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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be officially released in the US next month

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be officially released in the US next month
Sony today announced that it's officially launching the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact in the US.

The handsets will be sold unlocked starting February 7 via Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H. As you'd expect, the Xperia Z5 Compact will be the cheapest among the two devices, being priced at $499.99. The larger Xperia Z5 will cost $100 more: $599.99. It looks like no US carrier is planning to release the smartphones. In any case, they will work on AT&T and T-Mobile (LTE networks included), but not on Verizon and Sprint.

Of course, you can already buy both Xperias in the US (see here and here), but the units that are currently available are international variants, and don't come with US warranty. Thus, if you want any of them, it's better to wait until February 7 to get the US versions.

The Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact have many common features, including dust- and water-resistant bodies, octa-core Snapdragon 810 processors, and 23 MP rear cameras with fast auto focus and 4K video recording. The Xperia Z5 offers a 5.2-inch 1080p display and 3 GB of RAM, while the Z5 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch 720p screen and 2 GB of RAM. Battery capacities are also different: 2900 mAh (Z5) vs. 2700 mAh (Z5 Compact). Both smartphones run Android Lollipop, and will soon be updated to Android Marshmallow. For more about the two handsets, check out our Sony Xperia Z5 review, and our Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review.

If you're in the US, do you plan to buy the Xperia Z5 or the Xperia Z5 Compact? Or do you think there are better smartphones out there in their price categories?

source: Sony (Facebook) via The Verge

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posted on 14 Jan 2016, 10:57

1. BLSEOTB (Posts: 334; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)

Isnt a new Xperia making an appearance at MWC?

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 11:45 1

5. Xperia14 (Posts: 916; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)

There won't be a new Sony flagship at MWC.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 22:49 1

21. aBoss (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)

I am still waiting for the Z5 premium to be released. Would love to see 4k screen and see how it compares to Note 5

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 11:07 4

2. Einstein333 (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 May 2012)

What?? I bought mine back in October and we might soon see a z6!

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 11:33

4. emvxl (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

I am confused as well - seeing this was released back in September of 2015, I believe. And why no VZW version of this? Would love to have this phone to replace my G3.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 21:33

24. RiTCH007 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)

isn't that normal? Most companies release 2 high end a year.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 11:32 6

3. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

Their timing is as usual very $hitty. But its better late than never I guess.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 12:28 5

9. Finalflash (Posts: 3535; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

In this case late may just be worse than never. If no one buys it, some genius in Sony HQ will declare that no one bought their phones in the US and therefore, they don't need to focus on that market at all. Even if they released it 5 months late, context is always lost to the higher ups in most large companies and I can't imagine Sony has the best execs in their mobile department looking at their current strategy.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 12:54 3

11. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

I would say Sony mobile has the worst execs in the whole mobile industry. They are slow, indecisive and plain coward. They have brilliant hardware engineers and designers but their exces are super lame .

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 11:53 1

6. eman99 (Posts: 393; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

Why dont they just outlaw cdma sick of it

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 12:14 1

7. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Right in time for the Z6 release! ;)

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 12:14 3

8. artificialintelligence (Posts: 160; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

It's more easy to swap phones with GSM rather than CDMA all the your information is stored on a simcard with GSM Rather than to have to ask your carrier for permission to unlock the phone with CDMA plus with CDMA carriers have the right not to accept your phone onto their carrier so it better for Sony to go the GSM route

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 12:32

10. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Maybe it's best to wait for the Xperia Z6 and Z6 Compact with a processor with better thermal management. Now I would hope Verizon gets the unadulterated Compact versions of these phones as the Z3v was a bit large and the overly squared body wasn't as comfortable to hold as the unlocked Z3.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 14:10

12. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)

No wonder Sony's mobile division is struggling when they're releasing phones a generation behind the S7 at the same time.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 21:36 1

19. Settings (Posts: 2339; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Generation behind? The way I see it Sony was making the right moves all the time. I just remembered recently someone ditched IP ratings and realized they really do need waterproof phones so they got it back. Also someone I remembered ditched microSD and later plans on getting it back. Lets not start making their proprietary camera sensors which sucked, then going out to Sony, then going proprietary again.
Then who is a generation ahead when.all you do is trial and error.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 16:40

13. knoxred (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)

I bought it already

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 17:02

14. dimas (Posts: 2527; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

Bought my z5c for $550 tax included. Good to see that U.S. will get it for $500. Very seldom for western countries to get sony handsets with lesser price tag than asians.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 18:45

15. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)

Buy xperia first day its released, within 5 month, new flagship comes out

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 20:18

16. TheOriginal (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

i wouldve already bought the z5c but i hate how it has increased in thickness, love my z3c though

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 20:57

17. SK_WS (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)

hope this time they will really release it in the US market, unlike the z4v...

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 21:19

18. TheOriginal (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

oh and on a sidenote my gray market z3c was covered under warranty here in the US, the stores that sell them gay market basically say "no warranty" to cover their rears.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 22:46

20. abhinav.snsahu (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2015)

Right before release of Z6

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 23:32

22. Af1rPA (Posts: 711; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)

The Z6 is just going to look the same. No excitement here.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 01:09

23. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

at that time, Z6 leak will be all over the place, and sony will continue to wonder why their selling number is bad :-/

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