Leaked Sony Xperia Z4 chassis suggests an even thinner device without a microSD slot

Leaked Sony Xperia Z4 chassis suggests an even thinner device without a microSD slot
Back in November, we were tipped with a bunch of snaps supposedly showing us the LCD touch digitizer (images below) of the still mysterious Xperia Z4, which Sony has obviously pushed back, going against its policy of biannual flagship releases. Ever since then, we've been keeping track of the source that produced the meaty images, FutureSupplier, and our patience and persistence seems to have paid off, for we're now treated to a bunch of photos apparently showing us the Xperia Z4's chassis.

This time around, however, we can glean far more information about the Xperia Z4 design and possible features (or lack thereof). For starters, the folks at FutureSupplier have compared the alleged Z4 chassis next to that of the Z3, and have found that it is about 0.04 inches (1 mm) thinner, putting its depth at something like 0.25 in (6.3 mm). That would make the Z4 thinner than both the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6/S6 edge. 

But the reduction in thickness might come at a price – from what we're told and shown, it appears possible (but unlikely) that Sony has ditched waterproofing – a highlight feature of its product line – for the microUSB port has been moved to the bottom and is no longer protected by the customary flap the company has so far utilized. That said, do keep in mind that it is possible to waterproof a microUSB port without using a flap. Furthermore, there appears to be no slot for a microSD card, which could mean that Sony will be mirroring Samsung's approach with the S6/S6 edge. The only other spotted difference had to do with the top microphone's placement – it might no longer reside right next to the audio jack and instead occupy the opposite side of the frame on the top.

Check the photos out:



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Waterproofing is not necessary for everyone. Some people need it but they are a real minority. It results in poor speaker quality/low volume and thicker bezels. Go Sony.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sadly I wanted my next phone to be water proof. Was looking forward to a Z4 compact but if it doesn't have water proofing then I will get an S6 edge. The green one looks amazing and it will probably be the best phone of the year. The only thing that could turn me away from it is the Z4 compact or a 4.7-5 inch nexus device

51. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Let me understand... you want a z4 compact but if it doesn't have waterproofing you'll get an S6 which is not waterproof itself?

80. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

if the S6 edge was waterproof he would definitely choose it over the Z4 compact I believe.

85. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is correct, I wanted water proofing and if that isn't available in the top 5 phones (SS, LG, HTC, Sony, Nexus of some type) then I get a phone based on other features of which the S6 seems the most interesting.

86. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

He's saying the only reason to get the Z4 is because of waterproofing (in his opinion). Now that phone may not be waterproof he's moving on.

59. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

the z4 and z4c will probably have ip ratings. The m4 aqua also has a open micro usb port and still having the waterproofing. About the s6 being the best phone of the year. Im not so sure it could be for some and another device for others. If you mean the fastest probably not. The s820 may prove to be faster and knowing samsung the note5 will probably be faster than the s6

68. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

maybe, but in the end its gonna depend on your own preverences, i think some will say htc has the best some will say lg g4 some will say iphone 6s/6s ... so its all up to what you yourself think (also did you see the benchmark (meh antutu) of the letv phone?? 63000 with a sd810 would be a interessting phone as well)

78. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Yep thats what i tried to say. For me z3tc as i wanted a fast and big screened phone. No I'll look it up later but that is interesting

84. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Honestly, hardware wise literally all of these phones are the same. In the end it comes down to unique factors like the camera and screen and Samsung wins in both those categories. Add to that their payment system which is better than all others if that MagStripe thing actually works along with the Authentec style fingerprint scanner, they win. The Note might be better, but that isn't a phone, its a phablet, so kind of not the same category.

106. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree here, since last year I don't ever take into consideration which one has the fastest benchmarking or even cpu since all flagships of 2014/2015 are extremely fast..... But I do like having unique features... For me, I actually like having a dedicated camera shutter button, the eyelet for a wrist strap (to prevent falls), waterproofing, stereo frontal speakers (though after using this feature is good to have, but not a must), and all of this in a compact device usable with one hand. I actually don't like that they will drop the magnetic port on the Xperia line since I already invested in 2 adapters and also my Car Stereo has the port for charging my phone... and the port allows forces Rotation everywhere on the interface, something nice to have when using docked.

107. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Screen is subjective im not sure about s6 and s6edge as i didn't see those in real life but i prefer the ips screens over amoled. With amoled i always see a kind of green glow. The camera in automode is usually better on samsungs. Sonys automode is really bad only lowlight shots can be done pretty good and the lossles zoom is also a good thing. I hope for htc that the m9 camera will be good after 2 very bad ones on the m7 and m8. For me the ui features of lg and sony are the best. The small apps are really handy as you can use more at the same time. About the note models everybody says phablet these days but i see phablets the same as phones. They serve the same purpose so why can't they be compared? I use a z3tc as my phone which is considered as a tablet but it has phone capabilities. I see it as a phone as it serves the same purpose for me.

114. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

But with a small battery the S6 will be just a paperweight, considering you won't be able to use it for a long time.

20. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

No microSD slot is a important feature for me. I'll give Sony a -1 if they ditch microSD slot.

97. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

agree... lol only windows phone are left with microsd card ?

99. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

but microsd card is necessary i want things to be instant... not to use internet at all.....

109. waddup121 unregistered

Sony...don't do this! At least make it thinner than the M4, but keep the MicroSD capabilities and *try* to keep it waterproof. The elemental..remember?

111. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Yes, I hate this iPhone trend.

133. pkninja1

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2015

Tbh I dont thibk we have have to worry because I think I spot an sd slot where the charger was on the z3

32. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

You don't need flaps. Look at the recently announced Xperia M4 Aqua. Its got an IP68 rating an no usb flap. The Z4 will definitely be water-resistant. That's for sure.

37. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Sony making a phone without waterproof feature? that's very unlikely. However, if this device is without the SD card slot, then it better has 128GB of storage.

41. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Well, I think that waterproofing is main thing people are going for Sony. Bad decision if they put it away. I had high hopes for Z4 really but if they ditch waterproof and microSD slot...

48. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I went with Z2 because it has all the basic feature I need. Decent screen, good battery life, and front facing speakers. However, I can't believe I fall in love with the waterproof feature and it would be hard for me to live without. People can say it's an useless feature all they want, but don't ever judge it until you have a waterproof phone and have living with it for a long time. The way you handle your phone in everyday life would be different. Just trust me.

42. techhead64

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

waterproofing is a big plus they need to not go with the normal flagship phone i would love to have a phone that i could take to a water park or spill something on it and not give a dam about it if they get rid of it or some other features like the super nice camera that they had on the Z3 it would just be a normal flag ship so hopefully they stick to there guns and just upgrade with some new features that would be a nice phone.

103. Lizardo101

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

1) It's waterproof even though the USB port is cap-less (hint - M4 and Z4 Tablet) this author at phonearena has been living under a rock for the past week for saying its not waterproof because the USB port is exposed! I mean seriously!! 2) the flap on the right is removed, however the flap on the left is bigger than the Z3! That means that the micro SD and sim card are in the same location. 3) lack of magnetic charging adapter might be a hint for wireless charging.

2. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

The only reason I would pick Sony is gone

3. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Sorry, may be gone*

88. may_czos

Posts: 957; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Water resistance? Z4 will be waterproof! What you can read above is just a speculation based on open microUSB port. Thing is - Sony already have water resistant microUSB (in the M4) so there's no need to worry.

4. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

f**k thinness. Waterproof and big batteries and better cooling solutions IS WHAT WE NEED! (And maybe bigger camera sensors lulz) :D

29. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

100% agree with you. There is no need to go any thinner than Z3. Z3 is already thin enough. I want bigger battery (3500mAh) + microSD slot + bigger camera sensor + waterproofing.

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