If you’re an Android owner, this time of year is like an early Christmas. Every single handset creator out there is unveiling their flagship device for 2015, and companies like HTC, Samsung and Huawei already have theirs out in the wild. Not Sony though, who suspiciously omitted their Z4 smartphone from their MWC keynote in March. A mistake they rectified in Japan today.
Sony have now officially revealed the smartphone they always were expected to, with the Z4 smartphone joining its bigger tablet brother in the new, have to have line. The Z4 makes some small improvements over the Z3 from last year (which was close to perfect), including a thinner, lighter frame and digital image stabilization enhancements to the front-facing camera. The wider lens will also let you fit more of your fat friends in the picture, so they don’t feel too left out.
As for the rest, the Z4 is pretty much the same as last years Z3. You’ll still get a 5.2′, 1080p screen, a stunning metal frame, the same wide-lens camera and impressive Hi-Res audio. The Z4 is powered by a 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and Android’s latest version of Lollipop. It’ll be water and dust resistant, but right now there doesn’t seem to be a smaller, “Compact” version just yet.
In fact, outside of Japan no one really knows when the Z4 will launch. It’ll be out in a few months in the land of the rising Sun, available in three different finishes. Sony will hopefully announce international availability soon, but is probably avoiding the current rush of phones hitting the market. The Samsung Galaxy S6 just launched, while HTC and LG are busy rolling out their flagships too. A little hesitance is probably a good idea.
I just hope Sony doesn’t fall into the same trap that HTC did with their One M9, which was too little of an upgrade to justify a new device. The Z3 was a stellar device, and it’s hard to make strides that far forward year on year. Still, the Z4 has some strong competition to stand out ahead of this year.
Last Updated: April 20, 2015