Sony to pull out all stops with the Z4, tipster claims: 5.5" QHD, Snapdragon 810, amped speakers and new camera

Sony to pull out all stops with the Z4, tipster claims: 5.5
We have barely gotten accustomed to the excellent Xperia Z3 that Sony churned out this holiday season, and there are already rumors emerging about the Xperia Z4. Exhale a sigh of relief, though, as the pesky six-month upgrade cycle might be gone for good with the Z4, as Sony is apparently planning to pull out all stops with its next flagship.

The sources claim that we will be looking at an Xperia Z4 with a 5.5" display, bearing the nutty 1440x2560 pixels Quad HD resolution, and the phone will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 810 chipset, meaning crazy power under the hood. Not only that, but the leakster tips that Sony might equip the Z4 with 4 GB of RAM, to take full advantage of the Android Lollipop's support of 64-bit architecture, and more than 3 GB of RAM addressable memory. Gone will be the days when flagship Xperias came with 16 GB of internal storage, as the Z4 is said to arrive with 32 GB out of the box, though nothing is mentioned whether it will have a microSD slot, or not.

Sony to pull out all stops with the Z4, tipster claims: 5.5" QHD, Snapdragon 810, amped speakers and new camera
That's not all, though, as Sony is rumored to equip the Z4 with a new curved Exmor camera sensor, which is likely to keep the same 20 MP resolution, but offer a better camera experience than what we have now in Sony's phones. The source also says that the Z4 will support LTE Cat. 6 download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, and Bluetooth 4.1, but since these are a given with Snapdragon 810, there's not much news here. What's news, though, is that Sony is planning to put amplifiers behind its signature stereo speakers at the front, similar to HTC's BoomSound kit, for a superior audio experience. If at least some of this pans out, it's no wonder that Sony might finally ditch the six-month upgrade cycle - the Xperia Z4, as laid out in this unsupported rumor, is shaping up to be as futureproof as they come. 

Let's not forget the tweet from the famed Sony leakster Ricciolo last month, that says Sony will be decking out the Z4 to the gills, screen res included. Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, though nothing is mentioned whether the handset will still be waterproof and with great battery life, which are becoming Sony's signature features in the Android crowd. We'd assume that the Z4 will be roughing it as much as the Z3, though that purported Quad HD panel might take a bigger toll on battery life than necessary.

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91 Comments

1. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

If it's true, it will be an Xperia beast!

9. maverick786us

Posts: 157; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I think Sony too will follow this methodology to launch a flagship device, followed by gigantic phablet. So this will be rather Sony's flagship phablet.

13. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Well maybe. I think they will also release a "mini" Z4 but with a bigger 5" screen, 1080p res.

73. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I wonder what will be the performance level of z4 compact if it comes with a similar hardware with 720p resolution....

22. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Please keep thin bezels Sony :(

25. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

is there any to keep in the first place?

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

With 5.5" screen SONY Xperia Z4, will be having the height of Nexus 6...

4. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

more bigger than that as it will also have ipXX rating

52. paul4hp

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

This is a step in the WRONG direction . The Z3 is already too big, and would be the right size if they shrunk it down to 5.0" screen. They should call this 5.5" thing the "Z4 Ultra" instead. That way we would have the 4.6" Compact, the 5.0 inch normal and the 5.5" Ultra. The existing Ultra is just so impractical that it is no longer a phone. BIGGER ≠ BETTER. Was Sony's recent mock advertising campaign not also "bigger than better"?

54. paul4hp

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

...... No it wasn't "bigger than better", it was "better than bigger", so please stick to the notion. The "bigger" screen resolution is also stupid you simply don't need that resolution on your phone. Please instead focus on your excellent battery autonomy, as well as colour accuracy by allowing a "colour accurate" profile setting on the software for those of us who want it.

78. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Sony has both of those things.

3. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

5.5" is just too big for me,they should just stick to 5.2" and eliminate more of the bezel.Also just update the damn UI

14. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Wait for LG G4 then.

87. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

chiil bro,you have alternative,the z4 compact with 4.7 1080p display

5. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I don't want QHD, I want F-HD or 4k display

31. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That is very strange

85. Cyrus.I

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

This guy wants terrible battery life

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I hope this time sony will get everything right bcoz they are always good in screwing something in their phones... I hope in z4 they will be able to develop proper software algorithm for their camera as well

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I was gonna buy a Nexus 6, but then the price was revealed. If I'm gonna spend that much on a damn phone, it should be something like this Z4.

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No need for a new camera; the present one is fine. What they need are new algorithms, because the ones they use right now make a mess of the photos...!

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But imagine the combination of the new curved sensor and new algorithms :)

26. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

sony's curved sensors will only make the camera module thinner and address the distortions on the edges. it may improve sensitivity a bit. don't expect too much when it comes to image quality if sony sticks with their current algorithms.

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It will improve sensitivity up to 2 times. And it will allow wider aperture which further improves low light capabilities. And even with current algorithms the results are fantastic.

46. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

not just that, it improves sensitivity and the sensor size will be bigger without making the whole camera bigger. You know that the most important thing in any camera is the sensor size, The bigger the size the better everything the camera can do. The rumor says that it will have 2/3 which is way bigger than the current 1/2.3 (two third is way bigger than less than a half)

12. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It better come with better battery life and display quality than the Z3. Apply some Note 4 sorcery on the internals and I'm sold.

15. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

just put 2/3 inch curved sensor and sd810 ,other specs not matter.

16. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I wonder why people always say that the Z3 camera is not good enough, despite the fact that Z3 can produce better detail than most other cameras. I know with the auto setting the Z3 tends to produce overexposed photos and videos, but simple manual setting by manually set the EV or even WB you'll get better result.

21. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The Z3 is not bad. I'm sure no customers are complaining. We just expected it to be significantly better than other smartphones rather than slightly better or comparable. Maybe their ISPs weren't powerful enough to properly use the camera if the SD800/801's 21MPx limit is any indication.

32. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The superior auto is close to IPhone 6 quality. Full res mode captures way more detail (as obvious). Images can look a little dull at times though.

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