Sony’s Xperia Z2 will be available in the US, but not through carriers

Sony’s latest flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 smartphone and its tablet sibling, have been well received around the globe and they’re finally confirmed for the US. The only downside here is that the new handset will only be available through the company’s online store and it won’t be arriving to carrier.

This also brings up the question of whether the Sony Xperia Z2 will be available with 4G LTE connectivity. There’s no information on what model will make its debut. But judging by the company’s recent strategy, we’re most likely to see HSPA+ and LTE variants go on sale, not at the same time through. Engadget has confirmed that the Xperia Z1 Compact will be a no-show stateside, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet is already up for pre-order for $499.99 and above with carrier models in the pipeline.

Sony Xperia Z2

The Sony Xperia Z2 made its debut at the MWC 2014 and it features a design that’s quite similar to its predecessor’s. The smartphone continues to implement the company’s OmniDesign approach with water and dust resistance. It also features enhanced hardware components. The display has been improved to offer better colors and viewing angles, while the 20.7MP rear G Lens camera now supports 4K video recording.

Here are the specs:

– Platform: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Display: 5.2-inch 1080p panel
– Processor: 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 SOC
– RAM: 3GB
– Storage: 16GB internal, 64GB external
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, HSPA+, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi
– Battery: 3200mAh
– Dimensions: 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 millimeter
– Weight: 163 grams

The Sony Xperia Z2 is expected to reach the US this summer through the company’s online store.