Sony’s flagship Android lineup is a really confusing mess right now. Their last 3 phones have looked almost entirely identical, with little to no design improvements to speak of. If people were mad at HTC about iterating and not innovating, where is the same outrage towards Sony? My guess is that people just don’t care about Sony’s Mobile division anymore, which is even worse for them. The Z4v is styled after the Japanese-exclusive Xperia Z4, with similar specs AND a giant Verizon logo plastered on the front of the phone of course!
The phone features a 5.2-inch display (2560×1440) with Sony’s Triluminous display technology. It will run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. The phone will come in only a 32GB storage variant, but does have a microSD slot for expandability. In addition to the respectable list of specs, the phone is also IP65 and IP68 dust and water resistant. The phone features the latest charging tech, with Qi wireless charging and Qualcomm 2.0 fast charge enable out of the box. The battery checks in at 3,000 mAh, so it will be interesting to see how it compares in battery life to phones like the Galaxy S6 and LG G4. Perhaps the best news about the Z4v is that the charging port no longer has a flap on top of it, this is always annoying when inserting the cable to charge your phone.
Sony has always been good when it comes to camera sensors, and the Z4v will feature the familiar 20.7 MP rear shooter, with an increased ISO. The phone also has a 5 MP front-facing camera for selfie-tastic enjoyment! Verizon has not released pricing, but the phone should be available in Q3 in black and white variants. I don’t really have any issue with the phone in terms of specs (although it will be interesting to see how the Snapdragon 810 performs), but where is all the anger directed at Sony? The phone looks exactly the same as the past TWO iterates. I can actually hear HTC saying, “MOAR RAGE, give Sony all the rage!”
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