Sony unveils Xperia Z4 smartphone
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Everyone was surprised that Sony's much-anticipated Xperia Z4 didn't make it to MWC 2015, leaving the Xperia Z4 Tablet to represent the company instead. Today, however, the Japanese manufacturer finally introduced the smartphone officially.
As expected, the Z4 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor and carries 3 GB of RAM. There's 32 GB of storage onboard and a microSD slot which supports memory cards up to 128 GB. The 5.2-inch Full HD display and the 20.7 MP main camera remain unchanged, but the front camera's resolution was increased to 5 MP and it now features a wide-angle lens. Thickness has decreased to 6.9 mm and with it, the battery capacity - it is now 2930 mAh (Z3: 3100 mAh).
The phone still carries IP68 certification though, which is a major selling point compared to rival flagships from Samsung and HTC. The design remains largely unchanged except for the new shiny metal frame. All the communications available in the Xperia Z3 such as LTE and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi carry over to the new Z4, while Bluetooth was updated to version 4.1. Android 5.0 is pre-installed - presumably, with some usual customizations from Sony.
So far the announcement is limited to Sony's home market. No pricing information is available at this time, however. According to some sources, the smartphone might be released globally by the end of May.
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