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.
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.