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Sony Xperia Z4v Unveiled: Quad HD Display, Super Strong Battery

Sony has taken the wraps off of its Verizon-exclusive Xperia Z4v, which retains its predecessor's slick, waterproof design while adding more power and an even sharper display. The handset launches later this year for a currently unannounced price.

Available in black or white, the Z4v's attractive rectangular design is mostly unchanged from last year's model. The device is once again IP68 rated for dust and water protection, and can survive a dunking of up to 4.9 feet for 30 minutes. The key difference, however, is that there's no more flap covering the phone's microUSB port, so you can bring it for a swim without worrying about whether or not you covered up the phone's slots. Sony does, however, recommend that you only submerge the phone in fresh water, and that you let the port dry for 30 minutes before using it.

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The Z4v is designed to take brilliant photos, with a 20-megapixel Exmor RS sensor and 25mm wide angle Sony G lens The camera can shoot 4K video, and packs signature Sony tech such as SteadyShot for extra-stable photos and Superior Auto for fast scene detection. The Z4v's camera specs are largely similar to those of its Z3v predecessor, so we're expecting excellent shots once again. 

The Z4v's display has been bumped from full HD to quad HD (2560 x 1440), and sports Sony's Triluminous technology for super-vibrant colors.  The phone is built to please music junkies, with support for high-resolution audio speakers, as well as automatic headset compensation, which allows the phone to adjust itself to your headphones. 

Guts-wise, the Z4v is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage that you can expand via microSD. The phone's 3,000-mAh battery is complemented by a Stamina mode, which turns off everything except basic functions (such as calls and texts) when the device is low on juice. 

We've yet to get our hands on the Z4v, but the phone is shaping up to be a strong follow-up to an already excellent flagship. Stay tuned for our full review.

Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico. Follow us@TomsGuide, onFacebook and onGoogle+.