In Short

Sony in 2015 continued the iteration of its Xperia smartphone line, with the Z4v released in Japan. And now it's finally coming to the United States, birthed as the Xperia Z4v on Verizon.

Unlike 2014's Xperia Z3v — which looked and felt more like a Z2 — the Z4v keeps the stylings of its Japanese cousin. Oh, this is a Sony phone, for sure, with a side-mounted power button and all kinds of waterproofing. But it's also ditched the plastic flap on the microUSB port. And it's got wireless charging built in — both for the Qi standard and the less-popular-but-still-won't-die Powermat standard. But if you still want to plug in, Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 is on board. Good stuff all already.

The Xperia Z4v sports a 5.2-inch WQHD IPS display (2560x1440), has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (plus a microSD card slot) and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It's launching with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

The cameras remain a point of pride for Sony, and the Z4v has a 20MP shooter in the back with ISO up to 12800, and a 5MP camera out front.