Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its mobile operations.
Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan from the summer, though it did not provided details on launch dates, carrier partners or price.
The Xperia Z4 will be available in four colours and is slightly thinner than the previous Z3 model, it said.
WikiLeaks had it?
WikiLeaks has released a full set of documents from the Sony Archives hacked into in December and along with it comes new details about the yet to be launched Xperia Z4.
The smartphone, which was scheduled for release this year, could now be rolled out during the first quarter of Sony's calendar - sometime between April and June, with an improvised metal body.
According to the leaked documents, the fourth generation Xperia codenamed i1-4 will have a new anodising technology – a trend originally started by HTC One.
The 5.2-inch device is expected to be powered by a QHD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels screen resolution at 565ppi, an Octa-Core processor, a 20.7 MP camera, that’s similar to the Z3, but at 4K video recording capability and an improvised 3400mAh battery.
Rumours have also pointed out that Sony might opt for a 64-bit 2 Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM, while some reports indicate that Sony might only go with a Snapdragon 805 processor. The Z3 runs on a Snapdragon 801 processor.
What’s important from Sony’s perspective is if the new device will in any way help the company take on giants like Samsung and Apple.
Last September, the Japanese tech firm forecast a yearly loss of 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion), but saw the situation improve during the last quarter of 2014 with about 12 million smartphone sales – a 27 per cent increase compared to the same period last year – the division registering a profit of about $80 million.
Now compare this with 74.8 million iPhone sales and an estimated 73 million for Samsung during the last quarter.
It is not just Apple and Samsung, but stiff competition comes from several quarters including several Chinese manufacturers.
According to Gartner, Lenovo, Huawei and LG follow Samsung and Apple occupying the top five smartphone slots.