The Sony Xperia Z release date, at least in Japan, has been pegged for February 9th, just a few days before the rumored European release date of February 18th.
At CES 2013, Sony debuted its latest flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, which will be taking on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 in the first half of 2013. Unfortunately, at the event, Sony did not announce a release date or pricing for the Xperia Z, two components of its release that users have been looking for for the past few weeks.
We’ve seen it show up at a European retailer with a February 18th release date, and it appears that the hotly anticipated phone might be arriving on February 9th, this according to TalkAndroid.
Apparently, Xperia Z demo units are now in retail stores in Japan including in Yodobashi Camera which claims that the release date for the Xperia Z will be February 9th in Japan. Sony still has not confirmed any sort of official date for the Xperia Z but with February 9th and February 18th both fast approaching, we imagine we could hear something from it soon.
No pricing was revealed for the device though we expect that Sony will unveil that little tidbit alongside the device’s official release date. And once it does, we should have a better idea of what to expect, price-wise, in the United States.
Sony did announce that the phone would be heading to shelves, globally, in the first quarter of this year and it looks like it will be sticking to its promise. The first quarter is comprised of January, February and March.
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The Sony Xperia Z was Sony’s big smartphone unveil of CES 2013 and it packs some serious specifications in an effort to match the higher-end smartphones that are already on shelves in addition to ones like the HTC M7 and Galaxy S4 that will be coming soon.
It features a 5-inch 1080p HD Reality Display (1920 x 1080), 2GB of RAM, a 13.1MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE data speeds, and a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Other specs include 16GB of on-board storage space with a microSD card slot that comes with support for a 32GB microSD card, a suitable 2,330 mAh battery, and a slim 7.9mm design that is resistant to both water or dust.