If you are a Sony fan, but live in the States, then you probably know by now that the Japanese manufacturer doesn't have the strongest positions stateside, which means that the newest Sony products usually take a while to reach the coast. Luckily for you, today marks just that day, for Sony is launching the Xperia Z1, along with the giant Xperia Z Ultra and its SmartWatch 2, or a trifecta of sorts.
Sony Xperia Z1
Being the hottest of the pack, the 5-inch Sony Xperia Z1 ought to garner the most attention. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Sony has found a partner carrier to carry its new flagships, for the Z1 is only available unlocked for $669.99 for the HSPA+ version (the 4G LTE version...??!?!?).
The Sony Xperia Z1 fits our definition of a hardware beast perfectly – it's got the latest, most powerful Snpadragon 800 on board, 2GB of RAM and a massive 20.7-megapixel camera with Sony's Exmor RS sensor. And if that isn't quite enough to cater to a specs nerd's dream, the added perk of water- and dust-resistance ought to satisfy even the most exacting among you.
The Sony Xperia Z1 will be made available from Sony's official site, and a number of select e-tailers, which means that it's coming fully unlocked, though this also means that no carrier will be shouldering the costs for you.
If you've been eying the Sony Xperia Z1 for a while, then checking our in-depth review right about now would be more than a good idea.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The increasingly popular phablet sector wasn't left ignored by Sony, and the Xperia Z Ultra is what the company is throwing at it. At 6.44-inches, the Xperia Z Ultra is simply massive, and it really is edging on tablet territory, though in our experience it was quite the looker, not to mention decidedly more elegant than most 7-inch tablets.
Much alike the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z Ultra is a hardware powerhouse of pretty much identical proportions, the only difference is that it features a less impressive 8-megapixel camera with Sony's Exmor RS sensor. That, and the fact that unlike the Z Ultra, you can at least try and fit the Z1 in your pocket.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be made available from Sony's official site and a number of select e-tailers. The MSRP on the phablet is $649.99 for the HSPA+ model, and $679.99 for the LTE one, so, once again, unlocked, but no carrier subsidy.
Itching to know more? Our in-depth reivew of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is right this way!
Sony SmartWatch 2
Lets be honest – some people already view smartphones as démodé. Those technology nuts among you that share this notion should be happy to see that Sony is also bringing the SmartWatch 2 to the States for an acceptable $199.95.
The new iteration of Sony's wearable features a waterproof body, a 1.6-inch, 220x176 pixel non-backlit transflective display that is readable outdoors. That one is said to be energy-efficient enough to have Sony assure us that you can get three to four days under normal usage. Best of all, unlike Samsung's Galaxy Gear, Sony's SmartWatch 2 can actually be paired with any Android device, which is an enormous advantage. You can check our comparison of the two watches right here.
Like the rest of the new Sony goodies, the SmartWatch 2 will also be made available through Sony's official store, and the company will also partner with select e-tailers that have remained unnamed.