Four things that could have made the Xperia Z4 even better

Four things that could have made the Xperia Z4 even better
Sony just outed the long-awaited Xperia Z4, bringing its flagship series in line with the Snapdragon 810 times that most others, save for Samsung, will be sporting this year.

The Sony Xperia Z4 features a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. Those requiring more memory can take advantage of the 128GB capacity microSD slot on board. A 20.7MP camera is on back with a wide angle 5.1MP snapper on front for selfies and video chats. A 2930mAh battery will keep the lights on, and Android 5.0 is pre-installed. 

The Sony Xperia Z4 will be available in White, Black, Copper and Aqua Green. The handset is IP6 certified for dust and IP5 and IP8 certified for water, and will be available soon in Japan with the world to follow for what will presumably be a flagship price. The Z4 is upgraded exactly where it counts, compared to the Z3 - Snapdragon 810 chipset, 5 MP wide-angle front camera, chromed side rims, and a thinner, lighter body, that has kept the waterproof abilities of its predecessor. Is it enough to win the hearts and minds of fans against the backdrop of flagships this seasons? Let's see what Sony could have done even better.

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72 Comments

1. MarrianeChing

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

#2 entry seems only to be for me that could make the z4 better. The other Entries are crap.

45. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I strongly agree as well. #2 will be an improvement to Z4 and the rest is just personal opinion.

72. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Typical PA article about Sony all the negative stuff. What's the difference between iphone 5s and 6plus? The screen resolution? Camera at 8mp for 4 gen? A not so good battery life? And wait overpriced ipod touch that can launch apps 1 a time. How about samsung? Qhd? Removing sd slot and interchangeable battery? So what's the hype about Z4? Considering it will be sold exclusively in Japan.

61. seven7dust unregistered

agreed , PA seems to be run by samsung fans , The Z3 design never sucked unlike the S5 , So no need to redesign something that works. Quad HD is a joke , casue it doesnt make a difference and waste processing power. infact We need a better 1080p screen thats brighter in sunlight/ more accurate and offers great contrast in any angle. Sony Interface is already years ahead of touchwiz laggy UI, so no need for changes. but Yes the camera was mediocre , especially indoors , So thats what Sony need to concentrate on. OIS and phase detection auto focus would be great.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Can we just stop giving attention to this phone? Because it's only for Japan. How about we wait for the global flagship before doing all those yadadadadadada?

4. MarrianeChing

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Agreed. But still the japan z4 can outmatched the s6.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

lol no it cant...

22. Pogma9

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Of course it can, s6 has absurdly overated 1600p, no water proof, no card slot, and a smallish battery.

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Talk about a poor article. #1 is what makes the phone better, not worst! #4 Better UI? The UI can be changed at any point, all it takes is an exposed install or another ROM. What can't be changed is the typical humongous Sony bezels and size. So, thre's your design problem. :(

5. MarrianeChing

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Sony's Ui is far better thatn sammy's and LG. I don't really know what overhaul that they're talking about. I rather keep it simple and minimalist than a laggy ui.

38. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Agreed!

63. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Sony Ui is not better than samsung/LG's UI...

65. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

No matter how this subject of The best Ui may appear to be an objective one, it is by the end of the day subjective matters such as taste that play the pivotal role in the ultimate choices. Also there isn't a perfect Ui out there.

51. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree with you, except with the last lines... Sony today has one of the better Screen-To-Body ratio of flagships from big manufacturers... LGG3 =75.3% Z4 = 70.9% Turbo = 70.9% S6 = 70.7% Z3C = 70.6% M9 = 68.4% iP6 = 65.8%

56. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

I can't understand your post/data. You say Sony is one of the better but your own numbers prove it otherwise. Sony is clearly behind LG, Samsung, Google, Lenovo or Huawei. Only HTC and Apple manage to do evidently worse:http://08-08-08.com/2014/09/12/ultimate-screen-to-body-ratio-comparison-ifa-2014/

6. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

how many times do we have to say... qhd screen is not a good thing.

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

PA is spec hungry and stubborn, we all know that. Just saying.

12. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Yeah. Just like people said when the first computer was announced. Then people said the same about vcp, then vcr, then dvd, then blu ray. Some people even said bad things about smartphones and they are still using it. For those who dont like new technology, can use old tech. You people have so many options to use. So why worry?

14. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

You miss the point. New tech is good thing, but like I wrote in other post sometimes more doesn't mean better. Imagine battery life and performance with last gen socs (not broken 810) and 720p display. It's sharp enough from normal viewing distance. 10-15 hours on screen time and console (or better) graphics level? The point is that new tech is good when it gives benefits. What are benefits of QHD display comparing to fullHD? A little more sharp text for some people? Tech is not good when it gives more disadvantages than benefits like worse battery life and performance. I am not saying no to technology. They should made such high resolution display just in labs. At least until CPU/GpU and battery tech will catch up. And people should have choice. I would pick 720p S6 before QHD S6 anyday.

36. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Ha oled is crap at 720p, the more the res the better

39. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Lolz yea you are right there, more pixels maybe a survival need for Amoled... IPS Rules

41. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

With full RGB or even better RBGW matrix it would be good.

40. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

@ bodzio1809 Simple and straightforward, put very well. Just to ad to what you said, a higher resolution may only be useful for a Phablet or a tablet as far as the mobile devices go and that only in the most efficient manner.

42. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Of course. Also tablets can have better socs (higher clocks, more cores etc.) and much bigger batteries. In my opinion QHD on tablets it's great. Still I think that 4k on ~10' tablet will be a gimmick.

67. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Yes agreed with 4k being gimmick in a 10" tablet and that's why I used the word "most efficient manner ".

31. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I appreciate your point, but this is slightly different. Things like cd > blu-ray are purely an upgrade with no downsides. 1080p >qhd is an upgrade, but it comes at a cost to performance and battery life, which is why i (and a lot of others) consider it a downgrade overall.

13. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why settle down for a FHD screen when you can get a super amoled QHD screen? I am getting close to 4:30 screen on time on my S6 Edge with brightness set to 50%, and if i switched on the power saving mode(which i ve been doing for the past 3 days) i can EASILY get 6hrs of SOT. So battery life seems to be the excuse for cheap OEMs like HTC(Sony seems to follow their lead) why they are going against QHD. Smaller battery+QHD yet the S6 manages to outperform the m9's bettery life.

16. josephnero

Posts: 781; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I get 6 hours on my Z2.so your S6 is crap on 14nm

17. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Imagine S6 with just fullHD display. 1-2 hours more onscreen time? Of course with last gen displays. S6 display is newer than S5 display and thats why it's more power efficent. You need also consider that all UI and probably Samsung apps are displayed in QHD resolution which is impacting battery life and performance. Games are probably displaying in 720p or 1080p. I am not sure. So tell me what you preffer. A little more sharper text or 1-2 more onscreen time hours? Also don't even mention 810 devices. It's broken soc.

18. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As long as it getting me through the day, then i ll take the better screen. Been almost a week now since i got the Edge, and i never got back home with less than 30% left in my phone, and by the time i end up showering, it will be fully charged. Again, all while the brightness is set at half the bar.

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