Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, is headed to the US as an exclusive through Verizon Wireless. The Z3v, as it’s being called stateside, is by and large the same phone you’ve seen in press shots, unboxings and reviews albeit with a few subtle – yet noteworthy – changes.
For starters, the Z3v will feature built-in Qi wireless charging. It’s an addition that’ll make the handset a tiny bit thicker although I’d be willing to bet that it’s a tradeoff most would be alright with. And speaking of charging, the battery is also slightly larger at 3200mAh versus the 3100mAh pack found in the European version.
Another notable difference in the US version is the inclusion of Remote Play capabilities. PlayStation 4 owners can stream gameplay to the Z3v and control it with the PS4’s Dual-Shock controller so long as they are both on the same Wi-Fi network. Think of it as Sony’s version of Nvidia’s Shield.
Aesthetically speaking, the Z3v looks slightly different as it loses the rounded, metal sides in favor of plastic with an aluminum accent strip down the middle. It’s more akin to the older Z2 than the newer model.
Under the hood is the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM. The Z3v ships with 32GB of storage, double the amount found on the regular Z3. It also includes the same 5.2-inch, 1080p display, 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor and waterproofing treatment.
The Xperia Z3v will debut with Verizon on October 23 priced at $199 with a two year contract.