LTE-ready Sony Xperia Z launching in Germany on February 21. Vodafone UK takes pre-orders now
Sony’s newest Android flagship handset, the Xperia Z, is almost ready to make its official debut in Europe.
According to Sony Germany’s Facebook page, the smartphone will be available starting February 21. Unlocked, the handset will cost a bit more than €600 ($800).
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Sony Xperia Z is a dustproof and waterproof device – this certainly making it appealing for many customers, especially since waterproof high-end smartphones are rare. Sporting a 5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, the Xperia Z also comes with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, and 16GB of internal memory (expandable).
Germany aside, Vodafone UK is now allowing customers to pre-order the Xperia Z (here), and will likely release it in March. The handset is free on tariffs from £42 per month, and will be compatible with Vodafone’s 4G LTE network that should go live later this year.
O2 and Three are other two British networks that will offer the new Xperia on various tariffs.
Sony’s second new high-end Jelly Bean smartphone, the Xperia ZL, will be available in Europe only starting April. The ZL is a bit smaller than the Z, having similar features (but without being dustproof and waterproof). It will cost slightly less than the Xperia Z.