Sony’s latest flagship smartphone model has finally hit US shores via its online store. The Sony Xperia Z is now available unlocked at the Sony online store with a listed price of $629.99. The variant for sale is the 3G HSPA+ (C6602) model and not the LTE (C6606) model. The LTE model might not be sold through this channel as it is going to be exclusively carried by T-Mobile.
The Sony Xperia Z is not to be confused with the Sony Xperia ZL. While both devices sport the same 5 inch display and other similar feature they differ primarily in the type of material used. The Xperia Z uses a glass material for its back while the Xperia ZL has a plastic chassis.
Sony Xperia Z Technical Specifications
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA
- 5 inch 16M-color 1080p capacitive touchscreen, 441ppi pixel density, Bravia Mobile Engine 2
- Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, HDR
- 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- 2.2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
- IP 57 certification – dust resistant and water resistant
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV out
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- MHL-enabled microUSB port
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone
- Glass front and back panels
Customers who wish to purchase the device have three colors to choose from which are black, white and purple. Shipping is free and you’ll also earn 630 rewards points which you can use towards any other product on the Sony site.
If the $630 price tag is a little bit too high then you might want to wait for this device to be offered by network carriers. The price will be much lower since it will be subsidized but then you’ll be tied down to a two year plan and your device will be locked to the network.
If you are after LTE support then you might want to check out the Sony Xperia ZL which the now has a reduced price of $629.99 down from $759.99.