The Sony Xperia Z, the long-awaited 2013 Xperia flagship smartphone from Sony, has arrived earlier than expected as European sales, specifically in France, have kicked off today a few days before the device’s originally anticipated overseas arrival.
Last week, it appeared that the Sony Xperia Z, which Sony announced at CES 2013 in Las Vegas in January, would be arriving on February 21st in Europe, a few days ahead of the February 28th release date that we expected from the latest in the Xperia line of smartphones.
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Now though, it appears that the device has arrived even earlier than that as the device has officially touched down in France, according to XperiaBlog.
The device is now listed in stock at Sony’s official French site with both the black and white variants of the Xperia Z priced at €649. Those looking to snag the purple version will unfortunately notice that the device is out of stock which is due to an exclusive that French carrier SFR has with the device. The other two colors are in stock and available to buy right now.
Originally, we believed the device would touch down in Germany in just a few days but it looks like those in Europe have been treated to a nice surprise.
Those in France who are looking into this device will find one of Sony’s best smartphone efforts in quite sometime. The Sony Xperia Z is a 5-inch smartphone with a sleek water and dust resistant design, 1080p display, quad-core processor and 13MP camera that seems capable of shooting gorgeous pictures. All top of the line for 2013.
The device runs with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with an upgrade to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean promised soon after launch, and a UI that not only looks better than Sony’s previous user interfaces.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know when Sony’s new flagship will touch down in the United States. Thus far, no carriers have confirmed it for launch so it could be that U.S. customers must import the unlocked version.