It’s not a secret that Sony’s smartphones are not for the faint-hearted. With each new device, the company is taking a huge leap forward on the predecessor and shows its potential. The well-received Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone of the 2014 is no different. Later this month the phone will go on sale at T-Mobile Magenta network, and its CDMA variant called Sony Xperia Z3v will land on Verizon Wireless.
Sony Xperia Z3 for T-Mobile vs. Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon
The Magenta network will sell the Sony Xperia Z3 for $26.24 a month for 24 months under its equipment installment plan which adds to a total of $630 outright. If you want to make sure that you will be one of the first customers to get your hands on the device you can pre-order it on T-Mobile’s site starting today.
The phone will be available for purchase online and in retail stores on October 29th. Six days earlier, on October 23rd, the Xperia Z3v will arrive on Verizon Wireless. The price is set at a standard level for such a premium phone, that is $199.99 with a new-two year contract.
The Sony Xperia Z3v is Verizon’s variant of the Xperia Z3. The phones are very similar but not exactly the same. In terms of design the Xperia Z3v with its plastic sides accented by a strip of aluminum down the center actually resembles more the Xperia Z2.
The Sony Xperia Z3v is a tad bulkier than the Xperia Z3 and has a 3,200 mAh battery featuring Qi wireless charging technology, while Z3 sports a regular 3,100 mAh unit. The difference of 100mAh shouldn’t matter much, though, and you can rest assured that both phones will provide long hours of usage time.
Other components are identical and include a 5.2-inch 1080p TRILUMINOS display, a Snapdragon 801 processor and a massive 20.7-megapixel camera. Both variants are waterproof and are compatible with Sony’s PS4 remote play, which lets you play your PS4 games on your smartphone.
Whichever version you choose, you will get a high-end smartphone with great features, solid waterproof construction and excellent battery life. Maybe the addition of the Xperia Z3 and Z3v to two large carriers’ portfolio will help Sony gain some ground in the US, as until now the brand hasn’t been very popular mostly due to limited distribution. A chance for a change is now bigger than ever.