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This may just be the Xperia Z4: New, massive leak reveals tens of thousands of internal Sony docs

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Internal Sony render of the Xperia Z4?

Internal Sony render of the Xperia Z4?



Yesterday, WikiLeaks, a non-profit established in 2006 with the aim of uncovering secretive (and highly sensitive) information, published a 30,287 item-strong database of internal Sony documents, including numerous e-mails, internal presentation files, and excel spreadsheets among others. After some serious digging, a new entrant to the leaks scene, @xperialeak, has struck gold: a (seemingly) early conceptual rendering of an Xperia device. It didn't take long for the passionate, Sony-loving community over at Esato to dive in as well, and fish out a number of other renders from that same series.

Let's dial back a little. Yesterday, a tip from another source, @ViziLeaks, claimed that Sony is going for a new, full-metal design for the Xperia Z4, and will be integrating a fingerprint scanner into a new, refreshed power key. Funny thing â€“ those aforementioned conceptual renderings of an Xperia device happen to envision a phone just like that, and @ViziLeaks has already confirmed on Twitter that the Z4 will look a lot like what we're seeing right now.

From the renders, it's obvious that we're looking at a device with a metal frame, and in one instance that device seems to also flaunt a metal back. What's more, the power key, as tipped, has been re-designed, and is now considerably more conspicuous and large enough to accommodate a fingerprint scanner. As you can see for yourself, words like "seamless", "simplicity", and "solid" make an appearance throughout, suggesting that Sony is about to embark on a new design journey.

That's not all, however. Other images also suggest that Sony will be going for an iPhone 6-like, 2.5D glass for the display, and a few other, rather unspecific renders, suggest a new "MONO/New UI". Said otherwise, Sony may be on the verge of overhauling its dated, tired interface, and can we get a Hallelujah! Obviously, keep in mind that all of this remains strictly unconfirmed, and even though these renders come from Sony's internal database, they are clearly just design proposals that may end up being nothing more that. On the other hand, they could serve as a harbinger of changes to come.

The Sony Xperia Z4 is expected to make its debut sometime in September, likely in time for IFA 2015 in Berlin.


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posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:16 9

1. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Wow *_*
For those asking for design/UI change. The competition for this year now seems to be S6, iPhone 7, and surprisingly Sony Z4. That seems nice.
Only thing left in my opinion - better camera algorithm.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:21 1

4. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 166; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


You forgot the note 5. Regarding Sony i am afraid no matter how good it is as long they are using the snapdragon 810 it's out of my consideration.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:23 11

6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I would wait for the LG G4 before saying that, it may still be in the run. But I must agree the HTC M9 doesn't seems to be on the competition of flagship of the year.

But if that render becomes real it will be a dream.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:25 6

8. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Note 5 also carries great expectations, my bad forgetting it.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:29 7

12. shaineql (Posts: 403; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Im waiting for note 5 , people may bash its upcoming UHD resolution with 760ppi+ , but id rather have a mfckin monster in my hands for the 800euros than have CTR 'retina' resolution for the same price.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:29

13. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


G4 and G4 note

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 05:29 3

14. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


G4 is rumoured to be using S808, which has lower power than 810, though dissipates heat in a much better way. But comparing it to exynos in the Samsung and the thin UI on Sony devices (which are the basic reason as to why they generally perform so good), I think G4 might be outpaced in the race of top 3 smartphones this year, non-phablet category.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 06:11 1

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Why renders always show very beautiful devices but in reality they turned out as bit ugly in comparison to a render. This shows fanticy is beautiful than the reality

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 06:16 8

24. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


¿Surprisingly sony z4, sony always been a top designer.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 06:39 5

29. Simona (unregistered)


This ?
It is nice? That UGLY thick phone.. eewww
And those horrible thick bezels..uff

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:08

35. Djz89 (Posts: 332; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


But what about battery?

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:11 1

36. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1571; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Same applies with promotional photography of cars etc. As a smart marketing person you showcase the item from its sexiest angle when in reality its a mediocre designed product. Most of the phones cars etc look amazing in promotional renders but in reality its not as great.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:11 1

37. Rhinoface (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


Agree entirely, the Z3 looks much nicer.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:14 2

40. Rhinoface (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


It's not going to have a 4K screen lol

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:21 11

42. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Hope Sony start a new trend of making thicker phones (~9.5mm) with battery capacities of near 4500mAh.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:27 2

43. kabiluddin (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


This is the Most beautiful looking phone I ever seen. I hope its real.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:53 1

46. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And let's not forget that those are just rummors...
That's why I will wait and see how much truth is behind them.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:18 1

49. calim (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


The thick one is, supposedly, of Z4 Compact.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:29 2

51. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Looks stunning this may well get the design award of the year.. This from Samsung fan...

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:47 4

53. j2001m (Posts: 2993; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Oled does nothing to the battery, I.e. The s6 QHD uses less battery then the s5 screen
This is due to the pixes get turned on when needed
But lcd at hi res needs a bigger back light or it's a low back light like the g3

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:55 4

58. sunjay140 (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


The Z3 got design award for this year :)

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 13:00

64. ahfoun (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


That was a great idea, brilliant, put aside the thickness factor, maybe like you said, 9.5mm maybe will be good and provide a large battery capacities that last for two days maybe, and other flagships will be totally screwed, hope sony will do that for the sake of batteries

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:34

66. Sealblaighter (Posts: 253; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


BMW's are looking very good in reality too. :D

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 16:32

69. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 285; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


I guess you meant Design not UI, yes S6 have great design this year, but not UI, it stills Sense UI which is ahead in simplicity and beauty.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 21:27 1

72. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Nice design will wait after 2016 to replace my Z2.

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 03:51

77. jesus_sheep (Posts: 278; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


i think you are fat and "thick"

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 10:38 3

79. ozbolt (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Nov 2014)


Xperia blog posted new leaked pics of Z4 much better than this !

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 10:45

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


Yeah I sa it. If Sony is going to stick to that design, then Z4 will be the hottest phone of 2015 for sure. People should check out Xperia blog.

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 11:16 1

81. JKauzer (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)


U got Z2? I got Z3 Compact :P

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 11:18

82. JKauzer (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)


I saw that too. looks fantastic. Sony is changing

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