That changes today with the arrival of the Xperia Z3v, a variant of the Z3, as a Verizon exclusive. The rechristened Xperia Z3v has a tweaked design and a few nice (and not so nice) extra features that the international model doesnt have. The Xperia Z3v goes on sale today for $199.99 with a two-year contract with Verizon.
The Z3v comes with 32GB of internal storage, but there’s a microSD card hidden in the side flap should you want to expand that to 128GB. The Micro USB charging port is also hidden in an unmarked flap. I almost couldn’t find it!
Sony’s Android smartphones are quite popular in Asia and Europe, but they’ve never received any real love in the U.S. Despite the Xperia Z series phones receiving high praise, most carriers didn’t sell them because Sony smartphones lacked cachet with the American public.
That changes today with the arrival of the Xperia Z3v, a variant of the Z3, as a Verizon exclusive. The rechristened Xperia Z3v has a tweaked design and a few nice (and not so nice) extra features that the international model doesn’t have. But is it enough to rumble with this year’s flagships like the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4?
The Z3v has a large 5.2-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display with wide viewing angles. It has tons of computing power thanks to its 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM. And the phone comes standard with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB via the microSD card slot (something you’ll definitely want to do if you plan to shoot lots of 4K video with it). Swiping around is responsive and I didn’t see the phone chug once.
Audiophiles will also like the Z3v’s ability to play high-res audio. The downside is you’ll need high-res headphones to hear the difference. Your $10 earbuds won’t work. What if you don’t have high-res audio to listen to? Sony says the built-in DSEE HX tech upscales regular low-res MP3s and AAC files to sound better. Anyone who uses music streaming services like Spotify or Google Music will gloss right over the high-res audio, though. Read more…