Oct 15 AT 4:17 PM Dima Aryeh 19 Comments

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra now available in the US, SmartWatch 2 coming soon


We don’t get many Sony smartphones here in the US, and when we do, they’re late to the market. Part of this can be attributed to weak demand, part of it to carriers, and part of it to Sony’s poor global strategy. However, it looks like Sony decided to take things into their own hands this time around and release their newest line of devices without a carrier’s help.

The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD slot, a 20.7MP camera capable of HDR video, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a 3,000 mAh battery. All this is in a IP55/IP58 waterproof and dust resistant body. It retails for $669.99 for the HSPA+ model in black, white, or purple and is available now at Sony’s online store.

The Xperia Z Ultra has a massive 6.4-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD slot, an 8MP camera, 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a 3,050 mAh battery. Likewise, the Z Ultra is also IP55/IP58 waterproof and dust resistant. The HSPA+ model retails for $649.99 and the LTE model retails for $679.99. Both are now available in black, white, or purple at Sony’s online store.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is an intriguing product. It has a 1.6-inch 220×176 pixel transflective display, 3-4 day battery life, NFC, and a metal, water resistant body. It sounds comparable to the Galaxy Gear, but it has a few perks. It has over 80 apps optimized for it, with over two hundred more compatible from older SmartWatches, full compatibility with any smartphone running Android 4.0 or later, and costs a third less than the Galaxy Gear at $199.95. It isn’t out in the US yet, but it will be available on the Sony online store sometime soon.

If you’re interested in buying full price GSM phones for yourself, the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra are good options, though very pricey ones. Not many people buy phones outright in the US, so it’s hard to see how they’ll be successful. But the SmartWatch 2 genuinely sounds like a great device, and it undercuts the Galaxy Gear in price significantly. Would you get a Sony SmartWatch 2?

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Vance

    I’m seriously tempted by the Z1… especially after I dropped my One in the tub during my kids’ bath time… That repair added to the initial cost of the phone has me into the HTC One by more than the cost of the Z1 so in a way you could look at the price difference as a water damage insurance plan :)

    • www.phonewbie.com

      You should buy it. I want one too. Right now it’s 70/30 this over the G2. Just waiting for Tmo to announce the release date.

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  • James Harris

    I have Z and I bought it at the Sony store on a trip to NY to pick up my Google Glass. I love this phone and I’m tempted to buy a Z Ultra…

  • Robfactory

    Wasn’t there a 4G compatible Z1 that could run on T-Mo?

    • Louis A

      Yah I thought so too. I thought there was a 4G compatible T-Mo and AT&T LTE version. If there’s an LTE version I am getting the Z1 for sure.

      • Bob

        There is an LTE version that will only be released as a locked T-Mobile phone in the coming months. You will need to unlock it if you want to use it on AT&T. The version number of the phone is C6906. This model works on LTE 700Mhz which is what AT&T uses.

  • Tulai Paul

    The extravaganza of mobile phones continues. The people are geared to buy new models of Sony, Moto, Samsung, Nokia, iPhone etc. despite the macroeconomic doldrums. That’s how the leading ad companies like inmobi, tapjoy, adcolony, admob, revmob, appnext have been also doing decent business

  • www.phonewbie.com

    AndMe should review this phone.

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  • Calvin

    I really wanna buy the Xperia Z1, perfect ’5 size, fast processor, stylish luxury design, waterproof, able to extend memory…

    I don’t carry much about the camera, but I’m glad that it has a good one on it. I haven’t seen any nice design phone for such a while… (tastes are arguable)

    I have 3 iphones before but I’m sick and tired with the jailbreaking and the waiting everytime… & IOS 7 is so ugly!!! WP their OS is too strictly & it really lacks on apps, I can’t even find a proper flac player for my music collection on WP… So I’ve decided to go for Android… But so far I haven’t seen any phone that matches my needs… But with the Xperia Z1… Finally my life will change… ;)

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  • Slith

    So will the unlocked versions work on Verizon?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Nope, sorry. They’re GSM phones, Verizon is a CDMA carrier.

  • rhY

    I don’t get it. These phablets should all be WAY cheaper. Competition is the nexus 7!

  • Gary

    Android 4.2? Wonder if I can buy a windows computer new with windows 3.1? What a complete joke. This will be a shelf sitter.

  • imtiaz

    no this phone is not good.

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  • Gizmog.com

    I have been a big fan of Sony gadgets. Sony has recently launched Xperia Z1, which is really a superb handset. Camera is one of the much talked about feature of this smartphone. I am looking forward to purchase this smartphone this year.