This may just be the Xperia Z4: New, massive leak reveals tens of thousands of internal Sony docs



Yesterday, WikiLeaks, a non-profit established in 2006 with the aim of uncovering secretive (and highly sensitive) information, published a 30,287 item-strong database of internal Sony documents, including numerous e-mails, internal presentation files, and excel spreadsheets among others. After some serious digging, a new entrant to the leaks scene, @xperialeak, has struck gold: a (seemingly) early conceptual rendering of an Xperia device. It didn't take long for the passionate, Sony-loving community over at Esato to dive in as well, and fish out a number of other renders from that same series.

Let's dial back a little. Yesterday, a tip from another source, @ViziLeaks, claimed that Sony is going for a new, full-metal design for the Xperia Z4, and will be integrating a fingerprint scanner into a new, refreshed power key. Funny thing â€“ those aforementioned conceptual renderings of an Xperia device happen to envision a phone just like that, and @ViziLeaks has already confirmed on Twitter that the Z4 will look a lot like what we're seeing right now.

From the renders, it's obvious that we're looking at a device with a metal frame, and in one instance that device seems to also flaunt a metal back. What's more, the power key, as tipped, has been re-designed, and is now considerably more conspicuous and large enough to accommodate a fingerprint scanner. As you can see for yourself, words like "seamless", "simplicity", and "solid" make an appearance throughout, suggesting that Sony is about to embark on a new design journey.

That's not all, however. Other images also suggest that Sony will be going for an iPhone 6-like, 2.5D glass for the display, and a few other, rather unspecific renders, suggest a new "MONO/New UI". Said otherwise, Sony may be on the verge of overhauling its dated, tired interface, and can we get a Hallelujah! Obviously, keep in mind that all of this remains strictly unconfirmed, and even though these renders come from Sony's internal database, they are clearly just design proposals that may end up being nothing more that. On the other hand, they could serve as a harbinger of changes to come.

The Sony Xperia Z4 is expected to make its debut sometime in September, likely in time for IFA 2015 in Berlin.


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97 Comments

1. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Wow *_* For those asking for design/UI change. The competition for this year now seems to be S6, iPhone 7, and surprisingly Sony Z4. That seems nice. Only thing left in my opinion - better camera algorithm.

4. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

You forgot the note 5. Regarding Sony i am afraid no matter how good it is as long they are using the snapdragon 810 it's out of my consideration.

8. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Note 5 also carries great expectations, my bad forgetting it.

12. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Im waiting for note 5 , people may bash its upcoming UHD resolution with 760ppi+ , but id rather have a mfckin monster in my hands for the 800euros than have CTR 'retina' resolution for the same price.

35. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

But what about battery?

53. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Oled does nothing to the battery, I.e. The s6 QHD uses less battery then the s5 screen This is due to the pixes get turned on when needed But lcd at hi res needs a bigger back light or it's a low back light like the g3

86. andrewc31394

Posts: 298; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

the pixels are always on when the screen is....smh

90. Pogma

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

The battery will be 15 000mha to accommodate all those silly pixels.

40. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

It's not going to have a 4K screen lol

89. Pogma

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

The resolution is idiotic, it's a marketing gimmick.

72. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Nice design will wait after 2016 to replace my Z2.

81. JKauzer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

U got Z2? I got Z3 Compact :P

88. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

@JKauzer I'm really tempted to buy Z3c but my Z2 is awesome same as z3c. I'm gonna wait for Z4 for me this will be the make or break smartphone for Sony. The finger print on the power button should be the correct place for that feature and I'm waiting for for their improvements on the camera algorithms.

91. JKauzer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Me too. I would have bought Z2 instead of Z3C. Z2 is great. And yes Sony has to stabilize the camera. Anyways, I am looking forward to Z4.

87. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope the rumors of the finger print scanner on the side of the phone come true. That would be awesome.

6. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would wait for the LG G4 before saying that, it may still be in the run. But I must agree the HTC M9 doesn't seems to be on the competition of flagship of the year. But if that render becomes real it will be a dream.

13. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G4 and G4 note

14. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

G4 is rumoured to be using S808, which has lower power than 810, though dissipates heat in a much better way. But comparing it to exynos in the Samsung and the thin UI on Sony devices (which are the basic reason as to why they generally perform so good), I think G4 might be outpaced in the race of top 3 smartphones this year, non-phablet category.

46. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And let's not forget that those are just rummors... That's why I will wait and see how much truth is behind them.

43. kabiluddin

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

This is the Most beautiful looking phone I ever seen. I hope its real.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Why renders always show very beautiful devices but in reality they turned out as bit ugly in comparison to a render. This shows fanticy is beautiful than the reality

36. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Same applies with promotional photography of cars etc. As a smart marketing person you showcase the item from its sexiest angle when in reality its a mediocre designed product. Most of the phones cars etc look amazing in promotional renders but in reality its not as great.

66. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

BMW's are looking very good in reality too. :D

24. oister85 unregistered

¿Surprisingly sony z4, sony always been a top designer.

29. Simona unregistered

This ? It is nice? That UGLY thick phone.. eewww And those horrible thick bezels..uff

37. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Agree entirely, the Z3 looks much nicer.

42. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Hope Sony start a new trend of making thicker phones (~9.5mm) with battery capacities of near 4500mAh.

64. ahfoun

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That was a great idea, brilliant, put aside the thickness factor, maybe like you said, 9.5mm maybe will be good and provide a large battery capacities that last for two days maybe, and other flagships will be totally screwed, hope sony will do that for the sake of batteries

49. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

The thick one is, supposedly, of Z4 Compact.

77. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

i think you are fat and "thick"

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