The Sony Xperia Z4 might be offered in both QHD (1440p) and FHD (1080p) versions with better waterproofing and shiny metal

The Sony Xperia Z4 might be offered in both QHD (1440p) and FHD (1080p) versions with better waterproofing and shiny metal
Another source has poured fuel in the fire of rumors that spec out the upcoming - and probably hidden in plain sight at CES 2015 - Sony Xperia Z4 with a Quad-HD (1440p) display. More specifically, the Taiwanese source claims Sony will double-dip on the fourth-generation flagship, offering it to consumers in both 1080p and 1440p variants. 

Reportedly, the QuadHD version is heading towards the US market, while "certain markets" will only receive the 1080p version. That's an interesting theory, but we're totally in the dark about what it's based on - everyone likes the highest of high resolution displays at the moment, even if they admit to their pixel densities being completely overkill. So it must be manufacturing and distribution issues to blame.

The source also cited improved waterproofing that needs no plastic flaps covering the Xperia Z4's open ports. That would be very welcome, as those flaps kind of rub us in the wrong way - they simply don't belong in Sony's harmonious and symmetrical OmniBalance design in which nothing is meant to stick out and yell "look at me!". 

Additionally, the front camera has been improved in some way as well, and the smartphone's metal frame has been treated with a glossy finish. Hopefully, it doesn't end up looking tacky! And, as usual, the Xperia Z4 will be sold in different colors, with blue being one of the choices.

We're pretty sure Sony won't be keeping the Z4 devices at bay much longer, so we're looking forward to more leaks and announcements soon-ish. If you are looking for more info on the prized phone, be sure to check out our Sony Xperia Z4 rumor round-up.



1. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

If both versions looked the same, i would definitely go for the 1080p version, since 1440p is overkill. The Z4 Ultra is SEXY, Sooooo sexy!

7. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Those images are obviously fake though.

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, the first picture that shows the "Z4" looks like a Z3 Compact. But damn, look at that sexy Z4 Ultra!

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, PA should correct the article. Those are renders based on leaked specs, not leaked photos.

9. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

So tired of this arguement 1440p is gonna be standard deal with it and yes you can tell a difference.. The same thing happened when we went to 1080p it was all 720p is high enough ur eye cant see my battery gonna suck blah blah blah, yall must be blind because there is a difference and its noticeable.

12. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014


14. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

And im not trying to be a a$$ but the technology is there. we can have 1440p screens and great battery life with no lag! 2015 will be a great year with phones and 2016 will be a huge breakthrough year.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Only on a larger screen. I've looked at the 1080 (440 ppi) G2 and 1440 (540 ppi) G3 side by side and didn't see a difference. Compare the Note 3 and Note 4 and you'll be more likely to see a difference.

21. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Well I disagree, simply because I saw a difference. In reality all this comes down to is eyesight IMO

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If you look closely enough, sure. But the reason the comments tend to be anti-QHD is on practicality grounds. The technology might be there to put even a 4K screen in a phone, but what benefit would there be? The jump from 480 to 720 was enormous. From 720 to 1080 was still impressive. I was using a 720 phone and the first time I saw a 5" 1080 screen, I was amazed at the photorealism. Beyond that it gets much more subjective.

34. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Not even if you look closely enough at least for me. I don't have Hawkeye like vision, but I was still able to tell a difference even at a distance. I can't speak on 4K since I don't think the jump to that should be coming as soon as it is, I think QHD should be enough for now. As for benefits of 4K phones are changing everyday, they aren't phones anymore they are computers and can do full computer task. So 4K especially for VR, Gaming, Video Editing, might not be as useless as you think.

44. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

What screen size/technology though? There's a notable difference between LCD and PenTile AMOLED when it comes to perceived sharpness. At 5-5.2" LCD and S-Stripe, 1080 is perfect and 720 isn't bad. PenTile is unbearable below 1080.

47. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

True, I thought about that a little while ago. I agree with another comment that OLED displays might be sharper and the difference will really be noticeable at that point. LCD is still pretty sharp with QHD IMO, but your right there is a difference. 5.2 LCD would be the smallest I would go for QHD.

31. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

1440p on OLED displays is fine but it is harder on LCDs

56. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

So tired of this argument. 1440p is pointless and overkill, you can't tell the difference, deal with it. It's still true for 1080p, because 720p is enough for any phone, but the jump from 1080p to 1440p is much more pointless than the previous. You must be biased because there is no difference. Wait... yes, there is a noticeable difference: the 1440p ruins the performance and battery life.

59. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

U might want to invest in some glasses then lol

66. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I had a nexus 4 with a 720 screen, and now a nexus 5 with a bigger screen at 1080x1920. Yes I can tell the difference. Does it add to my general experience? No, not really, but then it is a bigger screen ... The lower resolution was sufficient on the smaller phone, though I can certainly understand wanting the 1080 screen on 5 inches or more. Do i want a higher resolution on a future 5 inch phone? no thanks, but I do want a longer lasting battery. I also had a nexus 7, and now a nexus 7 2013. Can i tell the difference at 7 inches? Yes. Does it make a difference? Yes, a bit. Sadly i dropped my n7 2013 and have just got a Samsung galaxy tab s 8.4 with silly screen resolution of 1600x 2560. Can i tell the difference? Yeah, a bit. Does it make a difference? Yes, for the worse in some apps, and for the better in a few games where the gaming field is no longer scrollable because it all fits on screen.

53. maestri

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

SONY can nail it

63. Z3R091 unregistered

You would not even noticed the different between QHD and FHD screen. Why waste money for QHD one. Fix the image quality Sony! Sonyboy must be hoping the next flagship still have front facing speaker.

73. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

yay! indeed z4 ultra is sexy.

2. Deadeye37

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I think they should offer both 1080p and QHD variants to all markets. If all the other specs were the same, I would jump on the 1080p version. The pixel density is high enough that my screen would look sharp enough for me. If the processor was the same between the 2 units, then the 1080p version would be quicker because there are less pixels to push around. I would rather have a phone that never lags and has a sharp resolution instead of a phone that is a little slower and has eye bleedingly sharp resolution.

35. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Agreed, I wish both would be available, I'm really not buying anything over 1080 on a 5" phone. For phablets a case may be made for 1440 but I still think that the performance disadvantage from driving all those pixels is offseting the clarity of the picture due to the extra pixel density at this point.

3. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

sony should increase the screen size to 5.5" and make the bezel smaller.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Yeaaah! I would love to be able to choose the 1080p version for maximum battery life.

5. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

All that pixel density is useless. How about 1080p IPS+ or Super AMOLED?

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I hope there's a major change on the design. And no plastic flaps for waterproofing anymore? Awesome! If both FHD and QHD variants launch in my country, I would choose FHD for longer battery life and if QHD has long battery life too, I would choose QHD. Just hope both variants will have same specs except screen resolution and storage. More importantly, give us Snapdragon 810 and 4GB RAM. But anyways, bring it on, Sony!

10. MickLuvHP

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Loving my Z3 with 1080p display and also the awesome battery that gets me through my day while my iPhone 6 died half way. :p

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It really comes down to screen size. I challenge anyone to prove QHD has any benefit under 5.5". An Adreno 430 with a 1080 screen would be a speed machine. I'll buy that. I believe the US-gets-QHD rumor though. Sony has a hard enough time getting its phones noticed here. If LG and Samsung go QHD, they'll have little choice but to match them.

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

It's pretty easy for Sony to get noticed by the majority in the US, they just need to advertise more of their products like Samsung. If the Z4 has...Snapdragon 810, 4GB RAM, 21MP camera with curved sensor and 5x optical zoom, 5.5" QHD or FHD IPS+ Triluminos display, dual front speakers with amplifiers, 2-3 days battery life with fast charging, fingerprint scanner or iris eye scanner, 16 or 32GB internal storage with micro SD expansion up to 2TB, IP 69 waterproof and dustproof, available on 4 major carriers in the US. What's so hard to advertise with all these good stuffs? I'm not from the US btw.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You had me until the retina scanner. That's just creepy. And while 3 day battery life would be nice, I doubt it. We're all used to charging every night, so even 36 hours is great. I like Sony's designs, but they got left in the dust in '10-11 when Android conquered the market. Maybe it was the Ericsson breakup, but they really missed an opportunity. Their hardware design is top-notch now and worlds ahead of (pre-A series) Samsung, but the Galaxy S is now practically synonymous with Android in the US. They need a marketing push, but class-leading hardware is key.

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