Good news Xperia fans! The Xperia Z3+ is a version of the cool Xperia Z4 for everyone

Sony announced the Xperia Z4 smartphone, its flagship Android device for 2015, at the end of April 2015, but only for Japan. For a few weeks it remained tantalizingly out of reach for many, but then, Sony announced the Xperia Z3+ — an international version of the phone. Here’s what you need to know about the Xperia Z4 and its alter ego, the Xperia Z3+.

Updated on 05-26-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of the Xperia Z3+’s announcement, and global release plans.

The Xperia Z4 and the Xperia Z3+ are both exactly the same, just with different names. This means if you’ve studied the Z4’s spec sheet already, you’ll know all about the Xperia Z3+. If not, here’s a refresher. The Xperia Z3+ (and the Xperia Z4, don’t forget) has a 5.2-inch, 1080p touchscreen surrounded by a polished aluminum body and a glass rear panel, much like Xperia Z-series smartphones introduced in the past. Inside is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, running at 2.0GHz and supported by 3GB of RAM.

Xperia Z4 Copper GreenSony’s promoting the Xperia Z3+’s front camera rather than the rear, which stays at 20.7-megapixels, and has added an intriguing Intelligent Active Mode. This is an electronic image stabilization system to minimize camera shake when taking selfies, or in an example provided by Sony, when you’re out running. The 22mm wide-angle selfie cam has an Exmor R sensor and 5.1 megapixels, plus various apps to add fun effects to your snaps. The rear camera even has a Gourmet Mode setting for making pictures of food look their best.

Sony has slimmed down the Z3+’s body to just 6.9mm, and reduced the weight compared to the Z3. It now weighs 144 grams. There’s excellent news for careless owners, because the Xperia Z3+ and the Z4 is rated at IPX5/IPX8, so is resistant to water and dust. Sony has also enhanced the audio side of the Z3+, and added its LDAC for lossless Bluetooth audio streaming feature, a system previously seen on the Sony ZX2 Walkman.

A 2,930mAh battery powers both versions of the phone, plus there is 32GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card slot to add an additional 128GB. It’s going to come in four different colors — black, white, copper, and aqua green — which Sony says are very hardwearing, and will always retain a cool sheen. Finally, Android 5.0 in installed with Sony’s own user interface over the top, and the device is ready to connect to 4G LTE networks.

The Xperia Z4 will be sold in Japan through several networks from June. The Xperia Z3+ will also go on sale globally in June, in either single-SIM or dual-SIM configurations. The price and any network support in the U.S. has yet to be announced. We’ll keep you updated here.

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