Sony Xperia Z4 Release Date

Sony Xperia Z4 Release Date

As we have seen with the Sony Xperia z2 and z3 release dates, Sony like to stick to a rapid release schedule, with new models expected every 6 months – 1 year. The Sony Xperia z4 release date is hot in the news at the moment, and we take a sneek peak at when the Sony Xpera z4 release date might be, according to rumours.

If we take a look at the history of Sony Xperia handset release dates, we can see that Sony rarely take longer than a year to release new handsets. Sony tend to use the Mobile World Congress as a forum to announce its releases, with the Sony Xperia Z2 announced at MWC 2014. The Sony Xperia Z3 was subsequently announced for released 6 months so it makes sense that Sony will announce the release of the z4 at MWC 2015 which is scheduled between March 2-5 2015.

Even if the handset is announced in March, consumers will likely see the Sony Xperia z4 in stores around April/May 2015 as the handset is set to feature the Exmor RS IMX230 image sensor which is being released in April 2015.

The Z4 has already passed certification with Japanese certification authorities, which means that a mid 2015 release is certainly on the cards.

 

Purple Xperia Z3 now available in Hong Kong

Purple Xperia Z3 now available in Hong Kong

With rumours of the development of the Sony Xperia Z4 hot in the news, Sony have opted to release the purple version of the Sony Xperia Z3 to show that this phone is still very much at the forefront of Sony’s plans. The purple handset has been released in Hong Kong this week.

From a specification perspective, the purple Sony Xperia Z3 is exactly the same as all other models – however, it just boasts a shiny new purple colour that is sure to attract a lot of attention. Some images of the handset have already been circulated (shown below) and have attracted a lot of attention on social media.

The purple Sony Xperia Z3 is attracting a price tag of $644 (or 570 Euros) and is likely to be released in Europe at some point in the future. However, with the imminent release of the Sony Xperia Z4 at the forefront of many people’s minds, is this a good idea by Sony? Or will people be more likely to save their money until the new phone is released? Let us know your thoughts below..

 

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6

Sony released their best handset yet, the Sony Xperia Z3, at the end of last year. With Google also releasing their power hose Nexus 6 “phablet” at a similar time, we thought it would be a good time to see how the phones match up. In this article, we will explore the Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6 on various properties such as specification, size, interface, battery time and usability. The reviews published here are a result of hands on testing as well reviews from the community.

Handset

The first thing we have to talk about is the size of the handset. For any one that has seen the Nexus 6, they will be aware of the sheer size of the thing. Google describe it as a phone/tablet (phablet), that is replacing tablets and allowing the user to carry a device that will fit into their pocket (just!). The size of the Nexus 6 is really, in our opinion, a major negative to the Google device. The handset is at that size where it is just too big to be able to use with one hand, so most people will need to use both hands to navigate and operate the device. This is a major downside when compared with other handsets, such as the Sony Xperia Z3, which easily fit into your hand and pocket.

Operating System and User Interface

Google’s latest Nexus 6 device boasts the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, the most up to date, flash and sleek OS yet. The interface with the operating system and the Nexus interface is flash, quick and easy to use. When you pick up the device (probably with 2 hands), the interface allows all of the features that any easy to use smart phone does and widgets are aligned on the home screen as you would expect. The Sony Xperia Z3 also uses small app links to popular services and the skin is nicely designed making it easy to use. From our perspective, the Nexus 6 takes this one by being the most up to date with Android 5.0 Lollipop and featuring a slicker design with customizable widgets.
Voice Control

Using the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, the Nexus 6 device allows voice controls using the “OK google” command. The voice control is amazingly accurate and you can comfortably use the device handsfree, whereas with other devices this has not always been the case. The Sony Xperia Z3 does feature voice control, however, we have found that this is not as easy to use as the Nexus 6. We think the Nexus 6 takes this one and is a major positive.
Verdict

Although the Nexus 6 is a giant when compared to the Sony Xperia Z3, the positives of the device make you forget about its size almost instantly. The voice control is easy to use and links to all apps, the OS is up to date, slick and responsive. Apps are also well integrated. The only downsides of the Nexus 6 over the Sony Xperia Z3 is the battery life and size, with the battery hardly lasting a day on full charge. Even with these minor negatives, we feel that the Google Nexus 6 edges it in the Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6 matchup.