Just a few weeks ago, Verizon and Sony got together to announce the Xperia Z4v, which is the second Sony smartphone to launch on Verizon, unless you count the Xperia Play (there's a good throwback Thursday). Last year, Sony launched the Xperia Z3v with Verizon, and it wasn't quite an Xperia Z3 nor was it an Xperia Z2. Verizon basically had Sony mash those two smartphones together to make the Xperia Z3v, and included Qi Wireless charging. This year they have done something rather similar. The Xperia Z4v looks nothing like the Xperia Z4 or Z3+. It's a bit bulkier, but there have been some improvements made. We now have a QHD display from Sony on this device, there is Qi Wireless charging, and that's about it from a feature standpoint. The rest is the same.
We're hearing now that Verizon is set to release the Xperia Z4v on August 13th. Remember that this is just a rumor, and should be taken with a grain of salt. We often see Verizon pushing back or changing launch dates as well. So we could see the Xperia Z4v launching later in August or even in September. Hopefully it's not too far away, especially seeing as we are already hearing about rumors of the Xperia Z5 being announced at IFA in Berlin in September. Although it's normal for Sony, it does hurt their sales numbers, unfortunately.
As far as specs go, we're looking at a 5.2-inch 2560×1440 resolution IPS display on the Xperia Z4v, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, this is the v2.1 that everyone's talking about. Paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery. So the battery is also slightly larger on the Xperia Z4v, but with all the extra pixels, it may not make a huge difference, in fact battery life might still be worse than on the Xperia Z4 or Xperia Z3+. Which is a bit sad as that's been one of Sony's selling points on their more recent flagships. The Xperia Z4v will be waterproof, like the previous Sony flagships. Always a plus.
Update: Sony has reached out to us to inform us that the graphic stating the Xperia Z4v would be available on August 13th is incorrect. There is no concrete date just yet, but we'll keep everyone up to date as to when it is available.