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Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 released in the states with support for some U.S. LTE bands

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Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 released in the states with support for some U.S. LTE bands
Sony has started selling on its U.S. website, an unlocked version of the Sony Xperia Z1 that offers support for some U.S. LTE bands. A variant of the phone, the Sony Xperia Z1s, is available from T-Mobile with some changes (more on that below). The unlocked variant of the phone will connect with the LTE signals from AT&T and T-Mobile, and is priced at $619.99.

The unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 with LTE connectivity, is available right now in Black. The Purple and White models are expected to ship on April 30th. The phone offers a 5 inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. A quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU is under the hood with 2GB of RAM on board and 16GB of native storage inside. The 64GB microSD slot in available for those who need more memory, and a 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on. Android 4.4.2 is now running the show. Keep in mind that this model is no longer the top cheese at Sony, replaced by the Sony Xperia Z2.

For those who plan on using this phone on T-Mobile's pipes, you're better off with the Xperia Z1s, sold exclusively by the carrier in the U.S. That version offers twice as much native storage (32GB vs 16 on the unlocked Xperia Z1), although the rest of the changes are cosmetic.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is now available unlocked in the states, supporting some U.S. LTE bands

The Sony Xperia Z1 is now available unlocked in the states, supporting some U.S. LTE bands


source: Sony via XperiaBlog

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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 23:05 1

1. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I wonder how much they need to clear out before they release the Z2...

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 23:14

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5163; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


They can discontinue it, just like what they did with the Z. But for the Z1, it's not the time yet, because some people think that paying so much money for the Z2 isn't worth it when there's the Z1 with similar specs (just a tad bit lower) but still has a decent processor, same camera, and same beautiful design.

But when the Z3 comes out, the Z1 will be discontinued. Same thing will be repeated when a flagship comes out.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 01:32

5. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


why did america didnt get LTE version unlocked ? Canada got it right at the beginning in October. :/
Canada got the c6906 version which has all canada LTEs and 3G and AWS so it worked great here. i dont know what the heck is going on in america.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 12:35 2

9. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


At one point in time Sony was going to ignore America, probably had something to do with you morons giving Apple 1 billion and buying nothing except iPhones.

Sony has now changed their stance, not sure why but if what the Sony president says is true. The Z2 won't be released that late this time.

However, Bell does have the Z2 as an exclusive in Canada. Which actually worked for Samsung since the international GS2 was a Bell exclusive as well.

So Sony might still be ignoring the Americas and their president just lied about strongly going after the North American market.

I don't blame them for pulling out though. HTC is slowly dying but for a good reason. And the Sony brand is so mediocre here now that even the VAIO brand is no longer profitable.

Normally HTC and Sony can fix their problems like having oversized phones that are huge just to include features that most common people don't want but with Apple suing you for anything touch screen related, even if you make it here, you have to use what profits you have to pay Apple and Nokia.

So you might as well just screw North America until Apple becomes the next Blackberry. Then attack. The rest of the world is populated enough.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 01:36

6. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i think the blame should go to carriers just as much as to Sony for this screw up. everyone else in world got Z1 back in October besides America.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 23:06

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3031; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Is it this way they are going to beat samsung or scoring 3rd place.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 00:15 1

4. Odiin (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Sony you will never learn! why on earth you are releasing Z1 now instead of Z2? When S5 ANHTC1 has already started to reaching its customers you are doing this? It seems US sees Z2 next year. What a dumb move by Sony!

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 05:05

7. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


But it hasn't been a year yet and why would they release the Z2,,,?

That would really piss of there fans and buyers.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 05:08

11. Odiin (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Na. Same applies to Z1 also, even with two flagships in a year Sony cant catch up, always late in US.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 10:23

8. zennacko (Posts: 227; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Didn't see the Z1 compact on the US site yet...

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 14:20

10. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


That phone has been on the site for sale for about 2 weeks now. PA, you need to keep up and stop posting old news.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 05:22

12. btbotimtim (Posts: 143; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Z1S at t-mobile is $552 now.
who would want to pay 619 for z1 at this point?
that really is not a smart move.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:43

13. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


This phone isn't a T-Mobile version. This phone will actually work with AT&T. Would you want to buy a phone that said T-Mobile on the back and use it with another carrier? Plus, I believe the firmware on the Z1S is customized for T-Mobile as well.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 08:25

14. drazwy (Posts: 119; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


uh hello? Z2? Going on 10 months since the Z1. What happend to 6 month release cycle? Or was that 6 month "announcement" cycle.

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