Sony Xperia Z2 not coming to any U.S. carrier, available only on Sony's website

Sony Xperia Z2 not coming to any U.S. carrier, available only on Sony's website
At first, it was expected that the Sony Xperia Z2 would be an exclusive for T-Mobile in the states. After all, the nation's fourth largest carrier had the Sony Xperia Z in its lineup, and now carries the Sony Xperia Z1. Then came a rumor that Sony's latest flagship handset would be an exclusive for Verizon. But on Friday night, a published report cites Sony itself as saying that no U.S. carriers will get their hands on either the Sony Xperia Z2, and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

U.S. citizens will get a crack at the Xperia Z2 later this summer when the unlocked version of the phone becomes available via Sony's U.S. online store. As far as the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is concerned, U.S. consumers will need to go overseas for this one. Not only won't the highly spec'd mini be seen on the shelves of any U.S. carrier, it also will not be offered online.

Considering Sony's plans to offer its newest flagship handset every 6 months, by the time U.S. smartphone buyers have the opportunity to buy the Sony Xperia Z2 from Sony's website, it might be close to the unveiling of the Sony Xperia Z3.

via: Engadget

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Display 4.3 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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60 Comments

60. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1187; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Hey guys, just wondering what type of glass panel the z2 uses, I can't find the exact answer on google. IF it is gorilla glass, i won't bother for a screen protector, if it is something else, I may have to speed some money on a good glass screen protector. Any idea on what it really is, some say it is GG3, some say it is dragontrail, some say it is just tempered scatch resistance glass. PLS help me out, thanks a lot

49. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

How unfortunate. I think Sony had a real chance at doing something great with this phone. But as always, 1 step forward, 5 giant steps back.

48. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This is why Sony will never reach Apple, Samsung or even Nokia's market status world wide. They have nice devices and enough money but they go cheap on the marketing and every time they release a nice device worldwide they have a shortage of supply. Something fishy is going on in Sony.

46. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

This is utterly ridiculous. Why advertise something at CES along with a release date, and then you can't deliver? Sony has plenty of money to outsell Apple, Samsung, etc. and I just don't understand why they can't take the gamble. The Z2 has a great featureset and it can give most phones a run for their money without breaking a sweat. Shame on you Sony.

59. almostdone

Posts: 452; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

The US may have 300+ million people but the world has 7+ billion people. Sony does not have to penetrate US markets if they do not think it's viable or profitable.

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's a blow on sony part. How are they going to compete against samsung which have higher rate in the U.S.? Think they should focus on the u.s. Marke guess sony don't care bout sales here in the u.s. Which kinda sucks.

35. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmao.. people don't care about sony here. was with some friends last time. they were all like " yaayy 'Retrica' is now avaible on samsungs" I said : "android? play store?" .. they said : "yes it's now for samsungs too". people don't care about sony or htc and others.. they think android is for samsung and other brands don't exist.. all they know about are "Galaxys and iPhones" Nokia and blackberry are a synonym for jokes.. and some don't even know sony devices even exist I swear.. they just don't care.. their galaxys get what they want done and it's a famous device loved by everyone plus feared and respected by apple owners, why buy a phone that would raise eyebrows

36. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Unfortunately, the market is driven by the non-tech savvy; main reason Nexus devices don't sell well. Sony in the US is synonymous with TV, radios, and of course the play station.

52. Kylesforza

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Because its better to stand out than be a sheeep?

32. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Good thing I don't live in the US ;)

30. Kylesforza

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Good job at trolling. Look at Xperia blog people, its coming in Summer.

45. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Z2 makes it to the US when the Z3 is announced for the rest of the world? This makes it a lot harder to sell for Sony. Perhaps when the Z2 finally makes it to the us, they should price it at $400 unlocked. They would sell far more phones that way.

57. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

If the truth hurts, quit complaining. I was waiting for the Z1 LTE to come out once it was released and it has just come out maybe 3 weeks ago (months after the Z2 was announced, so I decided to wait for it). Now Sony says that the Z2 will be released "in the summer" what month is that in? Sony shot themselves in the foot by not sticking to their word. A company that has more than enough cashflow to fix any supplier issues, claims that it has no control over it? Please.... If I was Kaz Hirai, I would fire the retards who thought it was a good idea to release the phone elsewhere but the US. I'm not an Apple or fanboy but, you don't see them delay the release of the iPhone for months....

27. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wtf sony you said z2 will release april,now we havent hear anything till now,...and now s5 and m8 is in the spot light..poor z2.

25. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Sony should buy OnePlus or some other company that seems more focused and dedicated.

24. Amir1 unregistered

so sony is going to market strong only from Z3 or Z4 i guess. it's only a matter of time until they start to market strong in usa.

20. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I have a feeling the United States version of the Z2 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC. Z3 will have SD 810 and will be released next year 1st quarter here in the States.

53. g2a5b0e unregistered

Why would you think that? Both the Z & Z1s were released in the U.S. many months after their original debut & their internals remained unchanged. History says you're wrong.

18. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Perfect! I always buy smartphones on full retail price anyway. My Z1s is still up there with the top dogs.

12. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Feel like Sony won't be here in a decade. The only part of their business that is doing good is their console business and it's in decline. I love sony products so this makes me sad. Really wanted to get this on Verizon but made my decision to wait for 64 bit chips even easier.

11. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Maybe quality issues like those bezel gaps and 4k video recording overheating.

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1187; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Really hoped they would sell this phone in the states before July, I would have pre-ordered it right away, guess I would just get a S5 with a metal cover.......SONY SUCKS IN MARKETING AND SALES :

37. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1187; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Could not resist myself anymore, ordered it from eBay right now, hope it gets here sometime in mid-may.

38. Amir1 unregistered

why not? sim free is sim free. got your bands covered. you are good to go.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Great, then it'll only be 9+ months old. If Sony wants to make any headway in the American market they're going to have to get serious and actually release their devices on time. Unfreaking believable

19. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I don't think they particularly care about the US market right now.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

How about a Z2s ?

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Well so much for that there Samsung

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sammy execs have quite a lot to be happy for. Thanksgiving for them came a bit early this year. Maybe even a second Holiday shopping season.

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Its looks like. They prepping up for the last flagship. This year for US like the Z1S

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