Sony Xperia XZ4 : Rumour Roundup and Release
The Japanese tech giant recently unveiled the Xperia XZ3 flagship at IFA 2018 which is an exciting flagship, according to reviewers. It may be too early to start discussion about the successor of XZ3, but the rumour mill of Xperia XZ4 has already begun spinning.
According to a Korean source, clien report, Sony is going to launch a flagship with 5G capabilities in early 2019. It seems that Sony has requested Qualcomm to deliver the first batch of Snapdragon 855 chipset for its upcoming flagship.
When will Xperia XZ4 arrive ?
It appears that Sony decided to follow the 6 month flagship cycle with XZ series too, which was the same case with Xperia Z series previously. The XZ1 came in October 2017, then XZ2 in February at MWC 2018 and now XZ3 at IFA 2018 in August.
So most likely the Japanese tech giant will launch the Xperia XZ4 flagship with pre-installed Android 9 Pie operating system at the next Mobile World Congress which is going to take place in the last week of February 2019. The shipping of XZ4 may begin in March 2019 and the price tag of the flagship might be similar to that of XZ3.
The next flagship from Sony may come with the same revamped design and display tech of Xperia XZ3 and sport OLED display of 6.2 inch size with Quad HD+ resolution in 18:9 aspect ratio without notch or cutout. The display of XZ3 appears gorgeous and colorful with deep blacks. The HDR support of XZ3 Display will also be there in its successor and useful in HDR10 playback of Netflix vidoes.
Snapdragon 855 Fusion chipset
The Snapdragon 855 chipset is currently in development stage and Qualcomm already confirmed that it will built on 7nm process. The modems X24 and X50 are also built on 7nm process. Because of 7nm process, SD855 sports more power efficiency and also more powerful. Qualcomm admitted that they have supplied the samples of SD855 to their customer companies. Recently a HTC device powered by SD855 visits geekbench and scores very good, confirming the massive power of the next flagship chipset.
Some rumours claim that Snapdragon 855 comes with inbuilt X24 modem which supports upto 4G only, and also combined externally with X50 modem to provide 5G support. Since, Verizon already begins the testing of 5G networks in select regions in the US, commercial rollout is expected to take place in 2019. Because of the AI capabilities of Snapdragon 855 chipset, the Sony XZ4 flagship will process data much faster and provide better user experience.
Sony brought the XZ3 flagship with 4K HDR video recording and 1080p at 960fps recording supports, which are superior than competitors. The successor of XZ3 also feature the same Camera features, EIS, predictive capture and many awesome AI associated refinements.
The XZ2 Premium flagship arrived with dual Camera setup consisting of 19MP and 12MP sensor on the rear side and 13 MP sensor on the front side. However, the Xperia XZ3 sports Single sensor of 19MP on the rear side and a 13MP sensor on the front side for selfies. According to tech analysts and early renders, the Xperia XZ4 may sport the same dual camera setup of XZ2 Premium for potrait mode and other enhancements. In upcoming renders, full details about the Camera of Sony XZ4 will be revealed.
The predecessor of XZ4 flagship is powered by 3,330 mAh battery which is beefy, indeed. The XZ2 Premium sports 3,540 mAh battery, but in battery tests and also in real world use, XZ3 is outperforming XZ2 Premium as the Premium flagship sports QHD+ resolution. Since, we expect XZ4 come with OLED display and QHD+ resolution, Sony may use the battery with nearly 3,500 mAh capacity in the flagship.
Albeit, Sony flagships outperform most other flagships in battery life tests, but lag far behind in charging time. The Xperia XZ3 flagship takes nearly 2 hours and 50 mins to go fill completely drained battery. But rivals like Pixel 2, Galaxy S9+ and iPhone X take less than two hours to fullup the battery from zero level. So the Japanese tech giant really needs to adapt new Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology in its next flagship and supply necessary quick charge.
Update on 17/11/2018:
The Snapdragon 8150 chipset which is going to power Xperia XZ4 flagship has shown up in Antutu Benchmark, beating all other Android flagships, stands as the top scorer. The chipset scores 362,292 points in the benchmark, which converts upto 20 percent performance improvement than SD845. Previously, the chipset appeared in Geekbench scoring 3281 points in single core and 11,023 points in Multicore. Both single and Multicore scores are higher than SD845 scores. The Snapdragon 8150 chipset is built on TSMC’s 7mm process and offers huge performance improvement and also battery efficient. As Sony will optimize the chipset further to boost performance, Xperia XZ4 benchmark scores might be higher than the above scores.
We will update this article soon with more details about Xperia XZ4 flagship in coming days.