Sony quietly launched its flagship Xperia Z4 Android phone in Japan today, with a very similar design to its predecessor and marginally better specs.
The Z4 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display, with a new 25mm wide-angle 5.1-megapixel front camera for bigger, better selfies.
Under the hood, you’ll find a Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, along with a microSD slot for up to 128GB more space.
The Z4 comes with the same 20.7-megapixel 4K video-capable rear camera as the Z3. The body is fairly similar too, with a metal frame, and a glass back hiding a large 2,930mAh battery. However, it’s a tad slimmer at 6.9mm and weighs in at 144g – a hair lighter than the 152g Z3.
As with other Xperia devices, the Z4 is dust-resistant and can be submerged underwater to a depth of 4.92 feet for up to 30 minutes without kicking up a fuss.
Those numbers and figures aren’t too shabby, but it’s sad to see Sony rehashing an older model with only minor upgrades at a time when other device makers are playing to win with their releases this year.
The Sony Xperia Z4 will be available in White, Black, Copper and Aqua Green in Japan; the company hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability in other markets yet.