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

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.