Sony Xperia XZ4 rumor review: super-tall, extremely powerful, three cameras, price and release date

Sony Xperia XZ4 rumor review: super-tall, extremely powerful, three cameras, price and release date
MWC is almost upon us and we are about to see the announcements of some sweet new devices. Heavy hitters Samsung and LG will be there, showcasing their latest smartphones, and so will Sony, supposedly showing off a brand-new Xperia XZ4.

Wait, didn't we just see an Xperia XZ3 get released this past October? Why yes, we did. But Sony insists on sticking to a 6-month refresh schedule for its flagship series, so it will not be all that unusual if the Xperia XZ4 gets announced in February and launches in April, just like the XZ2 last year.

So, what do we know about the Xperia XZ4? Well, we have some juicy leaks, actually. Let's put it all together!

To Compact or not to Compact

While Sony does refresh its flagship XZ line once every 6 months, the Compact series is usually an annual ordeal. Their name says it all — an XZ Compact will have the same hardware and almost all the perks of a regular XZ flagship, but it will be slightly smaller, catering to fans of the smaller phones.

We’ve heard a couple of whispers about the XZ4 Compact here and there, but the latest rumors say that Sony decided not to make a Compact this time around. Perhaps demand was low? Or the rumor could be a hoax, we’ll see.

Design — the tallest Xperia ever

For a couple of years now, smartphone manufacturers have been pushing their screens in the super-wide territory. Well, we call it extra tall, due to the way we hold a handset, but still. While the 16:9 display ratio used to be standard for years, but now we have phones with 18:9 and even 19.5:9 screens.

“Amateurs”, the Xperia XZ4 says. According to rumors and leaks, Sony is planning to equip its latest flagship with a super-long, 21:9 screen. We’ve already seen renders from reputable leakers as well as an alleged real-life photo of the phone (although the latter is not extremely reliable). And it looks like we are about to get a huge chocolate bar of a handset.

And yes, you will notice that, as per the rumors, the Xperia XZ4 is about to get a triple camera module on the back. “Where is the fingerprint sensor?”, you might ask. It seems it might move over to the side of the phone, embedded in the power button, as Sony used to do back with the Xperia Z line. One could speculate that Sony might be investing in facial recognition or under-the-screen fingerprint scanning, but no good leaks or rumors point this way.

Extra features we can spot — the phone comes with courage and no headphone jack, as well as a dedicated shutter button for the camera, which has been a Sony staple for years.


Good news for the Sony fans — it seems that the Xperia XZ4 is going to be a very, very robust computing machine. It’ll come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor — the golden standard for 2019 Android flagships and Qualcomm’s first SoC built on a 7 nm process. The phone will have 6 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 256 GB of storage.

Now, these will be the specs of most Android flagships that will be coming out this year. So, what makes the Xperia XZ4 special? Well, a test unit was allegedly benchmarked with AnTuTu and it scored an impressive 395000, which is way above anything so far, including tests of the Galaxy S10 or benchmarks made with AnTuTu's own test device. So, Sony may have some insane optimizations going on under the hood of the XZ4.

About those triple cameras

Unfortunately, we’ve got no solid leads on why Sony decided to go with three cameras on the back. We would assume that at least one of these will be with a different lens.

It could be a combination of wide-angle, normal camera, and depth-sensing camera. Or a telephoto, normal, and wide-angle lens, a-la LG V40. The rumor mill is acting mum here, so we will have to wait and see.

Sony Xperia XZ4 price, release date

Again, leaksters haven’t commented on price yet, so we will have to go with educated guessing instead.

As we mentioned earlier, the Xperia XZ2 was announced in late February and launched in early April. If Sony wants the XZ4 to be a true annual refresh, it’ll have to do the same this year around. This means, we expect the Sony Xperia XZ4 to launch in the first week of April.

The Xperia XZ2 launched for $800, keeping up with the trend of recent smartphone price inflations. The XZ3 went even further, with a price tag of $900. We have to believe that this is as high as Sony would go with the Xperia XZ4 and maybe even bring it down a notch, at least to $850. If the company dares to go up to $999, it’ll face stiff competition in the face of Samsung’s super-productive Galaxy Note 9 and Apple’s ever-popular iPhone XS. And, let’s face it, Sony’s flagships don’t really have the sales momentum to battle these two.

Related phones

Xperia 1
  • Display 6.5" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(24.8h 3G talk time)



1. yalokiy

Posts: 1111; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

They either use huge bezels, or use normal bezels, but extra tall screen. Is it so hard just to leave the screen at 18:9 and have smaller bezels?

2. Juarizs

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

for sony? yes.

14. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

They are going to leave the mobile business. I said that one year ago, but no one believes. Now they leave the only one niche that left for them - compact. A lot of people want iPhone SE like design - compact and powerful. The last compact wasn't selling well because of the $hitty fat rounded design. SONY is lost. There is no hope for them. Sorry, but my XZ Premium will be my last SONY phone.

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

well, the extra tall screen is nice to have when you are gaming in landscape

16. Gustaurus

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 03, 2018

Looking social media too which have big picture every post just like Instagram. It will shows more content on the display per scroll.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

With the render leaks, and cases being made for it, I don’t know why its still being reported as if the Compact isnt coming based off a vague statement by someone.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Not sure why Sony are so happy shooting themselves on the foot with every model. The XZ4 was shaping up to be a nice phone, why do they have to scare everyone with a massively tall phone? I'll stick to my lovely XZ3. If the XZ4 Compact is so bezelly as the leaks show, I hope it won't be happening a) because there is a limit to people's willingness to accept vintage b) because it looks so different from the standard XZ4, that it doesn't deserve the name. It can be called XS4 Compact or something else. Small comment on the pricing issue that PhoneArena repeats again and again: this is situation in the USA. In the EU the XZ2 and the XZ3 shared the same price of €800, which actually places them at the bottom of the current flagship pricing trends. Only OnePlus 6T is cheaper than Sony.

10. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Currently, in the USA, Sony sells their cell phones unlocked, through resellers. If Sony wants to be more successful at this, then I suggest that they expand the number of LTE bands on their phones. LTE band 66: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. LTE bands 29 and 30 (need both) AT&T. LTE band 71 T-Mobile. LTE band 14 AT&T first responders. The phone looks wonderful. I really like that it is a Sony. Before looks and street cred, the phone has to work as a cell phone. Without those LTE bands, it is not fully functional.

11. John.Banister

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 26, 2018

I completely agree. I bought an XZ Premium, and it lacks the bands and won't do volte. The high resolution wide gamut screen would be great for watching a virtual TV, but it won't do Daydream. A flagship phone should get the basics right. Otherwise, it's a decoy - a gizmo that looks like a nice phone but really isn't.

6. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Phone of the year for me

15. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Really? It looks like failure of the year for me.

7. Alin03

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I think it is going to be called Xperia XZ3 Premium

8. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Now this aspect ratio ain't for everyone. But for me, I prefer using my phone landscape, watch wide movies, split screen tasking and for a few mm taller than an XZ premium, that ain't bad at all. Best part, no annoying hole or notch to obstruct my content viewing experience!

9. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sony will fail again with this phone if they are going to price it at 1t or above.

12. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I really don't get this 6 months phone shi*.. Samsung releases two flagships each year too. One S and one Note.. the difference? only the name and a pen.. What is so good about that and stupid about Sony doing it? I guess the money is speaking way more than it should PA

13. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I hope they continue doing the compact line. I know a lot of people looking for smaller phones with decent specs.

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