Though we didn’t see the Sony Xperia XZ3 launching in Australia, we may see the Sony Xperia XZ4 coming down under next year with Sony set to announce the phone at Mobile World Congress in February. The design of the phone has been leaked online in the form of 3D CAD renders.
As usual the CAD renders – based on designs likely sourced from case makers – are courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer through his @onleaks and frequent collaborator MySmartPrice. The photos and video supplied on the site give us a 360-degree view of the phone design, as well as some stats on the dimensions and ports.
The design appears to be a refinement of the Ambient Flow design language introduced with the Sony Xperia XZ2 earlier this year with a flowing curved back, though it appears more staid and blocky, more along the lines of their previous phones. The phone will measure 166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2mm, with a 6.5″ display included on the front, though the camera bump on the rear gets the thickness up to a full 9mm, so there’s a raised area on the rear.
Where the XZ2 and XZ3 smartphones used a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor it appears that Sony has reverted to a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that looks to be built into the power button. This fixes the issue people had with both the XZ2 and XZ3 of mistaking the camera for the fingerprint sensor with both sensors on those phones the same shape and size – though the fingerprint sensor felt as though it were mounted too low on both handsets.
The power button, volume rocker and the separate camera shutter button will all be mounted on the right-hand side of the phone, with the USB-C port at the bottom, and a SIM tray is at the top. Sony has one of THE best SIM Trays I’ve ever used, with no SIM tool required to open it, and the easily accessible tray still allowing previous phones to retain their IP65/68 rating.
The camera sensor on the XZ4 looks to be a completely different setup with a vertically aligned triple camera array, though there’s no information on the camera sensors that Sony will utilise on the XZ4. On the front you’ll find a single camera sensor for selfies – again, there’s no info on the camera sensor Sony will use.
Timing wise, the phone should be announced at Mobile World Congress in February. We may see a Compact version of the XZ4 which would be great, but we’ll have to wait for the announcement.
There’s quite a few more renders of the phone over on the MySmartPrice website, or you can watch the render video below.
Last modified on 28 November 2018 9:57 am