UK retailers and networks reveal Sony Xperia Z release date plans
Sony's Xperia Z will arrive in the UK as early as February at Carphone Warehouse
A number of UK retailers and networks have revealed their plans to stock the Sony Xperia Z smartphone.
Phones4U has announced it will have the phone available to buy in stores from the beginning of March, while Carphone Warehouse claims it will stock the handset from around the middle of February with pre-orders starting from earlier in the month.
It isn’t clear whether both distributors are talking exclusively about SIM-free options, or if contracts through UK networks are included in the claims. So far UK networks Vodafone and Three have both announced intentions to carry the Xperia Z which will likely mean pay monthly contract deals.
The Xperia Z is Sony’s new flagship and features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD card support and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera.
It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s new interface layered on top while both the front and back of the device are clad in extra-tough Dragontrail glass (six times stronger than Gorilla Glass).
The display is a 5-inch LCD with a 1920x1080 pixel HD resolution at 443 pixels-per-inch with the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and OptiContrast screen tech.
There's no word on pricing from the aformentioned networks but a leak in Thailand suggests the Xperia Z could cost £400 SIM-free.