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.
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.