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Amazon has inadvertently confirmed a March release date for Sony’s hotly awaited hero blower, the Xperia Z.

The online retailer has updated its product page for the SIM free version of the handset with a due date for Blighty on March 1st, but for a wallet-punching price of £549.99 that makes it more expensive than even the relatively recent iPhone 5.

Still, the price tag isn’t entirely without justification. The Xperia Z is positively crammed with state-of-the-art technology, including a five-inch full HD display with Sony’s Bravia Engine 2 video processor, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and a 13-megapixel camera with an Exmor RS sensor and built-in HDR recording.

4G support is on board too, as is an array of connectivity options, including, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0, plus the latest Jelly Bean iteration of Android pre-installed.

Better still, it’s certified water and dust resistant (IP55 and IP57 rated), and features a Dragontail glass front and back to keep those unsightly scratches at bay, which is more than the iPhone 5 can claim right now.

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Of course, if the asking price is still too steep to pay outright, there’ll be plenty of pay monthly tariffs to cut your outlay when the Xperia Z lands on contract. By our estimate, you can expect to pay around £35 a month on plans offering the handset free.

So far Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three have confirmed they’ll be ranging the Xperia Z when it launches, with Three offering an ETA as early as February. T-Mobile and Orange have yet to reveal their plans, but we’ll be sure to let you know if and when they do.

Source: Amazon via The Inquirer

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