And just like that, Sony has three different flagship Xperia smartphones available.

In Japan, the Sony Xperia Z4 is what you'll find in carrier stores. Over in Europe a very similar phone goes by the name Xperia Z3+. And now in the United States, Verizon and Sony bring us the Xperia Z4v.

So what's the difference between these three, beyond the obvious geographical distinctions. We'll take a quick look after the break.

Spec comparison

Here's the full breakdown of Xperia Z4, Z3+ and Z4v specs:

Category Xperia Z4 Xperia Z3+ Xperia Z4v
Dimensions "About" 146mm × 72mm × 6.9mm 146.3 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm 144.4 x 72.3 x 8.6mm
Weight 144 grams 144 grams 160 grams
Battery capacity 2930mAh 2930mAh 3000mAh
Display 5.2-inch Triluminos Display for Mobile at 1920x1080 5.2" 1080p FHD (1920x1080), IPS display
sRGB130% TRILUMINOS 700cd brightness
X-Reality for mobile
5.2-inch IPS, WQHD (2560x1440), sRGB 130& TRILUMINOS
Memory 32GB / 3GB 32GB / 3GB 32GB / 3GB
SD Memory Slot microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (maximum 128GB) microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (maximum 128GB) microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (maximum 128GB)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Main Camera 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS
Front Camera 5.1-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video recording Main camera: 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps Front camera: 1080p Main camera: 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps Front camera: 1080p Main camera: 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps Front camera: 1080p
Flash Main camera only Main camera only Main camera only
Waterproof/Dustproof IP65 and IP68 IP65 and IP68 IP65 and IP68
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wifi IEEE802.11a / b / g / n (2.4GHz / 5GHz) / ac compliant, MIMO support IEEE802.11a / b / g / n (2.4GHz / 5GHz) / ac compliant, MIMO support IEEE802.11a / b / g / n (2.4GHz / 5GHz) / ac compliant, MIMO support
Colors White, Black, Copper, Aqua Green White, Black, Copper, Aqua Green Black, White
Wireless Charging No No Qi + PowerMat supported
Sold In Japan Europe U.S. (Verizon Wireless)

The bottom line

  • The Xperia Z4 and Z3+ are basically the same phone. There's some discrepancy in the reported physical size, but that's likely because Sony Mobile Japan is rounding up (or down) in its spec listings.
  • The Xperia Z4v is thicker and heavier than its international cousins.
  • That's because it has a slightly bigger battery — 3,000mAh versus 2,930mAh — and wireless charging support.
  • Verizon's Z4v also ups the screen resolution to Quad HD (2560x1440) compared to Full HD (1920x1080) in the Z4 and Z3+. The screen size is the same across all three, at 5.2 inches.
  • The Z4v misses out on the "copper" and "aqua green" color variants of the global Sony flagships.
  • The Z4v also seems to use a different frame design — there appears to be more plastic in the join between body and screen compared to the metal trim of the Z3+ and Z4.

Stay tuned for full reviews of Sony's new flagship phones in both Europe and the U.S.