Verizon won’t carry the Sony Xperia Z4v after all

by: Jimmy WestenbergOctober 5, 2015
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Sony Xperia Z4v 2

First announced way back in June 2015, the Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v was perhaps everything the Z4 proper should have been. With its big Quad HD display, big 3000mAh battery and wireless charging capabilities, the Z4v was going to be a pretty attractive addition to Verizon’s lineup. You heard correctly, I said was. That’s because, after four full months of release date rumors and availability speculation, Verizon has finally announced that it no longer has plans to carry the Xperia Z4v.

In an update to its original announcement post, Big Red explained:

Verizon will no longer be launching Xperia Z4v, however we are committed to supporting Sony Mobile’s product portfolio and will support existing products. Sony is a strategic partner as we continue having ongoing discussions together as part of our future portfolio.

This should come as no surprise. Sony has already launched three new flagship smartphones to take the place of the Z4 line. The Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium are really nice, so it makes no sense for Verizon to sell an already-dated smartphone that was announced a mere four months ago.

Sony's most recent flagships

The Z4v was supposed to feature a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, IP65 and IP68 ratings for water and dust protection, a 3000mAh battery and a rear-facing 20.7MP camera.

  • Daggett Beaver

    I guess I’ll have to buy a toaster oven after all.

  • News Reporter

    Sony really likes to screw up everything. In the United States, we still have not heard a peep about the Z5 release date. Only that it was in October and the Premium release in November. So many great mobile phones being released the last few months, Sony will lose customers and probably lose me as well. I’m getting tired of waiting with no end in site.

    • SimSimma52

      Eh at this point I’m waiting for the Z6c which should have the SD820. Holding onto the N5 a little bit longer!

      • neonix

        Same, but holding onto my Z2 for a bit longer :P

        • SimSimma52

          Cool. Did you buy it with an American carrier or straight from Sony with no plan?

          Wondering how a global Z5/6 would do on T-Mobile here in the States.

          • neonix

            Not from a carrier, but not from Sony either. I bought a international version from a reputable seller on eBay. It works flawlessly on T-Mobile US for me. I would expect the newer models to work the same as they support the same bands and more.

    • neonix

      Not a peep? You said yourself, “Only that it was in October and the Premium release in November.”

      That sure sounds like a peep to me!

      But where did you even hear that? As far as I know, they haven’t said anything that even confirms they will release the Z5 line in the US at all…

  • Spruce Cycle

    Verizon wldnt dare NOT to carry the iPhone! Android is expendable.