• The Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone, available through Verizon, with an optional accessory to charge the phone wirelessly, is presented during a media event in New York on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The Verizon phone comes out Oct. 23, just a month after Apple released larger-screen iPhones and a week after the Oct. 17 release of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 phone.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    The Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone, available through Verizon, with an optional accessory to charge the phone wirelessly, is presented during a media event in New York on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The Verizon phone comes out Oct. 23, just a month after ... Apple released larger-screen iPhones and a week after the Oct. 17 release of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 phone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

  • The Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone, available through Verizon, is connected to a Sony PS4 Remote Play during a demonstration at a media event in New York, Thursday Oct. 9, 2014. The Verizon phone comes out Oct. 23, just a month after Apple released larger-screen iPhones and a week after the Oct. 17 release of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 phone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    The Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone, available through Verizon, is connected to a Sony PS4 Remote Play during a demonstration at a media event in New York, Thursday Oct. 9, 2014. The Verizon phone comes out Oct. 23, just a month after Apple released ... larger-screen iPhones and a week after the Oct. 17 release of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 phone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

Sony hopes to break through in US with smartphone that isn't months late

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A new version of Sony's Xperia Z3 smartphone will soon be available through Verizon, the nation's largest wireless carrier. It joins a model coming to T-Mobile. The phones are hitting U.S. stores on the heels of their unveiling last month at a trade show in Berlin, as Sony ramps up efforts to expand its tiny market share by getting to the American market faster.

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Its Xperia Z1 phone took months to arrive, by which time it felt old. Sony never found a U.S. wireless carrier for the Z2 this spring.

Both Z3 versions have screens measuring 5.2 inches diagonally and allow people to play Sony PlayStation 4 games through the phone while on the porch or in another room from the TV.

The Verizon phone comes out Oct. 23, just a month after Apple's larger-screen iPhones and a week after the Oct. 17 release of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 phone.