Verizon bags Sony Xperia Z3v exclusive

The Xperia Z3v is essentially a regular Z3 with some Verizon logos. Photo: Sony

The Xperia Z3v is essentially a regular Z3 with some Verizon logos. Photo: Sony

Sony has teamed up with Verizon to launch a slightly customized version of the flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone. It’s called the Xperia Z3v, and aside from the Verizon logos emblazoned on its back and front, it’s essentially the same device that Sony announced at IFA 2014 in Berlin back in September.

While Sony’s flagship Xperias are fully equipped to compete with rivals from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG, they have long been struggling to make any kind of a dent in the U.S. smartphone market. The Japanese company will be hoping that partnering with the country’s biggest carrier to launch an exclusive device will change that.

“Our industry-leading 4G LTE network is what our customers have come to rely on when they want to experience first-class products and unique experiences on their mobile devices,” said Jeff Dietel, Verizon Wireless Vice President of Marketing, in a press release issued on Thursday.

“The opportunity for Verizon customers to connect with Sony’s broad ecosystem of mobility products – including the Z2 Tablet and the new Z3v smartphone – backed by unparalleled content, is exactly what we want to bring to market.”

There isn’t too much that’s exclusive with the Xperia Z3v, though. It looks exactly the same as the original Xperia Z3, and it’s packing all of the same internal components. That includes a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, and Sony’s impressive 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera.

The Xperia Z3v also boasts Remote Play functionality, allowing users to pair their device with they PlayStation 4 and a DualShock controller and play their favorite games away from the TV.

You’ll be able to pick up the Xperia Z3v on Verizon Wireless in stores and online beginning October 23. The device will cost $199.99 on a two-year contract, and for a limited time, those buying an Xperia Z3v can also get the Xperia Z2 Tablet with a $200 reduction.