In an update to yesterday’s “teaser” leak where we only got a look at half of the device, we’re now getting a real good look at the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 from just about every angle. The new renders, which the author notes are still early and subject to change, reveal some interesting changes coming to Sony’s flagship.
On the smaller side of changes, the SIM slot has been moved from the right side of the device to the left. Although it’s not labeled, it could share a slot with the micro SD card. You’ll also notice Sony going with more of an Xperia Z2 style speaker slits along the very top and bottom of the display glass. No biggie.
Probably the most notable changes are the absence of the charging dock pins along the side, as well as the moving of the charging port from the top left — where it was hidden under a waterproof flap — down to the bottom, where it is now completely exposed. So what does that mean for water resistance?
Sony Mobile has long made it a water resistance a staple of their entire Xperia line, even on the low-end. Ditching this ethos on a new flagship would be counter-intuitive and simply wouldn’t make sense for a company that’s been struggling to make headway into a crowded smartphone market.
We can’t say for certain what we’re looking at here, not until Sony makes it official. Judging by recent leaks — and the influx of 2015 flagships — we imagine that wont be too much longer.
UPDATE: As our some have pointed out in the comments, Sony is no longer hiding the charging port behind a waterproof flap in their latest devices like the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, and the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, but still keeping that high Ingress rating (IP65/68).