Sony may market Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ outside of Japan

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Last week Sony launched a new device in Japan that they called the Sony Xperia Z4. Unfortunately, the reception to the new device was tempered when it became clear that Sony had not changed much compared to the Xperia Z3. The design of the two devices is basically the same with the only real differences being the chipset, front-facing camera, and the USB charging port. Perhaps due to that cool reception, Sony may choose a different name for the device when it eventually hits other markets around the globe, possibly the Xperia Z3+.

The source for this alternative name comes from a document for a case for the Xperia Z4. The list of compatible devices for the case lists “Xperia Z4/Z3+”. Since there have been no rumors for another device based off the Xperia Z3 and given that the case will work with the Xperia Z4, sources think the odds are good Sony is planning to use the Xperia Z3+ name outside the Japanese market. That should please some who see the Xperia Z4 as just a minor iteration of the Xperia Z3, although it may create some naming issues for Sony down the road as they try to get their Japanese product line in sync with the rest of the global market.

source: Xperia Blog

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Leaked renders allegedly showcase the design of the Xperia Z3 Neo

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Hit the break to see the smartphone in all its glory.

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Latest rumor says Sony Xperia Z4 to have metal chassis, fingerprint scanner

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Sony Xperia Z4 could get announced on April 20

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We have seen a number of Xperia Z4 leaks so an announcement has to be immanent right? Well apparently it will be announced in Japan on April 20.

The Xperia Z4 will look much like the Xperia Z3 and is rumored to sport a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) or Quad HD display (2560 x 1440) display, an octa-core Snapdragon 810, 4 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 20.7 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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