Verizon Wireless will shortly launch the Xperia Z3v (D6708), as had previously been rumoured. This makes it Verizon’s first Sony Xperia phone since the Xperia PLAY back in 2011. The Xperia Z3v will be available in black and white colours, online and through retail from 23 October for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon will also stock the Sony SmartWatch 3 later this month for $249.
Earlier in the year we saw plenty of leaked pictures of what looked like an Xperia Z2 carrying a Verizon logo. It looks like these pictures were the real deal, as whilst this phone is called the Xperia Z3v the design is essentially the same as the Xperia Z2.
However, whilst it looks like an Xperia Z2 it comes with a number of upgrades including embedded Qi wireless charging, 32GB internal storage, 2.5GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC chipset) and IP65/IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
The Xperia Z3v will also feature Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) and PlayStation 4 Remote Play (even more evidence that Sony should port this feature to the Xperia Z2 at some point).
Specs that haven’t changed include the Xperia Z2’s 3200 mAh battery (no “two day battery” here as seen on the Xperia Z3), 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP Exmor RS camera with 27mm G Lens (25mm on the Xperia Z3) and 4K video. If you interested in the Xperia Z3v, Verizon has a sign-up page here.