Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium will be launched in Canada, no word on a US release

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium will be launched in Canada, no word on a US release
Sony this week announced no less than three new Android smartphones, all unveiled at IFA 2015 in Berlin: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium. Sony said that the Z5 and Z5 Compact would be released starting October, while the Z5 Premium should hit the market one month later, in November. The company didn't say if any of the new handsets would be available in the US, but we now know that two of them are going to be sold north of the border, in Canada.

Sony confirmed via Twitter that both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be released in Canada sometime "later this fall." Pricing details haven't been announced, but, based on the handsets' prices for the UK and Europe, they could cost around $700 and $800, respectively.

As for the US market, CNET has it that, according to a T-Mobile spokeswoman, the carrier currently doesn't plan to offer any of the three Z5 handsets, while Verizon declined to comment. Of course, this doesn't mean that the new Xperia line can't make it to the US at some point.

Both the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium are dust- and water-resistant, feature fingerprint scanners, and are powered by octa-core Snapdragon 810 processors. However, while the regular Z5 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Z5 Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K (2160 x 3840 pixels) display, being the world's first smartphone to offer such a crazy screen resolution. You can find out more about the two handsets by checking out our Xperia Z5 hands-on, and our Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on.


sources: Sony Canada (Twitter), CNET via Xperia Blog

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Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3430 mAh(19.17h 3G talk time)
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)

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27 Comments

1. Memo214

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

I need to see a battery benchmark on the premium.

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

So far it looks like the biggest issue for penetrating the US market is to get their phones on carriers.. No tmobile, no word from vzn and they have never been on AT&T.. Oh Sony when will you learn

3. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

$800? yeah....no thanks.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

what do you think?, its premium unless its the z5 compact.

16. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

No, it was simply that I forgot that they were suggesting it's $800 Canadian, and I was thinking US$800.

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Wait what? You'd rather pay $800 USD over $800 Canadian? Bizarre.

6. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

You want a good phone but don't want to pay for it?

24. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Well you simply wait then until the price decreases to the level you are willing to pay for.

10. hafini_27

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Paying for one of the best Is by no means cheap.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That's likely the price in Canadian dollars. It lines up with recent "premium" devices. The Note5 is $850 off contract, while the S6 + is $950 off contract.

15. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

that makes sense.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

im sure US will be next hopefully on carriers too.

7. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Only 5 more days to the event. Release the Beast. Can't wait. My money is ready. Let's do this.

8. Subie

Posts: 2348; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Why not sell the compact as well.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Might be due to poor performance of the Z3 Compact. It was a carrier exclusive in Canada though...

25. Subie

Posts: 2348; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It was available in Canada through their online store. Unlocked and all. This was how to get around the Carrier exclusive they had with BelI I believe. You had to be willing to pay the full unsubsidised price for it though.

22. TPenn

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

There will be Z5C Premium with 1080 FHD EXCLUSIVELY for Japan according to GSMArena.

23. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Docomo exclusive = just forget it exists.

9. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

There will never be a US release. This is Sony we're talking about... (and it looks like Verizon might've even canceled the butchered Z4v).

13. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

This is what I mean. They don't care about putting these phones on all carriers here in the states. All the big players figured it out but Sony. That's why I can't like them.

14. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Seriously All Sony Needs To Do Is Bring There Phones To All Major US Carriers, Its Their Down Fall Man. I Would Buy A Z5 If It Came To At&t.

17. kevinhope5

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Hello People. being of topic here I need help here, I was updating my HTC One X s720e yesterday and I installed the update without removing the charger. Now its stuck at the HTC logo restarting itself over and over again. Can someone help please. I don't want to root my phone.

26. makeupTohelpyou

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

sounds like you will have to factory reset. Make sure your phone is fully charged and completely shut down. Hold down the volume down button and the power button. Your screen will turn on and you will be entering the "bootloader". Using the volume up and down key to navigate scroll down and highlight "Factory Reset". press the power button to select. Warning this will remove all data on the phone and return it to how it looked when you first got it. Continue using the volume and power keys to navigate the menus. Once the reset has started simply leave you phone alone for a while (PLUGGED IN). After a few hours your phone should running the stock software and you can start over again.

18. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I just hope the compact will be compatible with tmobile in the US.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Z5 is actually pretty pimp with the mirror finish. Lol

20. TPenn

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

I really want Z5 Premium. The US carriers should pick it up. That's all I have to say

27. Laoblue

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Seems like the US market is saturated with Apple phones - what a pity living in a box. As long as the market still sells clamshells and iPhones to the US public, and big companies such as Verizon flex their muscles...it a shame that Sony is so slow to sell, or at all, the Z5 to the US. But, you know, US folks love their Walmarts...

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