Sony Xperia Z3+ won't be followed by a global Z4, but probably by an Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z3+ won't be followed by a global Z4, but probably by an Xperia Z5
Sony this week announced the Xperia Z3+, which is the very same device as the Xperia Z4 that the company had previously introduced in Japan. This is certainly causing confusion among users: if Sony's current global flagship is still called Z3 (albeit with a +), will the next one be called Z4 (while at the same time being different from the Z4 that's now available in Japan)?

Well, according to ePrice, Sony confirmed that the successor to the Xperia Z3+ (thus the company's next generation global flagship smartphone) will not be called Xperia Z4.

We assume that the upcoming flagship is going to be called Xperia Z5, unless Sony chooses to completely change its naming scheme, which we doubt will happen anytime soon.

While there is no word on when the Z3+ will get a successor, this might happen before the end of 2015. As you may know, the Xperia Z3+ looks a lot like last year's Z3, though it's a bit thinner, while its front-facing speakers are slightly different. Other changes include a Snapdragon 810 processor and a 5 MP front-facing camera. Hopefully, the Xperia Z5 (or whatever its name turns out to be) will bring more significant changes.

According to British publication The Inquirer, "the main reason for the name difference" between the Japanese Z4 and the global Z3+ is that Sony is "such a dominant force in the Japanese market, where consumers crave flagship devices with the latest features as soon as they can be delivered." Outside of Japan, the new handset is positioned "as a premium addition to the existing flagship Z3 series."

The Xperia Z3+ will be available to buy starting the next few months. Is anyone planning to get it?


sources: ePrice (translated), The Inquirer via Xperia Blog

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Xperia Z3+
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2930 mAh(17h talk time)

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40 Comments

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You're supposed to see this kind of confusing product portfolio butchering in mid-range and low-end devices, not flagships. Seems like a marketing disaster.

35. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Relax, people know that the Z series are Sony's flagships so jumping numbers is not really a big deal. You should look at what Asus is doing with their model numbers: from Zenfone 4,5,6 to Zenfone 2 with different serial models? Now that's what I call mixed up.

3. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Does it comes with DDR4?

15. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

yes, it does

33. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Nope. It has LPDDR4. DDR4 is different. :D

4. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

i hope its front and rear glass doesn't crack as easy as the Previous model ! (z3 compact with cracked screen owner)

7. bendgate unregistered

"z3 compact with cracked screen owner" Lol

12. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

z1 cracked. seriously all the Z series specially afte Z2 was incremental . Z1 to Z2, Va vs IPS display, single vs dual speaker, 800 to 801 snapdragon, 2gb to 3 gb ram, 5 to 5.2 screen.. Z2 to Z3 bumped speed by 200mhz thats it. now Z3+ switched to 810. first company to use same camera for 4 flagship.and their compacts. my guess Z5 increased processor speed by 100mHz

24. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Yea but a z3 isn't meant for a z2 owner. Say you started from the original Z and upgraded every two iterations Z-Z2: s4 pro to snapdragon 801, more ram, better (imo) design, stereo speakers, much better display, almost double the battery life, much better camera, improved IP rating. Z2-Z4: Much better display, more internal storage, better FFC, more ergonomic design, exposed USB port. Only drawback is the camera didn't improve enough.

39. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I'm happy my Z1C has a plastic back ;)

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Sony is really going down hill, hope for the best with the Z5, but i have doubts.

9. gaming64 unregistered

Sony please make something worthwhile. I want to see your potential. Even more, you are also part of the gaming industry. I hope you can also give a gaming experience like that of Apple's.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sony is losing it.

17. gaming64 unregistered

Don't worry. They dominate the gaming industry and they produce great films. Except The Amazing Spiderman series though. It was craptaastic. Sam Raimi series all the way!

20. RobinD

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

Still waiting for an Xperia Ultra Z4 or Ultra + depending on how they're gonna call it. It's gonna be THE BEAST when it comes out and for a long time after.

25. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Sony is a great company! But their whole marketing department sucks like htc's :)

26. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I am really forward to the z5

30. Someguy316

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I have a feeling they just want to catch up the the 6 in the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. Still, I wouldn't mind switching my M8 for this since I feel the M8 is too big for my hands.

34. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't mind the jump from 3+ to 5 naming. Media will just cover everything latest so people will forget the older models quickly anyway. Call me a troll but I think Japanese people still adhere to that number 4 mean "shi" bad luck thing that's why they skipped 4 on global launching.

36. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So sony would rather launch the number 4 in their homeland? lol

38. Virage

Posts: 88; Member since: May 25, 2015

The Z2 is what put the Xperia on the tech radar. But after that not much a difference. At least UP your camera. Mediocrity DOESN'T SELL, even bif your product is very GOOD. Apple,Samsung,Xiamio,Asus have up there game. And no one wants to be a lose. Plus please difference your product range, everything looks EXACTLY the same.

40. Duskun

Posts: 41; Member since: May 09, 2015

I'm waiting for the Z5 or new phone line with a new name by Sony whose design is "inspired by Bravia TV."

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