Sony's latest is coming to Verizon this summer as the Xperia Z4v. It's another slightly confusing iteration of the Xperia line — especially if you take into consideration that 2014's Z3v was styled like a Z2. And the Z4 (so far) is still exclusive to Japan, and a bit of a head-scratcher in its own right. But the Z4v specs, at least, are pretty straightforward.
We're looking at a 5.2-inch display (2560x1440) with Sony's Triluminous display. It'll be running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. You'll get 32 gigabytes of storage standard, along with a microSD card slot for expandability.
The styling is as you'd expect from Sony, with the round power button on the side. The Z4v also will be water-resistant and hardened against dust (IP65 and IP68) — but new this time around is that there's no flap covering the microUSB port. (Sony hasn't yet said if we're looking at USB-C, but it'd be a little surprising if that were the case.)
If that weren't exciting enough, the Z4v sports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for faster charging. Or if you want to slow things down and skip the plug altogether, you can charge wirelessly via the Qi standard, or with Powermat. (More on those two standards here.) So you've got options there. We'll have to see how the Snapdragon 810 performs here, but you've got a 3,000 mAh battery powering the phone.
The rear camera is 20.7 megapixels, and Sony's increased the ISO to 12800 — hopefully with even better noise reduction, though the Z3 wasn't awful in that respect. There's a 5-megapixel front-facing camera as well. Stereo speakers and a bunch of active optimization for headphones rounds things out.
We don't yet have actual timing or a price, but you'll be able to get the Z4v in any color you want, so long as it's black or white.
Experience the Freedom to Play with Sony's Xperia® Z4v Smartphone Coming to the United States Exclusively on Verizon Wireless
Combines best-in-class entertainment and technology in a beautifully designed waterproof1 smartphone for the most immersive PlayStation Mobile Gaming experience
NEW YORK, NY — June 16, 2015 — Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") and Verizon Wireless today announced that the Sony Xperia Z4v smartphone will be available in the United States this summer exclusively from Verizon Wireless. The premium Android™ 4G LTE waterproof1 smartphone is here to give you the freedom to play – delivering unrivaled entertainment experiences and innovative camera technologies along with powerful battery performance2.
"The Sony Xperia Z4v continues a tradition of high-quality smartphones that have the best of entertainment, gaming and in-demand features like a powerful battery, all on the largest and most reliable 4G LTE network in the United States," said Jeff Dietel, vice president, Marketing for Verizon Wireless. "This combination of a great network and a great device makes it easy for customers to explore and enjoy what wireless connectivy can bring to them where they live, work and play."
Designed to Perform
We know life can be tough on your smartphone. Designed with durability in mind, the slim-framed Xperia Z4v is dust-tight and waterproof, featuring tempered glass panels – so you won't get held back by a slip or spill.
With impressive performance, Xperia Z4v powers through whatever life throws at it and keeps you up to speed with the latest in entertainment. From 4K recording to gaming, Xperia Z4v's powerful, ultra-fast Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor lets you enjoy a universe of your favorite entertainment in an uncompromised, fluid, and lightning-fast experience. Need to do two things at once or find something online? This impressive processor helps to enable multitasking and fast-paced web browsing while delivering a seamless UI experience. With 32GB storage and up to 128GB SD storage, enjoy unlimited entertainment possibilities in the palm of your hand.
Best-in-class entertainment in a smartphone
For gamers, the Xperia Z4v allows you to break away from your TV and continue your PlayStation®4 (PS4) gaming anywhere in your home via PS4 Remote Play3. Simply connect your Xperia smartphone to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi® and use your DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller4 to play full versions of your favorite PS4 games directly on your phone. Additionally, users can stream Spotify while playing PS4 games without ever having to hit pause – simply control the music on your PS4 using your Xperia Z4v with Spotify Connect.
Hear the difference of the Z4v with your own ears. Discover the nuances of your favorite artists with studio quality sound captured by Hi-Res Audio and increase the sound fidelity of MP3 or AAC music tracks to near High-Resolution quality with the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX). Also equipped with LDAC support, the Z4v allows you to transmit your favorite Hi-Res Audio tracks over Bluetooth. With Sony's rich audio expertise and first-on-market Automatic Headset Optimization, your Xperia Z4v automatically adjusts audio settings according to the headset style you're using for the most immersive sound experience.
Xperia Z4v also brings movies to life in vivid detail with the 5.2-inch Full WQHD TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile featuring Live Color LED powered by X-Reality™ for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich, natural colors and enhanced color depth and gradation without the risk of oversaturation. Additionally, you can maintain increased brightness and contrast with the Z4v's power-efficient smart adaptive display.
Take your entertainment with you on-the-go with high-powered battery performance that helps you power through it all, with up to a full day of charge2. Xperia Z4v features a high-density 3,000 mAh battery and a power efficient display with Memory on Display. Xperia Z4v also offers Battery STAMINA mode and Ultra STAMINA mode to enable efficient power consumption that maximizes battery life. For fast and easy charging, Xperia Z4v features Qualcomm® Quick Charge 2.0, embedded wireless charging with the latest inductive 'Qi' and PMA technology, and a capless USB port for added convenience.
"With the coming Xperia Z4v launch, we are delivering on our commitment to bringing the latest and greatest Sony smartphones to the US," said Ravi Nookala, President, Sony Mobile Communications North America. "Our Xperia Z4v offers US customers the most fun mobile experience around with features that give them the freedom to play."
Superior Camera Technology
Whether you're snapping a group photo or taking a quick selfie, Xperia Z4v lets you take the perfect shot anytime, anywhere. Utilizing Sony's Cyber-shot and Handycam® technologies, Xperia Z4v offers superior camera performance on both the 20.7 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras. With the high-sensitivity Exmor™ RS image sensor and high ISO, you can capture high-quality portraits, even in low lighting. Take full advantage of the front-facing camera's 25 mm wide-angle lens to fit more into your selfie pictures – without distortion at the edges. With 4K video recording capability and SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode, you can document memories in brilliantly detailed high quality video.
Xperia Z4v continues to build on our previous generation's already impressive camera experience by expanding the ecosystem of camera capabilities and empowering users to unleash their creativity with 15 preloaded Xperia camera apps such as Timeshift burst and Video, picture-in-picture, and self-styling portraits.
Xperia Z4v will be available this summer in black and white color options and as part of the Made for Xperia offering at Verizon, customers will have a selection of protective cases from leading accessories brands like Otterbox®, Incipio®, Case-Mate, and Tech21 available for purchase in-store and online. Verizon customers can sign up for more information about Xperia Z4v smartphone at http://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/sony-xperia-z4v/. For a full list of specifications, visit www.XperiaZ4v.com.