Monday, 29 December 2014 11:29

Sony Xperia Z4 rumours rev up

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Ever since the Sony hack inadvertently released the unsurprising news that Sony was releasing an Xperia Z4 in 2015, rumoured specs have raged.

Sony’s hacking scandal unveiled the unsurprising news that Sony has a new model of its Xperia smartphone planned for 2015 - the Z4 - and wants to see it showcased in the next Bond movie, Spectre, as revealed by Gizmodo.

Naturally, this news has set various rumour sites alight with what the specs might be, but because these are all rumours, nothing can be taken for granted.

The Fuse Joplin points to GSM Arena suggesting a 5.5-inch screen with a QHD display, but when we took at look at GSM Arena, we see its purported specs page listing a 5.2-inch screen.

GSM Arena also has an article suggesting the Z4 compact will have the same 4.6-inch sized screen, but will also come in an ‘ultra’ super phablet size of 6.4-inches, which will be even larger than Huawei’s 6-inch Ascend Mate 7.

The same 20.7 megapixel camera appears to be listed as well, but with one difference - the curved sensor that many had hoped would appear in the Z3 will apparently now arrive in the Z4.

An upgrade to Qualcomm’s 810, octa-core, 64-bit 2.8GHz processor is expected, but why wouldn’t it be? You wouldn’t expect Sony or any other phone maker to put anything but the latest and greatest processor into a flagship smartphone.

Naturally we’d see the 64-bit capable Android Lollipop 5.1 (or better by then) installed to take advantage of the processor’s 64-bit goodness.

Some sites are saying there will be 4GB of RAM, other sites say 6GB.

While the Sony leaks show the Z4 will have either a bold, angled design, or a rounded design with a soft back, Android Origin reminds us that there's at least one feature Sony doesn’t have that it should.

That is a fingerprint sensor - now common on iPhones, on Samsung’s flagships and on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7.

Android Origin however wants better flaps for the microSD card, an even better battery (despite the Z3’s already heroic battery life alongside Sony’s famous ‘Stamina’ modes), and also wireless charging.

Other desired features from Android Origin also include eye scanners (unlikely), movement-based gestures (which are useful but haven’t set the world alight, sadly) and better 4K recording so the phone doesn’t quickly overheat.

Much of this sounds incremental, evolutionary rather than revolutionary, so hopefully Sony has some surprises up its sleeve to ensure the Z4 is like nothing we’ve seen before.

Perhaps that’s expecting too much too soon, so we’ll just have to wait and see just how different it is from the current Z3.

It will also be interesting to see what things James Bond can do with the Z4 that couldn’t actually be done yet in real life, as Pierce Brosnan did with his Sony Ericsson, driving his BMW from the back of the car with a touch interface in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’.

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