The Sony Xperia Z4 could be rebranded as the Xperia Z3+ outside Japan

The Sony Xperia Z4 could be rebranded as the Xperia Z3+ outside Japan
While rumors suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 is intended to be exclusive to Sony's home market of Japan, a recent leak reveals that the smartphone could be re-branded as the Sony Xperia Z3+ for international markets. The news comes as the official white paper for an official Sony Xperia Z4 accessory called the "Sony SCR30 Style Cover Window case for the Xperia Z4" lists two devices as being compatible with it. The first is the Xperia Z4, and the second is a currently-unannounced smartphone called the Sony Xperia Z3+.

This could mean that the Xperia Z4 as we know it today will never make it outside Japan, and that that a slightly modified version will be branded as the Xperia Z3+ at the global level. Alternatively, Sony could be working on a separate smartphone called the Xperia Z3+, but seeing as the Z3+ and the Z4 are both compatible with the accessory, then the differences between the two devices should be minimal. It looks like Sony took down the white paper from its official website in the meantime, but the Google cache page still points out to the information.


Last week, Sony announced the Xperia Z4 in Japan, keeping mum on a potential international release of the smartphone. The very same day, the rumor broke that Sony plans to release another flagship smartphone for international markets. Building on this train of thought, a new Sony smartphone, the Xperia P2, was recently leaked online with flagship-level hardware specifications

The Sony Xperia Z4 comes with minimal updates over last year's Xperia Z3, at its turn a minor refresh over the Xperia Z2. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 is certainly one of the best-specced Android smartphones currently out there, many fans were left wanting for a more substantial update.


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30 Comments

1. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

This is probably what the leaker guy was talking about with the Z3 Neo.

2. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

What a LAME name

4. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

What a LAME comment.

9. carlemillward unregistered

This guy basically trolls on every Sony Article, if Sony keeps making losses, eventually he won't have anything to troll about. This is similar to HTC M8S.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

He probably won't be able to sleep well this week, seeing how Sony has announced a profit forecast of $2.5billion dollars.

14. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

This forecast is not too high maybe sony can do this.

15. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

LMFAO....in your dreams That profits is not from sony mobile division Sony mobile division still sucks and will remain that way

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yep in my dreams, can sleep well knowing you'll be up biting your nails over a company's success you have no relations to.

18. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

With a little bit of marketing, offering their phones through US major carriers, and better optimization for their cameras, Sony can get back to their best.

26. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Except that the M8S has weaker specs than the M8.

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well, I like your name, Corntoz! Corntoz is yummy.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You're iPhone is lame. Get lost punk

3. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's the way it should've been for the Japan's variant, considering that the Z5 should be on it's way by December. Still, it is a solid phone, better than the m9 and from the looks of it, it is better than the G4.

5. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

This is a great replacement for the Z3. Still waiting for that Xperia P2 and its freaking huge battery.

7. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I think it is a great replacement for the Z2, Z1 and Z. The Z3 is still a great phone and if i had one I wouldn't be tempted to make the switch now, i would rathet wait for the Z5.

13. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Yeah, my point is if Sony stopped manufacturing the Z3 and replace it with Z4 or Z3+. Not worth upgrading if owning Z3.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1379; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Maybe the Z4 is a conservative replacement of the Z3 but Z3+ is to me also a bit odd. After all, despite the extremely similar design, there are no common pieces. The whole body has different dimensions, the screen and glass back are also new. Eg. The S versions of iPhone have largely the same body. So, the are like facelifts of their predecessors. But the Z4 is a bit more, despite looking so similar to the Z3.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Well, Apple gets away with many things so Sony has to do a lot more than Apple does. The media has different standards for Apple. The differences between the Z3 and Z4 might not even be enough to earn the S or the plus label to the tech media. They probably want it to be called the Xperia Z3 and want Sony to treat it like a slight revision like the Nexus 5 with the smaller speaker holes and the revision with the bigger holes. While Apple can release a 326ppi screen in 2020 and it would still somehow be the best screen ever. Lol Different standards that Sony has to adhere hence the need for the plus label instead of the Z4 label.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Instead of trying to bring new customers they keep making tiny upgrades to make old customers update? This is beyond fail for a dying mobile division of Sony

12. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

dont all companies do that though? sure every once in awhile a major update in terms of design/feature comes along. but generally, the upgrades for every flagship stays "tiny". new processor, new screen, new camera features. Sony isnt different from the rest, it only doesnt update its already good design drastically at every iteration.

10. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Next phone after Z3+ or whatever. Please sony make the new innovation on the smartphone.

20. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

what new innovation? useless gimmick screen?

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they seriously need new design and camera sensor for Z5 if they still want survive..

22. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Don't know which one between Z3C+ and S6 mini will be here(US) first but Sony always LATE.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Galaxy Alpha is basically the GS6 mini. It is a fantastic phone too. I had both the Alpha and the Z3 compact and I regret selling the Alpha but don't regret selling the Z3 compact at all.

25. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I didn't buy Z3C because of its glass on the back even I love its specs.(SD801, 720P, etc. more than enough for me)

27. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

The S6 Mini will be just as the powerful as the S3. The snapdragon 400 isn't very powerful.

28. coopstar6

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Xperia is the coolest phone there is, all i wanted was a better processor and gpu and they delivered, now its the perfect device for remote play and android games with the dualshock 4. Its almost stock android which is best and AMOLED 2K screens are cool but i can settle for lcd and its benefits of a slimmer/lighter device and better battery life. Sony aims perfectly at its target demographic which is people with a ps4, that love gaming and going to the pool, jacoozi or taking a bath everyday. As far as people complaining about the design? Dont fix what is not broken, Sonys name is awesome and so is the design from an artistic point of view, the sleek subtle designs, logo and accessories to accent the phones qualities (gaming mount, magnetic charger for maintaining ip68). It sells great in Japan but not here...marketing is bad out here, i sell phones for verizon and my manager gets mad when i sell the phone because it doesnt gain good gross profit for retailers and other employees dont sell it because sony offers no incentives. samsung goes out the door like crazy because the employee pay checks go up with cash spiffs and better gross profit. we hate selling apple because theres no gross profit and no cash spiffs but at least there is crazy accessories all over the store to help our pay checks. SONY I LOVE YOUR PHONES AND I SELL THEM FOR PERSONAL REASONS BUT PLEASE FIX YOUR MARKETING IN AMERICA, OFFER MORE GP TO STORES AND INCENTIVES TO EMPLOYEES TO SELL THEM AND YOU WILL SEE THE CHANGE!!! ps when its slow i play on my game mount and show off the ds4 with modern combat 5 and it sells its self, too bad i have to defill the phone cause theres never any in stock!

29. coopstar6

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Phone specs and design dont sell phones, phone sales men sell phones (except apple) apple sells because it is fun and creative built around interacting with people. Samsung is for the business man. Sony, for the gamer, but if you want more sales in america you need to pay people to sell it. When someone walks in with an upgrade and dont know what phones to buy right now i bring out and s5 note 3 and note 4 because these phones raise my paycheck. If theyre unsure the s6 is a fall back closer with trading anyphone for 100$ credit lets them walk out with a badass phone for free. Now i love sony its the phone i have personally, i take it to the pool 3 days a week before work and jacoozi at night,i use the ps4 controller on my game mount everyday for lunch and show it off, i use noise cancelling headphones and my bluetooth speaker, and i sell a lot of the phone. The down side is that when i sell the phone i make no money, neither does my store so my manager doesnt like me pushing it. So my opinion, work on a better marketing campaign.

30. coopstar6

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

In my personal opinion since the first z sony has been the best...

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