Sony’s flagship handsets have been available abroad for several months now, the company decided to make potential customers in the United States wait for them, and now it has finally confirmed when the handsets will arrive. The company has confirmed that it’s going to officially release unlocked variants of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact in the United States next month.
Even though the company has made some robust smartphones that have earned much praise, it has found it difficult to establish a firm footing in the U.S. market. It doesn’t help that carriers in the country appear to be wary about carrying Sony’s flagship handsets.
You don’t have to look too far in the past to see carriers jumping Sony’s ship. Verizon was supposed to launch an exclusive version of the Xperia Z4 but it decided not to go ahead with it, so Sony and Verizon cancelled the launch of the Xperia Z4v only four months after announcing that it will be available in the United States.
This time around Sony is taking a safe route. It’s going to release the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact unlocked and off-contract through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and B&H. The handsets will be available for purchase starting February 7th for $599 and $499 respectively. It’s unclear if either smartphone would be offered by a major carrier in the country, from the looks of it, that might not happen.