Sony launching the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2 in the US

Sony launching the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2 in the US

If you are a Sony fan, but live inthe States, then you probably know by now that the Japanesemanufacturer doesn't have the strongest positions stateside, whichmeans that the newest Sony products usually take a while to reach thecoast. Luckily for you, today marks just that day, for Sony islaunching the Xperia Z1, along with the giant Xperia Z Ultra and itsSmartWatch 2, or a trifecta of sorts.

Sony Xperia Z1

Being the hottest of the pack, the5-inch SonyXperia Z1 ought to garner the most attention. Unfortunately, itdoesn't seem like Sony has found a partner carrier to carry its newflagships, for the Z1 is only available unlocked for $669.99 for theHSPA+ version (the 4G LTE version...??!?!?). 

The Sony Xperia Z1 fitsour definition of a hardware beast perfectly – it's got the latest,most powerful Snpadragon 800 on board, 2GB of RAM and a massive20.7-megapixel camera with Sony's Exmor RS sensor. And if that isn'tquite enough to cater to a specs nerd's dream, the added perk ofwater- and dust-resistance ought to satisfy even the most exactingamong you.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be madeavailable from Sony's official site, and a number of selecte-tailers, which means that it's coming fully unlocked, though this also means that no carrier will be shouldering the costs for you.

If you've been eying the Sony XperiaZ1 for a while, then checking ourin-depth review right about now would be more than a good idea.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The increasingly popular phablet sector wasn't left ignored by Sony, and the XperiaZ Ultra is what the company is throwing at it. At 6.44-inches,the Xperia Z Ultra is simply massive,and it really is edging on tablet territory, though in our experienceit was quite the looker, not to mention decidedly more elegant thanmost 7-inch tablets. 

Much alike the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z Ultra isa hardware powerhouse of pretty much identical proportions, the onlydifference is that it features a less impressive 8-megapixel camerawith Sony's Exmor RS sensor. That, and the fact that unlike the ZUltra, you can at least try and fit the Z1 in your pocket.

TheSony Xperia Z Ultra will be made available from Sony's official siteand a number of select e-tailers. The MSRP on the phablet is $649.99for the HSPA+ model, and $679.99 for the LTE one, so, once again, unlocked, but no carrier subsidy.

Itchingto know more? Ourin-depth reivew of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is right this way!

Sony SmartWatch 2

Letsbe honest – some people already view smartphones as démodé. Thosetechnology nuts among you that share this notion should be happy tosee that Sony is also bringing the SmartWatch 2 to the States for anacceptable $199.95. 

The new iteration of Sony's wearable features awaterproof body, a 1.6-inch, 220x176 pixel non-backlit transflectivedisplay that is readable outdoors. That one is said to beenergy-efficient enough to have Sony assure us that you can get threeto four days under normal usage. Best of all, unlike Samsung's GalaxyGear, Sony's SmartWatch 2 can actually be paired with any Androiddevice, which is an enormous advantage. You can check our comparison of the two watches right here.

Likethe rest of the new Sony goodies, the SmartWatch 2 will also be madeavailable through Sony's official store, and the company will alsopartner with select e-tailers that have remained unnamed.

Related phones

Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z Ultra
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. oister85 unregistered

$200 for the smart watch I bet the smartwatch is not even water resistant.

5. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Sony Smartwatch 2 is IP57 Certified

9. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I find it a bit expensive... actually all Smart watches are still expensive for what they are... But this one is IMO the best or at least among the best out there... It is Water resistant, it pairs with almost any Android smartphone, and it is simply enough while still having great functionality... I actually did not like the Gear, since it tries to be too much, but in the end they are all meant to be a support item for your SmartPhone. Also the Sony one has already a decent ammount of compatible apps...

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Sony i was waiting to get Z1 from at&t and you broke my heart. why r you guys bringing Z1 in t-mobile, why not in both at&t and t-mobile.

13. phatcow

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

I would think this has more to do with AT&T then Sony, if I understand correctly the device will work with AT&T bands...

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I know it work in at&t, but who wanna pay full price. If they bring in at&t everyone will buy with 2 years contract with cheaper price.

17. phatcow

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Ah i see what you mean. Yeah but what T-Mobile is trying to show is you'll pay for it in the long run...

23. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

26. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

When I read this kind of comments is when I miss the red thumbsdown :D

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Bout time. But kinda bought the European version too late though.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile will sport the Z1. :)

4. phatcow

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

So I assume the same thing, however here is my dilema. Buy this now unbranded and unbloated... or wait to see if T-Mobile will throw in some case... But Sony shows its $50 bucks off right now anyways.... hmmm


Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Z ultrA... BUT the no flash, is a deal breaker.....

15. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Never used once in my life the flash of a phone which unless you own a lumia 1020 take picture worse than without.

20. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I don't think it would be so useful in a phablet or a tablet... but in a Phone the LED flash is my go-to Flashlight at night, or when the power is out... And my phone takes pretty good pictures with the flash at low light, given that the subject is still

8. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Rather wait on the iwatch. People might complain about apple but when they launch a fresh new product they have never went wrong.

10. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Pippin G4 Cube Hockey Puck Mouse Newton Apple TV Maps Actually I kind of agree with you because they hit more than miss... and they will probably sell millions of iWatches... but right here, right now the best for me is the SmartWatch 2 from Sony... It does not try to be anything else, and it is simple yet useful

11. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I don't like the design of the phablet because it is just a bigger Z1 with bigger bezels.

18. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

ZU released before Z1, so Z1 is the small version of ZU and you must hate Z1 instead of ZU!!!

14. phatcow

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Anyone go to Sony's us website and looked at the phone? Pictures of the back shows no flash? Looks different without G lens and NFC label is moved... I think they just used the same pics for both the Z1 and Ultra....

19. zennacko unregistered

Z1 f or no deal :3

21. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sony, bring us the Z1f :)

22. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sony make Z2 with bezelless,. improved viewing angles.

24. binary-os unregistered

Sony are getting dead serious with their offerings, it is possible they could become the Android of choice stuff.

25. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

WTF???? No LTE version for the Z1? Come on Sony! I was just ready to pull the trigger!!!!

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