Sony Xperia Z4 up down

If you have been holding your breath in anticipation of Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z4, to officially announce, it is time to breath. Sony has taken the wraps off of the device on their Japanese website, revealing few unexpected specs in what appears to be a solid iterative update to the Xperia line.

Before we dive into the juicy details, let me just say that Sony goes on at length comparing the Xperia Z4 to its predecessor, the Xperia Z3. Similarities abound, but we think the Xperia Z4 is a worthy update, at least on paper. Being thinner and lighter with a metal frame is certainly a plus.

First up, the Sony Xperia Z4 is equipped with a 5.2-inch full HD LCD panel. As mentioned, it is thinner than the Xperia Z3, measuring 6.9mm in depth. Keeping things moving along is the Snapdragon 810 SoC, a 64-bit octo-core chipset backed by 3GB of RAM. Internal storage offers just a 32GB model, so far, with the ability to add up to 128GB via microSD.

The back side of the device offers a familiar 20.7MP Exmor RS shooter, capable of up to ISO 12800 with “camera shake correction” out of their BOINZ image processor. Video capture is up to 4K, or 1080p at 60fps. The front shooter is a modest 5.1MP with full HD video capture.

Despite the exposed micro USB port, the Sony Xperia Z4 is IP6X dust and IPX5/IPX8 water certified and comes in your choice of colors, from White, Black, Copper or Aqua Green.

Sony Xperia Z4 colors

Under the hood is Android 5.0 Lollipop and support for Sony’s LDAC Bluetooth protocol for high-quality audio. Finally, to keep all these bells and whistles running, Sony has opted for a 2,930mAh battery, stating up to 17 hours of talk time over a 3G connection. This battery sounds small compared to some of the other flagships out there, but after the Xperia Z3, I’ll give Sony the benefit of the doubt.

So far, we are seeing no reference to price or availability dates. My Japanese is rusty, but it looks like Sony may be announcing further details in a couple days, on April 22nd. Either that, or accessories will be available in their stores. I’ll update this when our resident writer in Japan comes online for his work day. For now, our other ‘resident Japanese expert’ says “Konnichiwa.” (Update: the Xperia Z4 will be on display at Sony’s showroom in Ginza, Tokyo, starting April 22nd. Just as the Z2 was on display ahead of launch as well. Thanks for the translation Matthew Benson!)

Worst case, Sony has a dock and a protective case with front window set to launch later this summer, so the Xperia Z4 can’t be far off itself.

What are your first impressions for the officially announced Sony Xperia Z4?