Sony Vice President talks about the Xperia Z4 smartphone, says the Z3 series is still doing very well

Sony Vice President talks about the Xperia Z4 smartphone, says the Z3 series is still doing very well
While Sony didn't announce the rumored Xperia Z4 smartphone at MWC 2015 this month, it introduced the Z4 Tablet, thus indirectly confirming that there will be a Z4 handset in the future. To further confirm the upcoming arrival of a new flagship smartphone, Tim Harrison, Sony Mobile's Vice President of Global Communications & PR, recently told British website Trusted Reviews that the "Z4 is the next-generation of product that we’ll be announcing."

The Sony official didn't say exactly when the Z4 handset would be released, but he mentioned that the company hadn't moved to a 1-year release cycle - thus, we should expect to see the Xperia Z4 hitting shelves before September (as you may know, the Xperia Z3 was introduced in September last year).

Speaking of the Z3, Tim Harrison says that the entire Z3 series (including the 5.2-inch flagship model, the Z3 Compact, and the Z3 Tablet Compact) is "doing really well in the market, and there is still quite a considerable amount of interest in those particular products."

Another Sony official, Pierre Perron, Vice President for Western Europe, told The Inquirer that the company won't launch a new flagship smartphone "just for the sake of it."


The bottom line is that, for now, Sony can't tell us when the Xperia Z4 will be released, but it's likely that this will happen in the summer - just as previously rumored. The new flagship smartphone should be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, and might have to versions: one with a 1080p display, and another one with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) screen.


sources: Trusted Reviews, The Inquirer via Xperia Blog

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63 Comments

1. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Am waiting impatiently!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm* 5char

57. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Are trying to correct his sentence? It's grammatically correct!

23. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Why should you? Bunch of flagship and mid-range phones are expected to be released this April so there are many choices for the consumers. If Sony's goal of delaying Z4 is to make sure that the next product will not disappoint people, I don't see anything wrong with that. Great job Sony, quality is more important than rushing things.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Now that they've updated their UI, all that's left is to launch on more carriers in the US and more countries around the world with improvements in the camera dept. and they can easily make a comeback.

13. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Glad your not as bias as before. And I agree, Sony has everything pat down except for the camera. If they can deliver this, and add some neat features they have my money.

38. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

Many of us we're hoping for HTC to do the same thing and they seem to have failed to deliver in the camera department. I hope Sony can get it done! I've had the pleasure of owning a Z3 for a little bit before moving onto the Note 4, cannot wait to see what they'll do with the Z4.

42. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

What's wrong with the Z3 that has you moving to the Note 4?

51. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

I wanted to try out a phablet sized phone. The Note 4 just happened to be the best large screen phone coming out at the time of my decision. I loved the Z3. Hell, I handed it down to my younger sister since she needed a phone, so it's still within the family somewhere, lol. I was craving a larger screen, and wanted a taste of the Note series as I'd never been a Note user before. So to answer your question a bit more directly: I felt that there was nothing wrong with it the Z3 per se.... I simply had an itch for a larger screen.

14. AndreaWijayanti

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

sony also must fix their quality control, many flaws on their phones, like weak speaker, camera quality, etc..

28. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You must be using the bad eggs in the shelf. Mine's ok.

62. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

yes... their speaker is pretty weak! Camera? Yes... Even Iphone camera better than Sony!

18. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

But still, they're not done with the two-flagship-per-year cycle. This is their downfall for sure. Yet, I still believe on a well-prepared Z4 launch. It will be hard for them to crawl with S6's fame after MWC launch unless there's something cooking which is innovative and unsurprisingly useful.

27. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It's hard for Sony to be presented by US carriers. Even in our country, telecoms highlight Samsung and Apple because of their popularity and they know people will only shell out big money for these two brands. Most of my friends don't even know Z3 compact and they just go surprised when they see my phone.

55. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

In the days of Samsung S and S2, carriers often highlighted only apple and Nokia. Now, They're highlighting samsung the most. Sony can be highlighted when they take the right steps as Samsung did on the 2010-2011 period.

47. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1, Well said.

4. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Maybe a s820? We can only hope

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not going to happen until the very end of the year or early next year.

60. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

To bad i thought i read an article here about it being ready by the 2nd half of the year.

9. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

We say: Sony should use the "mighty Exynos ", not the "slowdragon ".

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That would be amazing if they actually did.

11. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

We say: "it's not going to happen ".

20. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not gonna happen. Samsung will keep the 7420 exclusive to the S6 and S6 Edge until they move on to an ever better soc.

56. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

The exynos is irrefutably fast. No insults needed.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Z3 seris called 2 me except for 1 issue.... FCKING 16 INTERNAL. DONT SCREW UP ON Z4 PLS

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

SD card slot + 64GB Class 10 SD card for less than $45 = ~75GB total of usable space. That should be plenty for 98% of people.

34. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Even 32gb sd is enough for non-techie people. Selfies don't take much space and facebook is compressing their uploaded photos so no need for too much storage for these guys.

40. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I like big games, Real Racing 3- 2.3 GB, Asphalt 8 Airborne 1.5 GB, Nova 3-1.6 GB, Dungeon hunter 4- 1 GB, larger internal is better for me

12. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Stupid Sony should've made the Z3 with the option as the same features, but on a 4.3, with 3gb Ram, and S805.

16. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

There is also Z3 version with 32GB internal storage. And since both versions support SD card up to 128GB it is really minor issue for those buying "lesser" one.

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