Sony Xperia Z price puzzle starts to fall into place: it won't be cheap

Sony Xperia Z price puzzle starts to fall into place: it won't be cheap
After the first pricing indication for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z appeared in the form of a 528 pounds sterling (~$850) offer from Clove UK, now two more price points for a SIM-free device show up.

First off is a Sony Mobile Australia confirmation that the phone will hit for the lofty sum of 790 USD equivalent, which was said to be the price at Sony Centers for all three black, white and purple variations. Carrier-subsidized prices and the respective monthly plans will be announced at a later day.

Meanwhile, a Finnish online retailer has put a price on the Xperia Z of EUR 739 (~$988), and called it a day, but let's not forget this is preliminary pricing that is not even graduated to preorder yet. Shipping day is listed as February 28.

Tough pricing to swallow if you are buying the phone without a contract, but Sony already said they will be orienting the company towards the higher-end of the market. Besides, when these phones come to the US, the price is rarely more than $200 with a carrier contract, and $650 unsubsidized, no matter how hot the phone is.

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



30. GodKnowsAll unregistered

If This Is Going To Be Pricy Then I Will Wait For Samsung Galaxy S4(Octa Core).

29. papss unregistered

That is quit expensive if they want to take some market share.. They can't sell on their quality alone in afraid.. Still one sexy phone though

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

No matter what the intial mad sim free prizes given online,the general price through carriers will be always the same as current handsets. This phone will be between 500 - 600 euro pay as you go and between 250-150 euro on 18 or 24 month contracts respectively,its always the case.

16. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Oh damn. The price is going to rival iPhone5 32GB in the Philippines. Still, Xperia Z! I don't want to be a "SHEap" person.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

With out contract price well in this to case sony material have the same build feature as Nasa space shuttle. Sorry forgot the name of the material.

10. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Quality is never cheap Unless you are Google

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No thanks - I prefer the Oppo Find 5 with same specs, same screen, same camera, better design and better battery for some $300 less. I mean for crying out loud, you can almost buy 3 Nexus 4s for one Xperia Z. That's Sony's idea to get back on the mobile map?

11. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Unpopular as expected. Wonder why anyone prefer this beast over the better priced yet equally packed and built Oppo or Huawei. All are great, but with big difference in price tag.

15. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Oh puhlease! Sony is You can't easily compare their products to some Chinese phones. Sony has the QUALITY that never dies.

17. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Fanboy much?

22. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Nope. Im just saying the truth

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Same specifications doesn't mean same hardware! Also: Does Oppo Find 5 supports 4G? Does Oppo Find 5 has microSD Slot? Does Oppo Find 5 has 2.2MP Front Facing Camera? Does Oppo Find 5 is dust and water resistant? Does Oppo Find 5 has FM radio? Do you will trust Oppo over Sony? Talking about LG Nexus 4 prices, in different countries different and prices.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Does Oppo Find 5 has such thing like a Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 ? Sony Xperia Z is a bit smaller device but display is the same size 5" ! Also have you saw Oppo web pages? I have no words...

18. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

hey man where is sony n where is oppo.................u r lik comparin gold n s**

19. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Oppo is on the rise baby, but I guess one needs to justify burning the extra couple of hundreds, nothing unusual about that, just ask the you know which group. ;) Oppo BTW is a high-end blu-ray device maker in a position where they cannot make cheap-azz devices with the logo selling the product, the product needs to sell itself, and that's pretty good pressure to release something solid at a fair price point. $800 for a phone is anything but.

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sorry, but Oppo even don't have a good international web page so about what trust and support we can talk about...

23. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Bad webpage :"( haha! No phone is worth burning $800 (especially as it costs some $250 for the manufacturer, $300 with marketing, packing and support), but be my guest if you wanna pay more than twice for a shiny logo, not gonna tell you not to.

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree, it is not cheap, but we were talking about the specifications and Sony Xperia Z has better specifications and quality. "Bad webpage :"( haha!" There is nothing funny, if they are even unable to creat good global web page, then about what customers service and responsiblity we can talk about???

28. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012


8. NeB89

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

In Belgium you can pre-order the Sony Xperia Z for €649.99 and you get a Smartdock DK26 with it. It's due to be delivered 18th of february. This is the same price as the Galaxy S3 and Note II had when they launched here.

6. franzscorp

Posts: 5; Member since: May 07, 2012

Bring it on!

5. Basharhd99

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

although this is expensive, i won't change my mind , IM GONNA BUY IT

3. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

i ready my $900(Php40K) for this.. 1 year of being poor just to have this baby wohooo cant wait

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Pinoy! :)) I'm sure this will come to philippines by the time s4 is announced. would it make you think twice? :)

27. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

N-O!! hahaha, no matter how outdated the specs are, the Looks will never be outdated with Sony Xperia P Owner :)

31. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Surely it'll arrive around May or June, Spec's will be outdated then if compared sa SGS4 no doubt. But that phones overall design. is iDrool worthy! Just look at it, Man ang ganda!

26. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Bulok na to pagdating sa pinas, nakakaloka

2. MeoCao unregistered

800 usd? fair price.

25. JC557

Posts: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Considering what the iPhone goes for off contract the Xperia is a decent price for a somewhat rugged phone.

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No one thought this device is going to be cheap.

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