Consumers in the United States have typically been unable to purchase Sony smartphones if their carrier is Verizon. The carrier's lineup has been devoid of any Xperia offerings for quite some time. One exception was the Xperia Play which launched exclusively on Verizon in the United States 3 years ago. Since then we haven't seen much in the way of collaboration between the two companies beyond a few tablet launches. That ends today with the launch of the Sony Xperia Z3v on Verizon.

At its core, the Z3v is the same as the Xperia Z3 that Sony unveiled earlier this year at IFA. It's Sony's flagship smartphone, with a 5.2" 1920x1080 IPS display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of NAND with 128GB MicroSDXC expansion, a 20.7MP camera, and Qualcomm's MSM8974AC with 4 Krait 400 cores at 2.5GHz.

There are a few changes with the Verizon exclusive Z3v. The design of the chassis has some alterations. The sides of the phone in particular are flatter than the international Z3, and because of this the Z3v looks more visually similar to the Xperia Z2 than the Z3. The phone also has a couple of improvements over the Z3. The first is the addition of Qi inductive charging, and the other is a small boost in battery capacity from 11.78Whr to 12.16Whr. 

The Z3v will be launching on October 23 for $199 on a 2 year term. Users who are interested in more information can check out Verizon's sign up page for the new device.

Source: Sony via The Verge

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  • ForeverStudent - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    FINALLY. Now please tell me that a Z3v Compact is next. As far as I can tell, Sony is the only company to offer full strength mini versions of their flagships. Unless the rumored Moto Droid Mini really is a shrunken twin of the powerhouse Droid Turbo that should be announced any day now.... In either case, just bring me a power house in the 4.5-4.9" screen segment.
  • wurizen - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    Ugh! Can Verizon do that? Can they just plaster their ugly logo on the phone on both sides? Is that legal?
  • Coup27 - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    Yeah, horrible isn't it.
  • kyuu - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    It's legal, but it shouldn't be.
  • wurizen - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    two logos on the front and the back just to make sure that people will see you are sporting America's number whatever network. it's like capital-nazism.
  • wurizen - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    one more analogy. democratic-dictatorism.


    check, check.

  • mkozakewich - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    Could we stop putting the wrong maximum numbers on the MicroSD info? The maximum for SDXC is 2 TB, according to the spec, and I think there are 256GB cards out right now. It's probably best to just say it has MicroSDXC and leave it at that.
  • Coup27 - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - link

    SDXC may support up to 2TB but Sony are only supporting to SDXC up to 128GB.

    Official source:
  • AnnonymousCoward - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    I want a Z3 Compact on AT&T.
  • Valantar - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - link

    Does this mean that a Sony Mobile flagship might finally be reviewed by Anandtech? I certainly hope so!

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