Following last month’s quiet launch of the Xperia Z4 in Japan, Sony have launched a new addition to its Xperia range: the A4.
The A4, which shares many similar specifications to last year’s Z3 Compact, has so far been launched exclusively for Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, with no present word on global availability.
It’s presently not clear whether the A4 is intended to represent a Z4 Compact, as the new device shares many features with last year’s Z3 compact (you can read our review here).
The A4 will arrive sporting a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 graphics processor, alongside 2GBs of RAM. The A4 is no slouch on the camera front, either – the A4’s primary camera is a 20.7 megapixel snapper accompanied by a 2.2 megapixel front-facing camera, as seen on both the Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact.
The A4 possesses an internal storage capacity of 16GB, which is expandable via MicroSD card up to 128GBs, and arrives with both the same battery capacity (2600mAh) and 720p display that the Z3 Compact currently has.
However, the A4 will arrive with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, and sports a compass/magnetometer which its Z3 Compact sibling doesn’t posses. Additionally the A4 will come in four different colours – Grey, pink, blue, and white.
The most surprising difference between the two is that the A4 features a marginally larger form factor than the Z3 compact, despite apparently sharing much of the same innards: the Xperia A4 weighs in at one millimetre longer, two millimetres wider, and one millimetre thicker than its sibling. While these differences are indeed minute, it is interesting that Sony have produced a fundamentally larger handset with little to no internal improvement.
While the A4’s greater role in Sony’s Xperia line has yet to be clarified, the firm has made several inconsistent moves recently; least of all being the soft launch of the company’s 2015 flagship, the Xperia Z4.
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