Sony and Verizon Unveil Gaming Smartphone

On Tuesday, Sony and Verizon announced the addition of a Verizon-exclusive smartphone to the Xperia line: the Xperia Z4v.

Available exclusively from the US carrier starting this summer, the Xperia Z4v is a tweaked version of the company's 2015 flagship. "The premium Android 4G LTE waterproof smartphone is here to give you the freedom to play - delivering unrivaled entertainment experiences and innovative camera technologies along with powerful battery performance," explained Verizon in its announcement. Jeff Dietel, VP of Marketing for Verizon Wireless said, "The Sony Xperia Z4v continues a tradition of high-quality smartphones that have the best of entertainment with Sony movies, PlayStation gaming, and in-demand features like a powerful battery, all on the largest and most reliable 4G LTE network in the United States. This combination of a great network and a great device makes it easy for customers to explore and enjoy what wireless connectivity can bring to them where they live, work and play."

The Verizon-exclusive features a 64 bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 32 GB of in-built storage, PS4 Remote Play, high-resolution audio, a 5.2 inch Full WQHD TRILUMINOS display with Live Color LED powered by X-Reality, and much more. It is unclear if the Xperia Z4v features the problem-ridden first-generation Snapdragon 810 processor, or the improved second-generation 810. Verizon has not announced a release date or pricing for the device at this time, but the Xperia Z4v will be available in black and white models when it hits shelves later this summer. The smartphone is expected to be priced at $199 with contract.

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