A little under four months ago, Verizon shared word that it would soon start selling a new Sony smartphone – one you couldn’t find anywhere else. The Xperia Z4v was to take the spring’s Xperia Z4 flagship and upgrade it with a quad HD display (as well as a slightly larger battery). It sounded pretty good, and we looked forward to seeing sales begin sometime later in the summer. Except as the weeks turned months, the Xperia Z4v never seemed to emerge, and rumors of release dates came and went without the phone ever actually arriving. Last week we saw some motion over on Sony’s site, causing us to wonder once again what was the ultimate strategy for this handset’s release; we even reached out to Verizon hoping to learn what was up, but never heard back. Thankfully, answers have finally arrived, as Verizon confirms that the Xperia Z4v is dead in the water.
Today Verizon unceremoniously posted an updated to its original Xperia Z4v announcement, admitting what many of you likely suspected:
Verizon will no longer be launching Xperia Z4v, however we are committed to supporting Sony Mobile’s product portfolio and will support existing products. Sony is a strategic partner as we continue having ongoing discussions together as part of our future portfolio.
That’s a little unsatisfying for Verizon users who were looking forward to a Sony option, as the carrier does not currently sell any smartphones from the manufacturer. At the least, Verizon could have offered something along the lines of “the Xperia Z4v may not be happening, but at least you can look forward to the Xperia Z5/Compact/Premium…” but we get nothing so specific. That’s not saying Verizon won’t end up offering any of those phones (or carrier-specific versions of them), but if it will, we’re not getting confirmation today. And considering the slapdash nature of this aborted Xperia Z4v launch, we wouldn’t place any bets.