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Build your own Xperia: How would you improve the Sony Xperia Z4?

If you had been in charge of designing the Sony Xperia Z4, what would you have done differently? What design and spec choices would you make?
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April 21, 2015
The Xperia Z4 looks almost identical to the Z3.. but will it ever make its way outside of Japan?

Earlier this week, Sony quietly took the veil off of the Sony Xperia Z4, showcasing a device that essentially was nothing more than a Z3 with slightly upgraded internals. The new handset has been meet with some pretty stong opinions, with our own team expresing at least some degree of disappointment, even if the Z4 might make sense for the Japanese market. Since then, there have been reports that the Xperia Z4 as wis exclusively for the Japanese market and that the company’s next global flagship may significantly differ in design (and perhaps even specs).

Regardless of what Sony may have in store, as it sits, the Sony Xperia Z4 isn’t much of an upgrade. With this in mind, we ask our readers: how would you improve the Sony Xperia Z4? Let’s say you had been put in charge of designing the Sony Xperia Z4, what specs would you have focused on, what special features?

So now that you have your display size, let’s choose the resolution. Some say that 1080p is the ideal resolution choose as it’s not too heavy on the battery, and arguably QHD really doesn’t add any detectable difference.. at least not considering the hit to the battery that the phone takes as a result.

Onto the processing package:

Alright, so you have the basics. What about some of the special features several other OEMs are currently using — include them or no?

While HTC and Sony produced flagships that were highly reminiscent of their predecessors, Samsung received quite a bit of positive attention for switching things up with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Would you follow Samsung’s lead and bring a dramatic new look, or keep things status quo?

Camera time.

Onto the battery:

Last but not least, let’s talk software:

Obviously there are more features and elements that go into the design of a phone. With that in mind, we welcome you to detail your opinion in the comments about the Z4, Sony’s current mobile direction, and hw you’d change things up. Any options or features we should have mentioned in the poll but didn’t? Let us know about those too.