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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: 89; 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: 484; 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, 10:25 2

13. roldefol (Posts: 4097; 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, 10:17 9

9. KParks23 (Posts: 583; 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: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Agreed

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:27 3

14. KParks23 (Posts: 583; 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: 4097; 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: 254; 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: 4097; 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, 12:37 1

34. Micah007 (Posts: 254; 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: 4097; 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: 254; 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, 12:19

31. UglyFrank (Posts: 1580; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


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

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 16:58 1

56. sraive (Posts: 78; 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: 583; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


U might want to invest in some glasses then lol

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:41

66. Fellwalker (Posts: 302; 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 07 Jan 2015, 16:20

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


SONY can nail it

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 21:06

63. Z3R091 (Posts: 86; 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 09 Jan 2015, 07:16

73. cireyaj15 (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


yay! indeed z4 ultra is sexy.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:06 8

2. Deadeye37 (Posts: 162; 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: 418; 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: 688; 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: 484; 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: 4097; 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, 10:56 3

20. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You had me until the retina scanner. That's just creepy. And while 3 day battery life would be nice, I doubt it. We're all used to charging every night, so even 36 hours is great.

I like Sony's designs, but they got left in the dust in '10-11 when Android conquered the market. Maybe it was the Ericsson breakup, but they really missed an opportunity. Their hardware design is top-notch now and worlds ahead of (pre-A series) Samsung, but the Galaxy S is now practically synonymous with Android in the US. They need a marketing push, but class-leading hardware is key.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:18

41. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Please not the QHD!! As someone who has a phone with a QHD screen, i can tell you that it brings nothing new to the overall user's experience, except for them bragging rights.
Let's hope Sony and HTC wont pull a Samsung and LG, and stick to 5"/5.2" 1080 screens

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.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 20:03 2

61. JaroB (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


first generation IPS??? LOL.

...http://xperia.cz/zkusenosti/1688-srovn%C3%A1n%C​3%AD-displeje-xperia-z3-compact-versus-apple-iphon​e-5s

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 12:33

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


Stop posting Sony links you stupid troll!
FYI the iPhone 5s display is 100 times better than the Z3C crap. I have both of these phones right here.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 12:49

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


If you want to spread xperia bullsh1ts, at least have your company change its domain name. You're not fooling anyone here. Even site like gsmarena can't fool me. They're just too stupid to have Sony phones on top of the list all the time. They're currently having 4 Xperias on the Top Phone List and readers can ONLY make positive comments about Sony phones. What a f**king joke! Lmao
Go F yourself, stupid troll!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:39

17. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Shiny metal? BUT BUT Sony fans hate the m8 due to it's metal, Glass is more premium ans that's why they love the Z line! It must be hard time for them now to accept the fact that the fingerprint and smudges magnet glass was never a better choice of material for a phone compared to aluminum.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:48 1

19. KParks23 (Posts: 583; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Im a sony fan and i think the m8 is a great phone, and ive never seen a massive amout of sony ppl hating on the m8

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:03 2

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


I'm a Sony fan and I like the M8, a beautiful beast from 2014, the only disappointment is the camera though.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:23

32. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Well, anyone who has been long enough on this site will know to whome my comment is. And yeah, camera did have a huge impact on customer's choice of not picking the m8. IMO, the Note 4, Z3, and the improved m8 are the top 3 android phones atm, but i am very optimistic and excited about the m9, i believe it will be the device to beat in 2015.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:42

36. KParks23 (Posts: 583; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Ive been here on this site longer than anyone in the comment section and dont know who ur directing the comment at, but they way its wrote includes everyone who is a fan of sony phones.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:46

37. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Well i guess it's my fault, i should've been more specific.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:08 1

24. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Are you trying to create a faction between Sony and HTC fans? Don't even try samsung's shameless paid troll. Sony's fans don't hate m8, they love and appreciate HTC for their their beautiful design and premium built quality. Sony's fan appreciate beautiful products.

And who're you are you kidding with this comment? you and smurf troll the f**k out of practically every HTC one (m7) related article in 2013 and i always defended HTC. And now you're pretending to be a HTC lover? and trying to create a faction between them? I guess that's another quality of the paid troll - shameless.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:31

33. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


1st of all, you need to take a chill pill buddy, no need to get yourself into a cardiac arrest over a comment.
Paid troll? Well, i wish i was paid. Samsung troll? Should i laugh to that? If you said Android troll, i would've been glad to be accused of being an Android troll.
Now regarding HTC, unless you were taking your winter sleep break, you should ve known that i am one of the few ones on this site who are rooting for HTC and hoping they succeed in 2015 even if it is on the expense of Samsung, LG and the rest, because for once, they are the ONLY OEM who care for their cutomers and take into consideration their opinions. They deliver the best designed and built flagship, running the most simplistic UI(although there are some features i would like them to add), and top of the notch speakers.
Believe it or not(i don't really care if you do), my Note 4 will get ditched once the m9 gets released.
p.s: i do appreciate Samsung's flagships, but i don't worship them. At the end of the day, i am spending my own money and i spend it wisely, and Sammy don't and won't give a damn about me.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:03

38. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Save you sweet talk for someone else. As someone who is visiting this site for more than 2 years i know what kind of person you are. Are you thinking that rooting for 3 months for HTC gonna make people forget all the trolling you did in the past 1.8 years on HTC related articles? You're only pretending to be a HTC supporter so that you can create faction between Sony and HTC fans and also later troll on Sony related articles while pretending to be a HTC fan. Not samsung's paid troll? yeah, people just have to remember the comments you post on articles related to galaxy S5 and xperia Z2 when they were announced at MWC(2014) to figure out who you and smurf are.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:15

40. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I love your conspiracy theories buddy. Lol
rooting for HTC to start fights between HTC fans and Sony fans lmao
and yes, i was so critical about the Z2, but i gave Sony credit for polishing it and giving us the Z3.
Anyways Ahamdi Najad, seems that you love them conspiracies and you live on interpreting other's actions.
Adios sukhaaa

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 14:02

45. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Oh! yes, i remember how you're "critical" about Z2's screen/display even before they tested their screen/display. And then when they display result come out you're nowhere to be found. I also remember about how you and smarf are so thoughtful in your "criticism" that people give you a great title. Maherk = Mamasmurf ( I still laugh when i remember this comment )

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:31 2

28. tdslam720 (Posts: 70; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


lol yeah wtf are you talking about. People that like Xperia's like HTC's . Sony and HTC the only companies that make premium looking phones in the android arena

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 16:13

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


Yup "premium LOOKING phones", not actual ones.
I like the Z3C design except for the crappy display. It's so bad that I hope eBay has an aftermarket replacement so I can swap it. My old iPhone 4 $14 aftermarket display looks better than this s**t.
I'm still pissed off about this nice f**king phone with an unbelievably s**tty display. Wtf were they thinking?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 17:10 1

57. sraive (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


Plastic is the best material for phones.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 10:59 2

22. rotkiv3451 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


"everyone likes the highest of high resolution displays at the moment". NOT ME! I prefer a 1080p screen and better battery life.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:23 2

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


I would certainly choose the 1080p variant over the 1440p one. Better performance and better battery life...

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 16:34

55. dino1019 (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


SONY could make it with QHD:)

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:29 1

27. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


An unusual business model that might make sense. The FHD Z4 may undercut other QHD flagships in price in developing markets (for once) and win people over with superior battery life and speed. The QHD Z4 in developed markets will simply 'keep up' with the Galaxy Note 4, S6, LG G4 etc. If this is true, my country getting the FHD Z4!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:51 3

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


PhoneArena:
WHY Do you keep posting those fake fanmade renders
WHY Do you keep posting those screenshot "renders" that are clearly of the Z3, see this video > youtube.com/watch?v=P9C_zXO7Prs

Such poor journalism.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:09

39. KParks23 (Posts: 583; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I actually agree they could atleast make it a point to say there mockups and fakes but whats the point of looking at a damn fake phone anyway?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:52

30. iPhoneboy597 (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Dat bezel

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:34 4

42. Omarc07 (Posts: 392; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I would like th z4 to come out on att i would deff like to try a sony phone on att .. All my friends on tmobile tried the sony phones and they liked em while me on att was left out in the cold.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:45

43. spintriae (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


I'd be ready to place a pre-order today if there was confirmation on the camera sensor. I want that new Exmor RS (IMX230) with that sweet plane phase AF. Some OIS would be nice too.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 14:06 1

46. sionmars (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


we should do demonstration about the inbuilt gb it should be 32 gb for all the carries

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 14:09

48. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


So if the 2k version battery life and performance is just as good/equal in everything except benchmarks to the fhd version. Which is better? Having better benchmarks or occasionally seeing a sharper screen? Apple will say the former and everyone else probably the latter.

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