Sony's Xperia Z4 is only for Japan, company said to unveil another flagship device for the rest of the world at the end of May

Sony's Xperia Z4 is only for Japan, company said to unveil another flagship device for the rest of the world at the end of May
The Sony Xperia Z4 is official. And it's largely identical to the Sony Xperia Z3. Which was identical to the Xperia Z2. Which was a slight change over the original Xperia Z. There are some minimal improvements to the slimness of the phone, and Sony has also made it lighter, plus, the Xperia Z4 is packed with the latest Snapdragon 810 system chip under the hood, but overall, it's hard to get overly excited about what seems a gradual upgrade.

New information now points out that it's no wonder that Sony launched the Xperia Z4 with a press event only held in Japan as the phone will be targeting the local Japanese market and is not meant for international release in this exact configuration.

Sony, being a global brand, though, will not just skip the global market and focus on Japan only. Quite the contrary: Sony is expected to unveil a different flagship device for the rest of the world and the official global announcement is likely to happen by the end of May, according to information from Russian tech blog Hi-Tech.

The interesting question is how different would that new phone be. We don't know what could be the difference, but we suspect that it will be a very minimal variance over this newly unveiled Xperia Z4, so minimal that it might be insignificant. We could even be talking about a change in the 4G LTE band support, or some other tiny variance, or the change could be about something a bit more significant.

Either way, rumors do seem to agree that a new Sony top-tier device that will be available in markets outside of Japan is coming soon, and that's good news to all who like the Sony brand and want to own the latest Xperia.

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60 Comments

1. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

There's still hope

7. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I highly doubt that.

12. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Don't worry u'll be surprised during IFA

16. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

yhup with the NOTE 5 :)

19. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

haha true that. Another beast will be unleashed from Samsung :)

25. Pogma9

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Sony will crush everyone with the z5, also, to some, the z3/4 are far superior to s6 by virtue of slicker UI and sd card/water proofing etc.

33. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

In your dreams mate.

60. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Typical PA article about Sony all the negative stuff. What's the difference between iphone 5s and 6plus? The screen resolution? Camera at 8mp for 4 gen? A not so good battery life? And wait overpriced ipod touch that can launch apps 1 a time. How about samsung? Qhd? Removing sd slot and interchangeable battery? So what's the hype about Z4? Considering it will be sold exclusively in Japan.

46. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I think Z3/4 only crush S6 underwater beside that it's really person preference. I still rock my Z2 everyday and I support the water proof feature 100%. For the people who doesn't think it's a useful feature, that is just because you have never used it. It's not necessary but it is truly added luxury.

54. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I have both Z3 and note 4 but note 4 is far far far better than Z3... note 4 is much more smooth and lol.. I don't compare camera... coz z3's camera is not where near note 4

35. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

You mean another turd with laggy Touchjiz.

34. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

With lame low light performance. Hahaha

42. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Where have you been lately? Laggy touchwiz? Are you still looking at the galaxy s5 And the Note 3? Lame low light performance? I guess you are really still at the old times

59. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Yes, i'm looking at the S6 and Note 4. Yes, lame low light i(DOT)ytimg(DOT)com/vi/keI1yIaZYKo/0(DOT)jpg

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

"The Sony Xperia Z4 is official. And it's largely identical to the Sony Xperia Z3. Which was identical to the Xperia Z2. Which was a slight change over the original Xperia Z" lol, i guess we should wait for the Z5, if sony mobile division survives that long.

30. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Also, you forgot Z1.

36. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

You must be a tool. The Z3 has a redesigned speaker grill and a curvier edges for improved ergonomics.

3. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Ok let's hope it's one well built phone with top notch specs and the newest os.

4. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

It's probably for the best anyways. This Z4 would not have sold well. The selfie cam would have been good on the Z3. Sony late to the party.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Lol too much drama for one PA reading session. I expect no compromises for this phone whatsoever. No mediocre real world battery life and lack of MicroSD card slot (Galaxy GS6), no severe thermal throttling (One M9) and no lag (G Flex 2). And a new camera sensor and ISP, darn it!

48. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

That's the problem. It has the exact same camera sensor as the Z3.

6. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Good to hear his!. Hope they will change the design as well as the camera

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

That's right! I knew it! I knew this wasn't it, because there's no Z4 on their Youtube channel and their global website. Please give us a flagship that's different than your so-called "Z4" that's only for Japan. I hope there will be no Z3 Neo, just give us a great flagship with WOW. New camera, new design, new features. Come on, Sony!

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Ha, yes the change will be a 5mp front cam

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I highly doubt that Sony will do any changes to their global "Flagship" devices compare to Z4, it maybe just a mild upgrade or different version. However, i hope if they wanted to release it for global market, at least they should do it right, start with redesign of the devices, upgrade the camera and processor.

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Can't believe no one has picked this up yet, but the Z4 is listed with 3G 17hr talk time where as the Z3 has 16hr talk time. hmmm...I think they did it again with battery optimization.

11. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Well that is quite shocking. And also, "The Sony Xperia Z4 is official. And it's largely identical to the Sony Xperia Z3. Which was identical to the Xperia Z2. Which was a slight change over the original Xperia Z. There are some minimal improvements to the slimness of the phone, and Sony has also made it lighter, plus, the Xperia Z4 is packed with the latest Snapdragon 810 system chip under the hood, but overall, it's hard to get overly excited about what seems a gradual upgrade." You guys don't seem to complain when Apple does it. Why complain when Sony does it?

13. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You know there's something behind PA. You know it...

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed.

53. Archdragoon

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

I would like to call this page a SamsungArena and AppleArena.

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