Sony announces Xperia Z4v, a device destined in the United States for Verizon alone. This device is the next in line for Xperia devices after the Xpeira Z3 released in 2014. This device is the direct descendant of the Xperia Z3v, the uniquely Verizon-carried edition of the Z3 in the United States. This device has a 5.2-inch Full WQHD “Triluminos” display – that’s LED with Sony’s “X-Reality” technology, technology they suggest provides a “wider palette of rich, natural colors and enhanced color depth and gradation without risk of over saturation.”
This device has an Ingress Protection rating of IP65 and IP68. That means it’s protected against dust – the strongest protection against dust, in fact. It also has protection against low-pressure water jet spray for at least 3 minutes, and can remain in 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes without damage.
While all ports with caps need to be capped, the USB on this device is able to remain capless, retaining water resistance.
The processor in this device is a Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit SoC. This device has 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for a potential for 128GB of storage more.
Up front you’ve got a 5-megapixel camera while around the back is a 20.7-megapixel camera. The back-facing camera has an Exmore RS image sensor and “high ISO” made for “high-quality photos, even in low lighting.” The front-facing camera has a 25-mm wide-angle lens, and the back is capable of up to 4K video at 30fps and 1080 video at 60fps.
Under the hood you’ll find a 3,000 mAh battery with power efficient software features like STAMINA mode. You’ll be able to charge this device up fast with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Also inside is embedded wireless charging with QI-standard and PMA technology.
Sony employs a so-called Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) in this device. They suggest that this will “increase the sound fidelity of MP3 or AAC music tracks to near High-Resolution quality.”
While we know that you can’t add data to a file without changing it, and you can’t find hidden quality in a low-quality sound file, Sony’s software appears to do some smoothing of the crackly bits. We’ll let you know how this goes when we get the opportunity to listen for ourselves.
Verizon will be releasing this device in Black and White options this Summer. Case-makers like Incipio, Otterbox, Case-Mate, and Tech21 will be releasing cases for this device through Verizon physical locations and online.