Advanced LTE Sony Xperia Z2 coming to Verizon next quarter

Sony is reported to be developing a special edition of their Xperia Z2 smartphone with support for the new LTE-Advanced standard for Verizon customers. Currently no US networks sell the device themselves and Sony have previously said the handset will be available only from the Sony online store in unlocked-form, starting this summer.

Noted tipster evleaks revealed yesterday that a version of the Z2 is now going through certification and testing processes for the US market. He says that it will be ready during the middle of the next quarter.

The "very specific variant" will be capable of using mobile internet to the fullest, with its LTE-Advanced 4G radio that allows for theoretical transfer speeds of 1000Mb/s. It should certainly eliminate loading screens and buffering icons from areas with 4G coverage.

It looks as though Verizon users do not have much longer to wait to get their hands on an Xperia Z2. As certification and testing does not usually take long, the leaked release date of next quarter seems to be feasible for the Z2 finally making its way across the Atlantic to US networks.

Source: evleaks | Image via Sony

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Doesn't everything based off of a Snapdragon 800 with LTE already support LTE-Advanced? I remember back when the Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced there were Snapdragon 800 variants for Korea and International that supported LTE-Advanced. I assumed that it was built into the wireless capabilities provided by the Snapdragon 800 SoC but perhaps Samsung added another chip for this support? If it IS built into the Snapdragon 800 series SoC then the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, and the existing Xperia Z2's should all have the necessary hardware to support it already as well would they not?

There are different versions of the Snapdragon 800 chip, there's 800, 801, 805, 808 and 810.

Some of them only support the basic LTE, the newer ones support LTE-A / cat6-7. The S5, that is currently sold, is built on the 801 chip which doesn't support LTE-A. However they are going to release one in Korea that's built on the 805 chip which does support it.

-Razorfold said,
There are different versions of the Snapdragon 800 chip, there's 800, 801, 805, 808 and 810.

There are multiple versions of the 800 specifically (excluding the 801, 805, 808, and 810)... I don't even think the 805, 808, or 810 are out yet in any consumer products though I haven't been keeping that close of track. Within the 800 model number though there is:
8074-AA
8274-AA
8674-AA
8974-AA
The first three don't have LTE support at all (nor does the 805 I believe). That's why my post said "Snapdragon 800 WITH LTE", so I was referring specifically to the 8974-AA which I believe is the one variation that DOES have LTE support and according to Wikipedia is the chip that is used in the LTE Advanced capable version of the Galaxy S4. It is also used in a ton of other devices from other companies though including the LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, Asus PadFone Infinity, Acer Liquid S2, Nokia Lumia 1520, etc. So if LTE-Advanced support were part of the SoC and not extra hardware Samsung added then one would think all of these devices would also have hardware support for LTE-Advanced if only they had a network and firmware that supported it.
-Razorfold said,

Some of them only support the basic LTE, the newer ones support LTE-A / cat6-7. The S5, that is currently sold, is built on the 801 chip which doesn't support LTE-A. However they are going to release one in Korea that's built on the 805 chip which does support it.

So either Samsung added hardware to the 8974-AA in the Galaxy S4 LTE or the newer 801's 8974-AB (used by the HTC One M8 (International) and Xperia Z2) have worse LTE radios then their predecessor? I can't imagine Qualcomm is making a new SoC just for Sony so maybe the newer still 8974-AC (Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 (Asia)) adds back the LTE-Advanced radio?

theoretical transfer speeds of 1000Mb/s.

The magic word here is "THEORETICAL".

Meanwhile, in real world, even REAL 50 Mbps is rare, let alone 100 Mbps+. Even then, call yourself lucky if you have coverage for that speed on more than 20-30% of your location area.