 month flagship upgrade policy! By the way, the above is speculation at this stage and nothing more.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 19:54

50. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Yep, Sony is abandoning its 6 month upgrade. So only Z4, Ultra and compact.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 17:10

49. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)


meh. it still the same optimus g design

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 20:44

53. yanish (Posts: 49; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


maybe z4 compact will come out next summer with 810 processor :)

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:25

54. goodenough (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


805 processor, 4GB and 64 bit chip.....I doubt it. 4GB and 64 bit chip are for 810 processor. If processor was going to be 805, then it would be 3 GB RAM and 32 bit chip. Including the fishy pics, this report is a contradiction. Sony will introduce Z4 at MWC in March but not at CES imo. CES is usually for computers, TVs, video games.....but not for phones. I think rumors just change. btw, I LOVE my Z3 Compact lol It's the best of 2014

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 01:05

56. lampshade_cn (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Just wait! Is that Xperia Z3 in the picture?
AND HOW DOES S805 RUN THE 64BIT ANDROID 5.0 OS OR USE 4GB RAM?

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 04:26

58. shermenz (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


If it won't have the 810 I won't buy it. And that's too bad I've been waiting for this phone for months. Damn it.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 00:09

59. milkboy54 (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


Rumors change all the time. January launch is way to soon

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