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

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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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)

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24 Comments

1. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Isnt a new Xperia making an appearance at MWC?

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

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

21. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 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

2. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

4. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

24. RiTCH007

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

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

3. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

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

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

11. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 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 .

6. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Why dont they just outlaw cdma sick of it

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Right in time for the Z6 release! ;)

8. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 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

10. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

12. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

13. knoxred

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

I bought it already

14. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

15. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

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

16. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

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

17. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

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

18. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

20. abhinav.snsahu

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

Right before release of Z6

22. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

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

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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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