Sony’s just-announced additions to its Xperia range are available to pre-order now, as the phone-maker goes hell for leather to avoid a repeat of the availability delays that hamstrung the current-gen flagship, the Xperia Z2.
The Z3 is up for grabs at Dialaphone and Phones 4u for free on Vodafone from £38.50 per month. That nabs you 600 minutes and 1GB of data per month, plus unlimited texts.
Phones 4 U has bagged exclusive rights to the white edition of the flagship phone, though, so if you were eyeing that colourway that’s where you’ll have to head.
Early-bird smartphone fanciers can also order the Z3 Compact from the same retailers, with the cheapest free-phone contract coming in at £30.50 per month on EE.
Allowances on EE’s plan come in at 1,000 minutes and 1GB of 4G data per month, as well as unlimited texts.
Unveiled yesterday at the IFA tech expo in Berlin, the Z3 features a 20.7-megapixel camera, a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
And, in keeping with the vogue for pushing the boundaries between tablets and phones, it’s home to a whopping 5.2-inch display featuring the same Triluminous technology as Sony Bravia TVs.
The Compact is effectively a smaller take on the standard Z3. It’s pretty much unchanged from its big brother in the spec-sheet department, except it swaps that behemoth of a screen for a 4.6-inch 720p number that’s more practical for one-handed use.
Both handsets allow users to play PS4 games on them over Wi-Fi, presumably as part of a strategy to lock users into Sony's device eco-system.
Dialaphone and Phones 4u pledge to deliver pre-orders taken now on the official street date of October 1st.
Sony's decision to move fast to get the Z3 into shops comes after production problems meant that the Xperia Z2 struggled to make good on the rave notices it picked up after debuting at Mobile World Congress way back in February.