Sony flagship finds US home with Verizon – Mobile World Live

Sony flagship finds US home with Verizon

17 JUN 2015

Struggling smartphone maker Sony picked up support from US number one operator Verizon Wireless, which is set to offer a version of the vendor’s Z4 smartphone – albeit with a slightly different specification from its other incarnations.

In Verizon guise, the device has picked up a 5.2-inch 2K (2560×1440 pixel) screen, compared with standard HD (1920×1080 pixel) elsewhere. It is also slightly thicker and heavier, with a beefier battery and wireless charging support.

While Sony has showcased Z4 for the Japanese market, elsewhere it is being launched as Z3+, reflecting the fact that the feature set is an incremental improvement over Z3, rather than a step-change.

The device is being offered by Verizon as a US exclusive. The company recently said that as part of an effort to boost its profitability, efforts in this market would be focused on a small number of operators and premium devices, which the latest announcement seems to reflect.

In a statement, Jeff Dietel, VP of marketing for Verizon Wireless, said: “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.”

The device will be available “this summer” in white or black – losing some of the colour options available in the international variants. Pricing details were not revealed.

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