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Is Verizon Releasing Sony's Xperia Z2 Smartphone with VoLTE Support?

  By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Sony’s Xperia Z2 has a lot going for it. It’s a waterproof, dust-resistant, Android (News - Alert) operating system-based smartphone that includes an impressive camera and camcorder.

Its megapixel count is 20.7 and it features a sensor that is 30 percent bigger than standard smartphones. It also lets users record in 4K resolution video. Camera features include SteadyShot image stabilization if the user is walking while capturing images.

The Xperia Z2 was launched in Europe and some other regions in April, but it has yet to be offered in the United States. That may soon change, with a flurry of speculation that the Xperia Z2 will be available from Verizon or may be offered from the Sony online store. But that is not all.

In a recent report, @evleaks said Verizon may be offering a version of the Xperia Z2 “with an updated modem that supports LTE-Advanced and quite possibly also supporting the VoLTE standard,” Android Headlines recounted.

It further revealed that after tests and checks, the Verizon Xperia Z2 could “launch around the middle of the next quarter, so keep your eyes peeled from August onwards.”

Additionally, it was reported by Tech Times how Sony put up an image of the Xperia Z2, with Verizon branding, on a company Facebook (News - Alert) page for Indonesia. It was soon removed.

This would be newsworthy, too, because Verizon has shied away from Sony phone products in the past. On the other hand, both T-Mobile and AT&T (News - Alert) have offered at least one Sony smartphone.

As of now, current features on the Xperia Z2 are a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 full HD LCD Triluminos display. It features, too, Android 4.4 KitKat, and has a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3 GB of RAM (News - Alert). The 20.7-megapixel rear camera, by using Sony's G Lens and Bionz processor, lets the “smartphone … replace your point-and-shoot,” Tech Times advises.

The price of a possible Verizon/Sony Xperia Z2 will be similar to the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and iPhone 5s, Tech Times speculated in its report.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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