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Sony is calling the Z4 the Xperia Z3+ outside of Japan

Were you looking forward to the launch of the Sony Xperia Z4? Well, the smartphone isn’t coming out over here in the UK – not under that name, at any rate.

Yes, oddly enough Sony has announced the decision to call its next flagship phone the Sony Xperia Z3+ everywhere except Japan – that’s the only territory where it will be known as the Sony Xperia Z4.

Fortunately, the Xperia Z3+ won’t be any different in terms of the specs, and the only difference will be the moniker.

As far as the Z4/Z3+ spec goes, Sony is sticking with a 5.2in screen and a resolution of 1920 x 1080, although the processor is being upgraded to a Snapdragon 810, which should really fly given the display it's driving (the Z3 was already extremely quick with a Snapdragon 801 under the hood).

3GB of RAM will be on board as with the Z3, and Sony is also sticking with the 20.7 megapixel camera – some may be a little disappointed that the company hasn’t beefed the snapper up. However, the front camera has seen a boost to 5.1 megapixels, following the trend to please selfie addicts.

An Xperia Z4 Compact is also coming with a smaller 4.7in screen, so presumably that will be called the Xperia Z3+ Compact, which is a little bit of a mouthful.

The reason for the name change? It would seem to be reflective of the fact that this year’s model isn’t a major update to the handset, although why Sony is keeping the Z4 name for Japan, well, that’s another question.

The Xperia Z3+ will be out next month across the globe in both single-SIM and dual-SIM flavours, in black and white colours, plus copper and aqua green.

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.