After there wasn’t any word of a Sony Xperia sequel during this year’s CES, it seems the Japanese manufacturer could actually be forgoing their usual 6-month release schedule in favor of a more traditional yearly timing for their flagship devices. While many Android fans are chomping at the bit, waiting to see what Sony could unveil, the still unannounced Sony Xperia Z4 seems to have been certified in its homeland of Japan.
Three versions of the Z4 were certified (PM-0792-BV, PM-0793-BV, PM-0794-BV — one for each of Japanese carrier) and while many of the device’s details weren’t disclosed, it’s proof that an updated model may soon be upon us. Well, in Japan anyway. Unlike HTC, Sony has yet to send out any press invites for announcements during Mobile World Congress, but there’s still plenty of time left.
We don’t expect to see too much of an upgrade from last year’s Sony Xperia Z3, perhaps a beefed up processor and an OIS camera. The phone we’re most excited about is the Sony Xperia Z4 Compact, the smaller variant which is rumored to come equipped with a 4.7-inch 1080p display and 3,000mAh battery. Seems to address our major complaints about the current Xperia Z3 Compact, and we couldn’t be more excited.