Sony Xperia Z4
For reasons that have nothing to do with innovation — and a lot, probably, to do with T-Mobile’s weird pricing scheme — Sony’s Xperia phones haven’t gotten the attention they deserve. Previous models in this line have been overshadowed by phones from HTC and Samsung, despite the fact that Sony’s build quality has been stellar, its camera technology has been consistently incredible (not surprising, given the company’s experience with digital cameras, and status as the world’s largest maker of image sensors), and the waterproof gimmick was legitimately cool.
The Z4, in other words, will probably be brushed aside as well, even though it adds a 64-bit octacore processor and a new 20.1-megapixel sensor optimized for better video and HDR photos. The Z4 also gets rid of the micro-USB flap, meaning it’s water-resistant even with an open, unplugged port. The Android phone is actually a Japan-only phone. A different model will be announced this year for other markets, including the U.S., so it’s possible that Sony will finally get its day in the sun (or rain, as it were). [sonymobile.co.jp]Back to top