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Sony Xperia Z4v: A step forward, but at the price of localization

The recent weeks have been a series of new product releases for Sony. First, the Xperia Z4 got its wide-accepted introduction to consumers in Japan. There was also the global Xperia Z3+ release, stirring discussions among casual users and industry experts.

This week’s Tuesday continued the trend with another launch: that of Sony Xperia Z4v, a Verizon-exclusive version of the handset. In other words, another regionally focused Sony smartphone that will be available to US consumers this summer via the website of mobile carrier Verizon.

The Xperia Z4v doesn’t surprise too much, but makes a step forward while retaining a list of attractive specifications and features. Sony’s greatest source of pride here is the 5.2-inch QHD triluminos display, powered by X-Reality. Z4v’s display features an inspiring resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, building on full-HD and taking it further.

Xperia Z3+ and Z4 both do well in the domain of display quality, but they are no match for Sony’s newest handset. Rather, Z4v enters the competition of devices already utilizing the QHD resolution display such as HTC One M9+, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Gionee Elife E8 among others.

Verizon’s special smartphone edition runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (quad-core 1.5GHz and another quad-core of 2GHz) which allows for 4K video recording. In terms of RAM, we’re looking at a whole 3GB of memory. The Sony Xperia Z4v features another consumer-friendly bonus: the Qualcomm 2.0 quick charging which starkly reduces the dreaded wait to have your smartphone up and running.

Looking at what matters for many casual consumers – the camera, the Z4v does reasonably well. The device has a 5-megapixel front camera (the previous Z3v series had a mere 2.2) and a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with built-in autofocus. Safe from storage issues that can be found in other Sony products the Xperia Z4v prides itself with 32GB of storage. Xperia users can then expand it further with microSD cards up to 128GB.

Of course, Xperia Z4v keeps Sony’s truly trademark feature: water-resistance (the device can be immersed in water as deep as 1.5m and hold for up to 30 minutes there). Xperia Z4v is also dust-proof, another take at precaution employed by Sony to guarantee maximum security in various environmental conditions. We have yet to see another manufacturer to deliver this kind of comfort to its customers, even in the mid-2015.

Xperia Z4v’s hazard move is obvious – it’s an exclusive version and this limits the target audience greatly. Sticking to a single carrier might be a strange move to some. Sony have surely given enough thought to the issue beforehand, but consumer’s reception has been mixed. Critics also mention the lack of innovation in terms of smartphone design and the fact that Snapdragon 810 is rather controversial when it comes to Qualcomm processors.

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