Sony’s mobile business might be coming to an end: Xperia Z4 quietly launched in Japan

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Many people were looking forward to this day, and now it’s finally here. The Sony Xperia Z4 has been officially launched. Before you get the wrong idea, there’s one tiny thing we should mention, though: for the moment, the phone is only available in Japan.

Yes, that’s right. Sony’s new flagship phone is available exclusively, for now, in its home market. But what does that actually tell us about the Japanese company’s mobile division? Well, like Forbes has already pointed out, Sony’s smartphone business might be scrapped in the future. Or maybe it will not have the same importance. Either way, things might change drastically pretty soon.

Slightly better specs

Coming back to the phone, the new Xperia Z4 does not bring many new features. Sony still hasn’t implemented a QHD screen, we have the same 20,7 megapixel sensor and there’s no metal frame. As you probably recall, one of the most important rumors about the Xperia Z4 stated that the phone might be made out of metal. Even Samsung did it. But seems Sony’s not going with metal yet.

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In terms of size, the phone is somewhat slimmer than the Xperia Z3. At 6,9 millimeters, the Sony Xperia Z4 is just as thick as the iPhone 6 while being slightly lighter than its predecessor (144g, compared to the 152g of the Z3). Nevertheless, we get the same 5,2 inch Full HD display and 3GB RAM. The processor has been upgraded and the Xperia Z4 now sports a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.

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While the main camera is the same as the one found on the Xperia Z3, the secondary camera has been improved. It now has 5,5 megapixels, a 25mm wide-angle lens and image stabilization? Are you ever going to need that image stabilization for the selfie camera? Probably not. But cheers to Sony for implementing it.

What will happen to the Xperia line?

You think most components have seen been upgraded? Think again. This year, with phones getting slimmer and slimmer, the batteries have to be slimmed down as well. We’ve seen this before and the Xperia Z4 is no exception. Compared to the Z3’s 3100 mAh power pack, the Z4 only has a 2930 mAh battery. This might still be enough for most users, having in mind that there’s no power-hungry QHD screen.

The Xperia Z4 will only be available in Japan for now, but the guys at Sony ar “considering feasibility in other markets”. The quiet launch of its newest phone shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. Sony has announced in the past that it will be looking to develop the more profitable areas of its business, like gaming and sensors. Is there any hope left for Sony’s smartphones?

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