The Sony Xperia Z4v is on its way to a Verizon shelf near you. The company’s newest smartphone will be on Big Red this summer, joining a crowded lineup of competitors.
Sony offers a few differentiators that will it hopes will set this device apart from others. One is PS4 Remote Play, which allows you to play PS4 games on the phone with a Dualshock controller. To make the magic happen you need to be connected to your PlayStation 4 over a Wi-Fi network.
As for mainstream features; the device offers 4K video recording capabilities, includes the Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor (which has battled rumors of overheating), 32GB of storage with up to 128GB with an SD card, and a 5.2-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Sony advertises this as WQHD, which is four times the resolution of HD on a widescreen display.
On the photography front, the Z4v has a 20.7 MP rear camera and 5 MP front shooter. The Xperia Z4v is also waterproof and has tempered glass panels, though there’s no indication how long it could survive a dive underwater.
Why this matters: Sony has struggled to get a solid foot in the door of the U.S. smartphone market. The company has usually built attractive devices, but for some reason the marketing efforts haven’t connected. The Z4 isn’t a new device, but adding a Verizon variant will open up a bigger pool of potential buyers.