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Sony Xperia Z a Success, Even Without U.S. Release

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Sony’s Xperia Z is now a hit, the first for the company’s mobile operations in years. Too bad it’s not yet available in the United States.

According to Digitimes, Sony completely ran out of Xperia Z devices. It used its entire stock to fulfill orders in Japan, Germany, France, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. There’s no accurate way to quantify exactly how many devices the company has in their production pipeline, however even without hard figures, selling through their pipeline inventory is impressive.

The Sony Xperia Z was announced this past February. We loved it so much that it won our Best Phone of CES 2013 Award.

The Sony Xperia Z is a hit without a U.S. release.

The Sony Xperia Z is a hit without a U.S. release.

The device comes complete with  a dizzying array of features, including a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, 4G LTE and a unique design that, according to our very own Adam Mills noted, is a “modern design that doesn’t need the assistance of a case.”

Not needing a case is high praise, particularly when you consider that smartphone designs have trended towards wafer-thin chassis that involve the use of more lightweight plastics that make them more fragile.

While there is still no date on when American smartphone users will be able to get their hands on one from a national carrier, there are still options for those who interested. The Xperia Z can be imported by U.K. firms like Negri Electronics. The device is currently on sale at the e-retailer in its native purple, black and white for a $771.50.

Unfortunately, that price won’t guarantee you the latest in mobile internet experiences on AT&T and T-Mobile. The unlocked version’s radio technology will only work with AT&T’s last-generation 3G network. T-Mobile users only have access to that carrier’s 2G network.

Since the launch of the iPhone, Sony Ericsson, or what’s now referred to as Sony Mobile, has struggled to translate its early success with enhanced feature phones to more ecosystem driven smartphones. Since the introduction of Apple’s iPhone in 2007, the company has yet to produce a solid smartphone hit.

Travis Pope is a Reporter-at-large for GottaBeMobile. He's currently enjoying a romp in the dangerous quicksand that is Microsoft's Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox ecosystem.

5 Comments

  1. abu afak

    03/31/2013 at 11:05 am

    Sony has FAILED and LIED.

    It’s been 3 months and you STILL Can’t buy a “z’; phone in the USA.

    No carrier offers the phone or contract.

    Sony has just started offering the phone (I mean the weaker ZL, NOT Z), thru it’s stores on “preorder”. Whatever/whenever that means

  2. Becky

    04/03/2013 at 12:25 pm

    I am growing very frustrated! Sony mobile usa website says it is “coming soon” well that was like 3 months now! When I call Sony customer service and I specified Z NOT Z L, the girl went on about the ZL. Then after she read her template on what to say about the ZL I asked again the same question, “When will the Z be available ? She replies with, -”We have the ZL in pre-order would like to place an order?”.
    …WOW!
    I hung up. My guess is maybe in the 2nd qtr the Z might be available for USA customers.

  3. badgio

    04/05/2013 at 3:52 pm

    That’s a real shame for you guys, I’ve had the phone over in the UK for almost month now and I’ve gotta say it’s a bloddy nice phone! ;)

    Come on Sony what are you playing at? Sort yourselves out and give our friends over the other side of the pond what they are asking for!

  4. Becky

    04/13/2013 at 5:42 am

    Well I am seriously disgusted with lack of updates on when will Xperia Z be available in the USA. I am strongly leaning on buying the Xperia acros S since it most similar to the Xperia Z with it’s water resistant feature + universal NFC features.But..the HTC One X is a hell of lot cheaper and it is the unlocked version; I found it for $237.00 I emailed them to see if the retailer has it in white and if not, I will buy a white casing for it.I am still undecided.
    But I am happy for Sony, but it is a major turn off that the Xperia Z is just not available here. Some of us don’t like buying a phone from a carrier pre -loaded with their software that I never use and branded with the carriers’ name.

  5. Becky

    04/14/2013 at 4:41 am

    well, I’ve decided on the HTC ONE (32gb), knownto some as M7 and I placed the order from their website, it’s cheaper than Amazon.

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