Sony’s recent smartphone flagship releases have been the story of one phone with many names. Japan got the Xperia Z4, only for Sony to bizarrely rename the handset the Xperia Z3+ for broader international distribution. But despite the new, confusing name, this was still very much the Z4 from head to toe. As if this story wasn’t already odd enough, now there’s one more new entry that not only picks up yet another name, but tweaks the phone’s hardware in a couple key ways.
Verizon will be the exclusive US home of the new Sony Xperia Z4v. And while this phone is 90% the Xperia Z4, it does differ from its namesake just a bit. There’s the same Snapdragon 810 SoC, same 20.7-megapixel camera, but the phone’s 5.2-inch screen graduates from 1080p to quad HD resolution.
The Z4v is also slightly thicker than the Z4, ballooning from 6.9mm to 8.6mm – there’s a corresponding increase in mass, from 144g to 160g. This makes room for a larger battery, but only very, very slightly at 3000mAh.
Finally, the Z4v adds support for wireless charging, supporting both Qi and PMA protocols. But other than these few changes, this device follows in the footsteps of the Z4 proper.
Verizon will sell the Z4v in both black and white sometime this summer – full pricing and availability details will have to wait.