With the success of the model in Japan comes word that the international version of the phone will soon be introduced. With speculation that the phone would be unveiled during the Chinese New Year Festival early next month, Sony's web site in China shows some event scheduled for January 3rd. Perhaps this will be the date that the phone is unwrapped. Other sources in the country report that the model has a code name of "i3" and will have a price tag of 4099 Yuan ($675).
Before those in the states get too excited, we have yet to see the U.S. launch of the full-sized Sony Xperia Z1. Back in October, a picture of a T-Mobile branded version of the phone was tweeted by evleaks. Considering that the carrier already offers the Sony Xperia Z, it would seem to make sense to expect the sequel to that unit end up with the same stateside operator.
Sony's Chinese website hints of January 3rd announcement
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source: Sony via GforGames