Sony didn’t make any mention of a US launch for the Xperia Z4 when it announced the device earlier this year, but it turns out that the Z4 is indeed headed stateside as the Xperia Z4v.
The Sony Xperia Z4v will launch at Verizon this summer as the follow-up to 2014’s Xperia Z3v. And while the Xperia Z4v is largely similar to the international Xperia Z4 that was announced in April, there is one notable difference that’s likely to get folks interested in the Verizon-flavored device. The Z4v has a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 display, which is a higher resolution than the Z4’s 5.2-inch 1920x1080 display.
As with many other flagship Xperia phones, Sony packed a lot of camera features into the Xperia Z4v. The phone’s got a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with 4k video capture, a 25mm wide angle lens, and a new SteadyShot feature for image stabilization. Some other Z4v camera features include a bevy of photo modes like Superior Auto and Gourmet Mode, the latter of which promises to make your food photos drool-worthy, as well as Smart Social camera apps like Style Portrait, which can detect your face and beautify it up by doing things like adding lipstick. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z4v’s front camera is a 5-megapixel shooter with SteadyShot and a 25mm wide angle lens.
Another feature of the Xperia Z4v that Sony’s spent a lot of time on is audio. The Xperia Z4v includes support for high-res audio as well as ClearAudio+, which is a software feature that’ll detect the music that you’re playing and apply a sound field to offer a better listening experience. Also included with the Z4v is Automatic Headset Optimization, a feature that Sony says can detect the type of headphones that you’re using and compensate for any flaws that it might have.
Rounding out the Xperia Z4v’s spec list is the usual set of features that you’d expect from a flagship Android phone in mid-2015. That includes an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, a notification light, NFC, and both LTE Cat.6 and Wi-Fi MIMO for fast wireless speeds. Powering the Xperia Z4v is a 3000mAh battery that’s slightly larger than the Z4’s 2930mAh juice pack. The Xperia Z4v also includes Quick Charge 2.0, support for both Qi and PMA wireless charging, Battery Stamina Mode that extends battery life by disabling apps when your screen is off (though you can turn on select apps if you’d like), and Ultra Stamina Mode that’ll disable all features expect for calls and texts to really make your battery last.
All of those features are wrapped inside a body thats IP65/68-rated for resistance to dust and water. Sony points out that it’s also included a capless microUSD port on the bottom of the Xperia Z4v, which means that you don’t have to fumble with a port cover whenever you want to charge your phone with a microUSB cable. The Z4v’s microSD slot and SIM slot both live under a cap on the side of the phone, but you shouldn’t have to access those slots very often.
The Xperia Z4v will launch at Verizon this summer with Android 5.0.2 and Sony’s custom user interface. Sony caught some flak when it announced the Xperia Z4 for making a new phone that wasn’t terribly different than the Xperia Z3, and while the Z4v isn’t a radical departure from the Z3v, it does at least feature the notable upgrade of a 2560x1440 display. It’s also good to see the Xperia Z4v coming to Verizon one year after the Z3v launched, because there was a bit of a Sony drought on Verizon before the Z3v’s arrival.
What do you think of the Xperia Z4v? Are its high-res display, camera and audio features, and updated design enough to make you pull the trigger?
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 ideal for PlayStation® Gaming
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 with Sony movies, PlayStation 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 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with X10 LTE and 64-bit octa-core CPU 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. Together with the Snapdragon 810’s Fluence™ technology, 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 which offers re-charging up to 75% faster5, 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 Electronic’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 Incipio®, Tech21, OtterBox®, and Case-Mate available for purchase in-store and online. Verizon customers can sign up online for more information about Xperia Z4v smartphone. For a full list of specifications, visit www.XperiaZ4v.com.
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Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone and tablet portfolio, as well as innovative SmartWear products, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com
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1 Xperia Z4v is waterproof and protected against dust as long as you follow a few simple instructions: all ports and attached covers are firmly closed; you can’t take the phone deeper than 1.5m of water or for longer than 30 minutes; and the water should be fresh water. Casual use in chlorinated pools is permitted provided it’s rinsed in fresh water afterwards. No seawater and no salt water pools. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The phone has an Ingress Protection rating of IP65 and IP68. To see what this means and for more information see http://support.sonymobile.com/global-en/dm/waterproof.
2 Based on Verizon internal tests under average use scenarios
3 Xperia Z4v System, DUALSHOCK®4, Sony Entertainment Network and high speed internet connection required. Some games may not support this feature
4DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller and GCM10 Game Control Mount are sold separately from Xperia Z4v.
5Quick Charge 2.0 charges up to 75% faster, according to Qualcomm internal test done with a 3300 mAh battery (1 Based on internal tests charging a 3300mAh battery using a  QC2.0 USB wall adapter (9V, 2A),  USB wall adapter (5V, 2A), and  USB wall adapter (5V, 1A), respectively. (February 2013).)