The curvy Sony Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ3 marked radical shifts in design for Sony, which had been releasing somewhat dated-looking phones up until then. Now, it looks like the company is prepping a follow-up to the Xperia XZ3, likely to be called the Sony Xperia XZ4, and it may do something different with the look once more.
Interested in the Sony Xperia XZ4? Here’s everything you need to know.
Price and release date
Sony has been sticking with a biannual release schedule for the Xperia line over the past few years, and given that the Xperia XZ3 was released in October, we expect to see the new Xperia XZ4 around April. That would mean MWC 2019 at the end of February is the perfect place to show off the Xperia XZ4. That logic seems to have paid off, as we have received an invite from Sony for an MWC press conference. The invite gives little away about the content of the show, but we imagine the Xperia XZ4 is a likely candidate for the spotlight.
When it comes to pricing, the Xperia XZ3 arrived at $900. We expect the Xperia XZ4 to come at a similar price.
Design and display
While it’s not been that long since Sony redesigned the Xperia range, we’re still expecting some small changes in the design of the XZ4 range.
The latest leaks are from case manufacturer Olixar, via retailer Mobile Fun, and are a series of renders which show the Xperia XZ4 in a number of Olixar’s cases. The renders confirm older leaks and show a phone with reduced bezels — including an almost nonexistent bottom bezel — and an extended 21:9 aspect ratio. Three lenses adorn the rear of the phone, and the fingerprint scanner can be found on the edge of the phone. Like the Xperia XZ3, there’s no headphone jack.
MySmartPrice and Onleaks have also leaked CAD-based renders of the phone, which show the device from all angles. Notably, on the front can be seen a large display that isn’t quite edge-to-edge, but is certainly more so than previous Sony phones. The phone appears to have a 21:9 aspect ratio and MySmartPrice notes that it will have dimensions of 166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2 mm. A leak from Ice Universe, taken from Weibo, says the phone will be 8.9mm thick.
Perhaps more interesting than the front of the phone, however, is the back which shows a tri-lens setup. In other words, the Xperia XZ4 could be Sony’s first phone to feature a three-lens camera, which will hopefully open it up to high-quality photography. Leaker Ice Universe also mentions the XZ4 having three cameras on the back, and adds the camera will have a large sensor and optical image stabilization.
The phone also doesn’t appear to have a fingerprint sensor on the back. MySmartPrice speculates that the sensor may be embedded in the power button on the side, which a leak from Ice Universe also states. Rumors the phone could have an in-display fingerprint sensor seem to have not come to fruition.
Specs and camera
The Sony Xperia XZ4 could be a real smartphone powerhouse and feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, according to a leak published on the Weibo social network. It comes from noted phone leaker Ice Universe, who states the Snapdragon 855 will be joined by 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 256GB of internal storage space. A 3,900mAh battery will reportedly provide the energy, there will be a three-camera setup on the back, and a super-wide-angle selfie camera too.
We’ll update this article as we hear more about the new Sony Xperia XZ4.
Updated on January 17, 2019: We’ve added our MWC invite from Sony.