Unlike most smartphone makers which keep an annual upgrade schedule, Sony releases new phones twice a year. The latest addition to the Xperia Z lineup, called Sony Xperia Z4, was introduced a couple of months ago in Japan. At the time of its announcement, Sony didn’t reveal when, and if at all, the device would be launched in other markets. Today’s press release dissipates any doubts – the Sony Xperia Z4 will be coming to Verizon Wireless this summer as the Xperia Z4v.
Sony Xperia Z4v will arrive at Verizon some time this summer…
The Verizon-bound version of the Xperia Z4 is very similar to the international model, though not identical. For starters, the Z4v offers QHD (2560×1440 pixels) resolution instead of FHD (1920×1080 pixels) on the same 5.2-inch Triluminos display which means significant improvement in pixel density. The Z4v’s battery is also a tad bigger and has the capacity of 3,000 mAh while the Z4 comes with a 2,930 mAh unit. Users will be able to extend battery life by turning on Stamina Mode which disables apps when the screen is off, or Ultra Stamina Mode which disables all features except for calls and texts. Moreover, the battery supports Qi and PMA wireless charging.
The Xperia Z4v is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot. Like most Sony’s phones, the Z4v has a lot to offer in camera department. The main shooter packs a massive 20.7-megapixel sensor with 4k video capture and 25mm wide angle lens, while on the front panel resides a respectable 5-megapixel selfie camera. On the software side, the camera offers several photo modes such as Superior Auto, Gourmet Mode, Style Portrait, SteadyShot and more. Other key features include IP65 and IP68 ratings for water and dust protection, a notification light, Android 5.0.3 Lollipop, NFC, and both LTE Cat.6 and Wi-Fi MIMO for fast wireless speeds.
While the Xperia Z4v is more generous than the Z4 in terms of hardware, we can’t say the same about its design. The device is two millimeters thicker and weighs more than half an ounce more than the Z4 which results in somewhat less premium appearance. The phone will be available in black and white color options.
The Sony Xperia Z4v will arrive at Verizon some time this summer, however, neither the carrier not Sony provided any details as to when exactly that might happen. We also don’t know how much the handset could cost but we expect the price to be in line with other smartphones of such class. Keep in mind, though, that this is just our speculation and the decision regarding pricing belongs to Verizon.