News by Luke Jones on Thursday October 09, 2014.
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Sony has unveiled a new variant of its Xperia Z3 flagship device for the US market today in the form of the Xperia Z3v. The v in the name means Verizon as this is the Japanese company's Verizon version of the Z3, complete with a few minor changes.Taking a quick glance at the Xperia Z3v will tell you that for all intents and purposes it is the same handset as the normal Z3. That's because it is, no matter how Sony tries to sex it up by saying this is "how a premium smartphone should look and feel" while touting the device's "aluminum sides and conveniently placed power button" along with its "tempered glass panels" on the front and back of the device that offer "the highest level of waterproofing in a smartphone." There are some subtle design changes and this looks a mix between the Z3 and Z2, and there also seems to be metal along the edges. However, running a magnifying glass over the aesthetics is one thing and accepting this is just a Z3 in a slightly different dress is another. This just being a Verizon branded Xperia Z3 is not a bad thing though as Sony's latest flagship is one of the most complete smartphones available, a tour de force in almost every respect. Spec wise, there is nothing new here, with the Z3v getting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM, Sony's quality 20.7 megapixel camera with Exxmor sensor and extra-high ISO 12,800 light sensitivity (the most on any smartphone Sony says). Sony's DSEE HX audio tech is also present, allowing for better quality of sound playback, while an updated Walkman app is on the way. On board the device will run Android 4.4 KitKat and will have 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot available. The Z3v comes with a Qi wireless charging station that would usually cost $60, something the normal Xperia Z3 does not get. I have already seen some people despairing because Sony has gone after carrier exclusivity with this device, something that is almost a death bell for a smartphone. However, the company is rolling out the Xperia Z3 proper to other carriers, with T-Mobile already confirmed and more likely to follow. This is the most aggressive Sony has ever been with its smartphones in the US market, rolling it out devices quickly whereas the company usually takes months. The Xperia Z3 in any guise is certainly good enough to be a hit, so perhaps Sony has just given it a good chance by launching it quickly. As for the Xperia Z3v, that is available via Big Red for $199.99 with a two year service contract.
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