As expected, the Sony Xpreria Z4 has been announced outside of Japan as Xperia Z3+. The smartphone is already listed on the Sony website, and will be launched globally next month in two variants (single and dual-SIM variants).
Considering that the Sony Xperia Z4 has minor upgrades as compared to its predecessor, the Xperia Z3, it makes sense for Sony to just call it the Xperia Z3+. To us, it sounds more like what Apple does by launching an S variant every alternate year that signifies minor updates.
When compared to the Xperia Z3, the only improvement seen in the Z3+ is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and a better 5.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone continues to be resistant to water and dust with IPX5/IPX8 rating. But unlike its predecessors, there is no plastic flap covering the USB port or the 3.5mm audio jack.
Most of the specifications are the same as the Xperia Z3, with the Xperia Z3+flaunts the same 5.2-inch full HD (1920 1080 pixels) Triluminos Display powered by X-Reality engine. Under the hood though, the flagship is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor paired with Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
On the photography front, there is a 20.7-megapixel primary camera with Exmor RS sensor, and 4K video recording capabilities. On the front however there are big changes. While there is a 5.1-megapixel selfie camera with Exmor R sensor, and 25mm wide-angle lens, Sony has also included digital image stabilization.
The flagship also features 32GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card, Sony DSEE HX audio technology, FM Radio, and 2,930mAh battery with STAMINA mode. Connectivity options include LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and on the software front, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box.