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Xperia Z3v Hands-On: Verizon Finally Gets a Sony Flagship Phone

by Jacob Kleinman | October 9, 2014October 9, 2014 2:00 pm PDT

Sony is finally bringing a flagship smartphone to Verizon with the Xperia Z3v, but how does the new device measure up? We got a chance to try out the Z3v for ourselves and came away impressed with the phone’s design and software.

So what exactly is the Xperia Z3v? Despite its name the new device actually looks more like the outdated Z2 than the more recent Z3, though under the hood Verizon’s new phone offers all the latest hardware.

The Japanese giant has offered up some truly remarkable smartphones and tablets in the past few years and the Xperia Z3v doesn’t disappoint. The design is sleek, if a bit bulky compared to the Z3, and the software is fast and fluid thanks to a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processors and 3GB of RAM. It also packs a 3200mAh battery with built-in Qi wireless charging and an “ultra power saving mode” that promises to get you through the day.

The Z3v runs Android 4.4.4 with Sony’s Xperia launcher on top. Of course you can download your own launcher if you prefer, but Sony’s is pretty unobtrusive. The company also added some extra software and apps, which let you take advantage of everything Sony has to offer including streaming games from your PS4. Finally there’s that 20.7-megapixel camera that shoots 4K video and is capable of syncing up with other Xperia phones to film multi-camera videos.

Overall it’s a pretty solid phone, at least based on our first impressions. If you’re a fan of Sony smartphones and a Verizon customer you can pick up the Xperia Z3v on Oct. 23 for $199.99 on-contract. Until then check out our full gallery of photos.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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