Sony unveiled two new handsets at IFA 2016 and while pricing and availability information was confirmed for Europe, folks in the United States have had to wait for their turn. Sony has issued a press release today which confirms the Xperia XZ U.S. price and release date. As is the case with most Sony handsets now, there’s no word if the company will be teaming up with carriers to sell it in the United States. Customers who are interested in the Xperia XZ will be able to purchase it from Sony’s retail partners unlocked and off-contract.
Customers who are interested in picking up a Sony Xperia XZ will be able to do so come October 2nd through Amazon, Best Buy, and other participating retailers.
Sony’s latest flagship has already been doing well in Taiwan and in other markets. It’s a proper high-end device that features a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB RAM, 3 gigs of storage and all the bells and whistles you would expect from a flagship. It also has a 23 megapixel rear camera with two autofocus sensors as well as support for 4K video recording.
The Xperia XZ can be purchased unlocked and off-contract for $699 from the retailers mentioned above. Sony has already started taking pre-orders for the other handset it unveiled at IFA 2016. The Xperia X Compact costs $499 and it will be available on September 25th. Bear in mind though that the U.S. version of both handsets does not feature a fingerprint scanner.