Verizon pulls the plug on Sony’s Xperia Z4v

Unlike its siblings, the Xperia Z4v packs a Quad HD display. Photo: Sony

The Xperia Z4v is dead. Photo: Sony

Verizon has announced that it is pulling the plug on Sony’s Xperia Z4v before the handset even goes on sale. The flagship device, which was announced back in June, was supposed to go on sale this summer but missed its release target.

The Xperia Z4v was essentially the same as the Xperia Z3+ or the Xperia Z4 for Japan, except that it had a sharper Quad HD display that would have surpassed the 1080p resolution of its siblings. It was also powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera.

But for reasons that aren’t totally clear yet, Verizon will no longer be offering the device. The carrier’s decision will be a big blow for Sony, which is desperately trying to build up its smartphone business in the U.S. However, Verizon insists it will support future Sony phones.

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

It’s likely the new Xperia Z5 lineup had something to do with Verizon’s decision not to support the Xperia Z4v at this point, but it hasn’t yet confirmed whether it will offer those devices yet, either.