The price and release date for the Sony Xperia Z for the UK have already popped up through various portals. This comes fresh on the heels of the official launch of Sony’s much talked about pair of smartphones at the CES 2013.
So far, O2, Three and Vodafone are the carriers who have committed to bringing on board the Xperia Z. Apart from this, retailers like Clove, Phones 4u and Expansys have put up the phone for pre-order. In fact, Expansys has also hoisted a pre-booking page for the ZL variant of the device. Interested buyers will have the option of picking up either handset without a contract. But we can’t confirm if both will be available to those who prefer hanging on to a network operator for the sake of subsidies or whatever other reason.
The Jelly Bean smartphone is due to make an appearance in purple, white and black shades; but only the last mentioned hue is being offered up for pre-order presently. Though the Z and ZL are essentially of the same sort when it comes to specifications, the latter sports a shorter form factor and its front-facing camera can be espied on the lower right hand side of the bezel.
The duo from Sony had sashayed in and out of the spotlight a couple of times before the Japanese company voluntarily drew them out of hiding. One went by the nickname Yuga, while the other took a fancy to the Odin moniker. Some of the specs including the ones about each sporting a 5-inch screen of 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera turned out to be true. We’re glad the speculations are done with, at any rate.
The cost of the 16GB Sony Xperia Z through Clove UK is £440 before VAT and £528 after. The tag we’ve mentioned is for the contract free device. The launch date has been marked as March 1, this piece of information having received the nod from Phones 4u too. As of now, there’s no word on when the phone or its sibling is likely to hit other markets across the world.
Here’s a list of the smartphone’s main specifications:
Display: 5″, 1920 x 1080p, capacitive touchscreen
Visuals: Powered by Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2
Platform: Android 4.1
Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad core chip
Memory: Up to 16GB onboard, expandable to 32GB
Camera: 13.1MP main, 2.2MP front
Connectivity: LTE, aGPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS, Wi-Fi and more
Dimensions: 139 x 71 x 7.9 millimeters
Weight: 5.15 ounces
Water and Dust resistant
Colors: Purple, white, black