The Sony Xperia Z3+ might be officially launched in the US at some point later this year, but at this time there is no guarantee that stateside consumers will ever find the device on Sony’s online store and carrier shelves. But for those that are looking to get their hands on the Z3+ can now do so in an unofficial capacity by heading over to Amazon.
A few sellers are now offering an unlocked version of the Xperia Z3+, in both single and dual-SIM variants at a price tag that falls somewhere around $670. Expectedly, this is the GSM variant, meaning it will only work for T-Mobile and AT&T users and won’t be of any use for subscribers of Verizon and Sprint. Also, since these orders aren’t being fulfilled by Sony, there’s a small risk involved as things like warranty won’t be officially covered should you decide to purchase the handset from Amazon.
The Xperia Z3+ is an upgraded version of the original Xperia Z3 and is acting as Sony’s 2015 flagship in all markets outside Japan (the company’s home country is the only place where the phone is sold as the Z4.) It features a 5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos IPS display, a Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor and Bionz processing engine, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s 32GB of expandable internal storage, and a 2930 mAh battery powers all the hardware. On the software front, Android 5.0 Lollipop runs the show with Sony’s proprietary user interface on top.
The phone is affected by the Snapdragon 810’s heating issues, though Sony has already started rolling out an update that puts a clamp on the overheating. But even though the Xperia Z3+ has all the right ingredients for a flagship smartphone, most would be better off opting for the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the LG G4, which can be purchased for around the same price, and also on contract from all major carriers. Both devices feature higher-resolution displays, faster/non-heating processors, and two of the best cameras available in the smartphone industry.