Sony Xperia XZ is Now Retailing in the U.S. for $699

Sony Xperia XZ

Sony announced the flagship Xperia XZ at the Berlin-held IFA 2016 event about a month ago alongside the smaller Xperia X Compact.

The Xperia X Compact went on sale last month via the largest online retailer in the world – Amazon. However, back then, it was only noted that the Xperia XZ will be following up in early October. Well, early October is still here and as promised, the phone has now been made available in the most prestigious smartphone market in the world.

The phone was previously available through pre-orders, but the period has now come to an end, with Amazon now ready to sell the Xperia XZ to any willing party in the country. As for now, the new phone has a price tag of $699, but this is an unlocked version of the handset. There are only two color variants available – Platinum and Graphite Black. As for those who are eager to get their hands on the Forest Blue version of this Xperia XZ flagship, you may have to wait a little bit longer, but the exact period is not known.

A few days ago, Sony launched the Xperia XZ in Taiwan, making it the first market to get the phone. The company has also promised to sell the phone in the most potential market in the world – India – later in the year.

Sony has repeated what it did with the Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia X models that are sold in the U.S. where the fingerprint scanner is missing. This means that those who get the international variant of the Xperia XZ will be able to authenticate Android Pay transactions as well as unlock the phone using their fingers. As for the U.S. variant, the passcode is the only option available.

Sony Xperia XZ

In case you don’t know the specs on offer on the Xperia XZ, there is a 5.2-inch Full HD screen with a 1080p resolution and Sony’s Triluminos technology that promises a rich, vibrant display quality. Under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 820 SoC alongside a 3GB RAM. There is 32GB of expandable storage on the device as well as a battery unit of 2990mAh. This battery is recharged via a USB Type-C port with support for fast charging. As for the cameras, Sony went for a huge 13MP selfie camera and a 23MP main camera, but the sensors have different apertures.

Sony went for Android Marshmallow instead of the latest Android Nougat, but an update should be coming out probably before the end of this month.

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