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When the Sony Xperia Z4 was announced a few weeks ago, we were particularly harsh on Sony. The company didn’t do much to the Z3 to warrant a numerical jump in its naming scheme, and while the device wasn’t supposed to reach international shores, the company has come up with a cunning plan.
The new name makes a lot more sense, and keeps up with the Apple-like naming convention.
As for the device itself, there really isn’t anything different from the Sony Xperia Z4 that the company released earlier this year. It boasts a 5.2-inch 1080p screen but now boasts 3GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, with eight cores and a rather lofty clock speed of 2.1GHz on the sprightlier cores.
Sony Xperia Z3+ Lead
Of course, the changes are mainly in terms of battery size, device size (it’s a whole lot slimmer) and the lack of port covers for its amphibious tendencies. It’s still waterproof though, unlike Samsung’s Galaxy S6, a feature which the Korean manufacturer stripped from the S5.
It’s a welcome upgrade from the brilliant Sony Xperia Z3, and with its new name, it should do well in international markets. But does it make sense for Sony to launch a stop gap instead of a more refined flagship. And what does this mean for the next international Sony flagship?