Sony’s Xperia XZ4 Compact isn’t dead after all, but you still can’t have it

Sony's Xperia XZ4 Compact

The Xperia Z1 Compact was announced in early 2014 and launched a new line that would include smaller versions of many of Sony flagships. These smartphones have never been the best sellers, but the company has always seemed satisfied with the results, so it wasn’t a surprise last December when Sony’s plans for an Xperia XZ4 Compact were leaked.

Initially, it was expected that the device would come close to the flagship we now know as Xperia 1. But soon after its design was leaked, rumors circulating about a possible cancellation. The MWC 2019 arrived and Sony could not announce the smartphone, suggesting that the rumors were true, but today the brand has introduced a new device in Japan called Xperia Ace that looks like the Xperia XZ4 Compact.

Xperia Ace Specs

Like last year’s Xperia XZ2 Compact, the Xperia Ace has a small 5-inch screen that offers an 18: 9 aspect ratio and a Full-HD + resolution (2160 x 1080p). As expected, this is Sony, after all, the panel is paired with thick frames both above and below, housing an 8-megapixel selfie camera and front stereo speakers. Taking a quick look at the back, Sony has opted for a rather simplistic look and only a camera located in the top corner. The latter has a resolution of 12 megapixels and is coupled with an LED flash, although at this point it is unclear what kind of images it produces.

As for the internal appearance, the Xperia Ace is not equipped with Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 855, as expected from the Xperia XZ4 Compact. Instead, Sony has once again used the mid-range Snapdragon 630 which can already be found in the Xperia 10 and Xperia XA2 series. This chipset was also used previously in Motorola Moto X4 and Moto G6 Plus.

To complete the Xperia Ace package there are 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal expandable memory. The smartphone also includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a small 2,700 mAh battery.

Sony's Xperia XZ4 Compact

The unfortunate thing is that the Sony Xperia Ace is currently exclusive to the Japanese operator Docomo and will probably not be launched internationally. At this time, it is available for purchase locally in black, white and purple and costs 48,600 JPY, which translates to $444.

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