Sony Xperia A4 now official in Japan: another try at the Xperia Z3 Compact formula

One year after Sony unveiled the Xperia A2 in Japan, what appears to be its successor just got unveiled. It's not called the Xperia A3, but the Xperia A4, mind you, and is a pretty similar to the Xperia Z3 Compact in terms of specs and design. As such, it's a pretty compact device - its dimensions are 128 x 66 x 9.1mm and it tips the scales at 129gr. Just like most of Sony's high-end and mid-range handsets, the new trooper is dust- and water-proof in accordance to the IPX5/8 and IP6X standards.

When it comes to specs, the Xperia A2 screams "2014". It is endowed with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset humming at up to 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, and a microSD card slot.

At the front, we have a 4.6-inch 720p display. The photography capabilities of the handset are courtesy of a 20.7MP rear-positioned camera and a 2.2MP front-facing selfie snapper. There is a also a 2,600mAh battery keeping the lights on. Interestingly enough, if we judge from one of the product images, Sony might be claiming a three-day battery life for the device, but given its specs we suppose that it will be pretty much on par with the Xperia Z3 Compact, which achieved 10 hours and 2 minutes in our battery benchmark test. 

In the connectivity department, it's nice to see that the Xperia A4 is an LTE-enabled samurai that sports all the bells and whistles you might expect - Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, NFC, GPS with GLONASS, and MHL support. Android 5.0 with Sony's own Xperia UI is powering the device.

The handset will come in black, white, blue, and pink; it will arrive on the shelves of Japan's NTT Docomo starting from the middle of June. Neither the pricing information nor the model's availability on other markets are known at this point. 



1. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

PA 3 days battery life. For real???

2. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Very misleading use of words... Sony says "2 days or 3 days" under normal (light) usage conditions... PA test is very demanding and it does not represent what most people will do on a regular basis. In the end the 10 hours received in the test is one of the highest scores for any smartphone and they managed to put it in the sentence in a way that sounds like a bad thing. Very misleading PA. Bias against Sony everywhere. Anyway regarding this article this is just a Z3 Compact as far as I can see... Just renamed

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

More like cheaper rebranded Z3 compact to satisfy Docomo's demand for mid-tier exclusive phones.

4. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

No its an A4 not a Z3 Compact. The A series are Japan exclusive. Z1, Z1C, Z2, A2, Z3, Z3C, Z4, A4, and if we continue this trend there should be a Z5 & Z5 Compact some time in the future if Sony Mobile sticks around long enough. I'll guess it will be a 4.7 incher.

7. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

In gsmarena test z3 compact score 101h rating. If you use -1 hour of calling per day -1 hour of browsing per day -1 hour of video per day At 50% brightness then your z3c battery will drain after 101h (4 days and 3 hour)

16. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

you should say the reference is from GSMarena :D

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15. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

If you use it lightly. It can Since I have habit of plugging my phone at night. I often plug my z3 compact at 20-30% (use it from 10AM to 1AM, and I use it heavily. And today when I was too busy to use it normally, now it's 11:31PM and the battery shows 75%. (some calls, photos, and wifi surfing) So it can last 3 days. Of course ! After so many android devices from different brands, this is the best battery life smartphone i've ever used

5. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

PA is the worst site for news an reviews if it's not Samsung or Apple always hating on Sony for wat I don't know u ppl r sick

17. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Nothing new here in PA they loved to hate Sony.

6. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

This means we can expect that z4 compact(or what ever it is called) will have bigger display like 4.7 1080P display.... as 4.6 720P has became a mid-tier thing...!!!

8. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

i mean what the point of this device .. its excatly the Z3 !! why u are wasting ur money sony !

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Cheaper cost parts to rebrand Z3 as a mid-tier phone? It's not rocket-science.

9. mickeygosselin

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

There is a bigger battery packed into this thing than what is in the Galaxy S6

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

slim bezels looks pretty good, that blue or pink.

12. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

this would be my secondary phone my Main phone is LG G4 my secondary phone would be Sony Z4 compact. great combination ....

14. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I told the exactly thing in the previous article, there is 100% no z4 compact .

18. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Can I buy this phone somehow from America?

19. techfirst101

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Yea its a Sony Z3 compact. Available on their website or through other retailers.

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