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The Sony Xperia Z4 might be offered in both QHD (1440p) and FHD (1080p) versions with better waterproofing and shiny metal

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The Sony Xperia Z4 might be offered in both QHD (1440p) and FHD (1080p) versions with better waterproofing and shiny metal
Another source has poured fuel in the fire of rumors that spec out the upcoming - and probably hidden in plain sight at CES 2015 - Sony Xperia Z4 with a Quad-HD (1440p) display. More specifically, the Taiwanese source claims Sony will double-dip on the fourth-generation flagship, offering it to consumers in both 1080p and 1440p variants. 

Reportedly, the QuadHD version is heading towards the US market, while "certain markets" will only receive the 1080p version. That's an interesting theory, but we're totally in the dark about what it's based on - everyone likes the highest of high resolution displays at the moment, even if they admit to their pixel densities being completely overkill. So it must be manufacturing and distribution issues to blame.

The source also cited improved waterproofing that needs no plastic flaps covering the Xperia Z4's open ports. That would be very welcome, as those flaps kind of rub us in the wrong way - they simply don't belong in Sony's harmonious and symmetrical OmniBalance design in which nothing is meant to stick out and yell "look at me!". 

Additionally, the front camera has been improved in some way as well, and the smartphone's metal frame has been treated with a glossy finish. Hopefully, it doesn't end up looking tacky! And, as usual, the Xperia Z4 will be sold in different colors, with blue being one of the choices.

We're pretty sure Sony won't be keeping the Z4 devices at bay much longer, so we're looking forward to more leaks and announcements soon-ish. If you are looking for more info on the prized phone, be sure to check out our Sony Xperia Z4 rumor round-up.


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posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:04 24

1. ilani (Posts: 90; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


If both versions looked the same, i would definitely go for the 1080p version, since 1440p is overkill.
The Z4 Ultra is SEXY, Sooooo sexy!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:13 16

7. smallworld (Posts: 492; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Those images are obviously fake though.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:16 3

8. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Yeah, the first picture that shows the "Z4" looks like a Z3 Compact. But damn, look at that sexy Z4 Ultra!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:17 9

9. KParks23 (Posts: 667; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


So tired of this arguement 1440p is gonna be standard deal with it and yes you can tell a difference.. The same thing happened when we went to 1080p it was all 720p is high enough ur eye cant see my battery gonna suck blah blah blah, yall must be blind because there is a difference and its noticeable.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:22 2

12. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Agreed

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:25 2

13. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yeah, PA should correct the article. Those are renders based on leaked specs, not leaked photos.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:27 3

14. KParks23 (Posts: 667; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


And im not trying to be a a$$ but the technology is there. we can have 1440p screens and great battery life with no lag! 2015 will be a great year with phones and 2016 will be a huge breakthrough year.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:37 8

16. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Only on a larger screen. I've looked at the 1080 (440 ppi) G2 and 1440 (540 ppi) G3 side by side and didn't see a difference. Compare the Note 3 and Note 4 and you'll be more likely to see a difference.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:58

21. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Well I disagree, simply because I saw a difference. In reality all this comes down to is eyesight IMO

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:24 2

26. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


If you look closely enough, sure. But the reason the comments tend to be anti-QHD is on practicality grounds. The technology might be there to put even a 4K screen in a phone, but what benefit would there be?

The jump from 480 to 720 was enormous. From 720 to 1080 was still impressive. I was using a 720 phone and the first time I saw a 5" 1080 screen, I was amazed at the photorealism. Beyond that it gets much more subjective.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:19

31. UglyFrank (Posts: 1825; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


1440p on OLED displays is fine but it is harder on LCDs

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:37 1

34. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Not even if you look closely enough at least for me. I don't have Hawkeye like vision, but I was still able to tell a difference even at a distance. I can't speak on 4K since I don't think the jump to that should be coming as soon as it is, I think QHD should be enough for now. As for benefits of 4K phones are changing everyday, they aren't phones anymore they are computers and can do full computer task. So 4K especially for VR, Gaming, Video Editing, might not be as useless as you think.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:56 2

44. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


What screen size/technology though? There's a notable difference between LCD and PenTile AMOLED when it comes to perceived sharpness. At 5-5.2" LCD and S-Stripe, 1080 is perfect and 720 isn't bad. PenTile is unbearable below 1080.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 14:08 1

47. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


True, I thought about that a little while ago. I agree with another comment that OLED displays might be sharper and the difference will really be noticeable at that point. LCD is still pretty sharp with QHD IMO, but your right there is a difference.

5.2 LCD would be the smallest I would go for QHD.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 16:20

53. maestri (Posts: 24; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


SONY can nail it

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 16:58 1

56. sraive (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


So tired of this argument. 1440p is pointless and overkill, you can't tell the difference, deal with it. It's still true for 1080p, because 720p is enough for any phone, but the jump from 1080p to 1440p is much more pointless than the previous. You must be biased because there is no difference. Wait... yes, there is a noticeable difference: the 1440p ruins the performance and battery life.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 19:12

59. KParks23 (Posts: 667; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


U might want to invest in some glasses then lol

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 21:06

63. Z3R091 (Posts: 88; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)


You would not even noticed the different between QHD and FHD screen.
Why waste money for QHD one.
Fix the image quality Sony!
Sonyboy must be hoping the next flagship still have front facing speaker.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:41

66. Fellwalker (Posts: 386; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


I had a nexus 4 with a 720 screen, and now a nexus 5 with a bigger screen at 1080x1920. Yes I can tell the difference. Does it add to my general experience? No, not really, but then it is a bigger screen ... The lower resolution was sufficient on the smaller phone, though I can certainly understand wanting the 1080 screen on 5 inches or more. Do i want a higher resolution on a future 5 inch phone? no thanks, but I do want a longer lasting battery.

I also had a nexus 7, and now a nexus 7 2013. Can i tell the difference at 7 inches? Yes. Does it make a difference? Yes, a bit. Sadly i dropped my n7 2013 and have just got a Samsung galaxy tab s 8.4 with silly screen resolution of 1600x 2560. Can i tell the difference? Yeah, a bit. Does it make a difference? Yes, for the worse in some apps, and for the better in a few games where the gaming field is no longer scrollable because it all fits on screen.

posted on 09 Jan 2015, 07:16

73. cireyaj15 (Posts: 37; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


yay! indeed z4 ultra is sexy.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:06 8

2. Deadeye37 (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


I think they should offer both 1080p and QHD variants to all markets. If all the other specs were the same, I would jump on the 1080p version. The pixel density is high enough that my screen would look sharp enough for me. If the processor was the same between the 2 units, then the 1080p version would be quicker because there are less pixels to push around. I would rather have a phone that never lags and has a sharp resolution instead of a phone that is a little slower and has eye bleedingly sharp resolution.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:38

35. Niva. (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Agreed, I wish both would be available, I'm really not buying anything over 1080 on a 5" phone. For phablets a case may be made for 1440 but I still think that the performance disadvantage from driving all those pixels is offseting the clarity of the picture due to the extra pixel density at this point.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:07

3. ryq24 (Posts: 755; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


sony should increase the screen size to 5.5" and make the bezel smaller.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:07 4

4. smallworld (Posts: 492; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Yeaaah! I would love to be able to choose the 1080p version for maximum battery life.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:08 1

5. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


All that pixel density is useless. How about 1080p IPS+ or Super AMOLED?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:09 4

6. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


I hope there's a major change on the design. And no plastic flaps for waterproofing anymore? Awesome!

If both FHD and QHD variants launch in my country, I would choose FHD for longer battery life and if QHD has long battery life too, I would choose QHD. Just hope both variants will have same specs except screen resolution and storage. More importantly, give us Snapdragon 810 and 4GB RAM. But anyways, bring it on, Sony!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:18 3

10. MickLuvHP (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Loving my Z3 with 1080p display and also the awesome battery that gets me through my day while my iPhone 6 died half way. :p

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:20 3

11. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It really comes down to screen size. I challenge anyone to prove QHD has any benefit under 5.5". An Adreno 430 with a 1080 screen would be a speed machine. I'll buy that.

I believe the US-gets-QHD rumor though. Sony has a hard enough time getting its phones noticed here. If LG and Samsung go QHD, they'll have little choice but to match them.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:29

15. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


It's pretty easy for Sony to get noticed by the majority in the US, they just need to advertise more of their products like Samsung.

If the Z4 has...Snapdragon 810, 4GB RAM, 21MP camera with curved sensor and 5x optical zoom, 5.5" QHD or FHD IPS+ Triluminos display, dual front speakers with amplifiers, 2-3 days battery life with fast charging, fingerprint scanner or iris eye scanner, 16 or 32GB internal storage with micro SD expansion up to 2TB, IP 69 waterproof and dustproof, available on 4 major carriers in the US. What's so hard to advertise with all these good stuffs?

I'm not from the US btw.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:47 2

18. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Yup, Sony is just trying to match LG and Samsung in specs. Quality wise, Sony is using the first generation of IPS on their current flagships while other major players had moved on to IPS+ and Super AMOLED more than 3 years ago. Sony ZL ZR came out about 2 years ago with TFT panels which speaks a whole lot about this company.

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