Back around the start of the month our attention was called to a very unexpected image, as Sony published a picture that appeared to be its flagship Xperia Z2 adorned with a Verizon logo. Considering how Sony’s generally taking an arm’s length approach to the US smartphone market, a Verizon partnership sounded quite odd, and it wasn’t long before Sony was denouncing the pic as a mistakenly posted “mock-up image.” Why was it even created in the first place, though? Today the mystery deepens as a second Verizon Z2 shot turns up.
This time the pic stems from Sony’s South Korean site, and despite being on the wrong side of the globe for it, there’s that unmistakable Verizon logo around back. The company has already replaced the image with one that removes the Verizon logo in favor of a Sony, one, but not before the pic was saved for posterity. What’s really interesting is that these two pics aren’t Photoshopped versions of the same shot, but appear to be two separate stills from the same photo session.
What’s the saying, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me?” We’re willing to buy Sony’s assertion that the only official plans for US sales of the Z2 (unless you go with an importer) will be the unlocked GSM handset. But there really does seem to be a big chunk of the story we’re not getting here; you don’t just create art resources on a whim, so we wonder if at some point there was still talk of a concerted US Z2 effort, carrier support and all. We may never get to the bottom of things, but darn it if this isn’t one weirdly fascinating detour.