One of the first major smartphone launches of the year took place several weeks ago, with the announcement of the Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. This follows months of speculation and excitement about the latest flagship device from the Japanese manufacturer.
The device has very impressive features such as a 1080p resolution within its 5-inch display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Android Jellybean operating system and a 13 megapixel camera. The IP55 and IP57 certifications of the phone mean it is both dustproof and water-resistant. Sony claims that the handset can be submerged in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes without sustaining any damage.
Following an announcement from the Sony Mobile Germany Facebook page, the handset has now been available since February 21st, but an article at GSM Arena states that the device has been available to French consumers for a number of days. Sony’s online shop is currently selling the phone in France but early stocks of the black and white versions of the handset have reportedly already sold out. At €649 for the SIM free handset it is not cheap, but understandable given the high end nature of its features. France only became the second country to get the Xperia Z after Japan where the phone ha salso been very popular. Visit PhonesLimited for the best Sony Xperia Z pre-order deals, and compare Sony Xperia T offers.
Every major network in the UK will carry the Sony Xperia Z, as it nears its launch. However, only O2 will be offering the purple variant, alongside other the black and the white versions.
Will you get the Xperia Z when it is launched in the UK? Or are you planning to get another device like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One or the Nokia Lumia 920? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts.