With HTC One’s unveiling just days away and Samsung Galaxy S4’s launch most likely set for March, one would think the headlines battle would be carried between the two and no one else. And yet Sony Xperia Z’s mojo seems impossible to disrupt.
The star of last month’s CES is the most sought-after Android smartphone these days, even though the 5-incher is only up for grabs in Japan. And if patchy availability is the only thing keeping you away from the Z-mania, your worries should be forgotten in a matter of days.
We have no less than three updates regarding Z’s launch to bring you today and all of them can be filed under good news. According to official sources, Sony will bring its latest flagship in Ireland and Finland come February 28 and Australia sometime in March.
O2’s Irish branch is apparently the first network you’ll be able to activate the Z on, with prices starting at €189 ($252). That’s for the on-contract version of the phone, while the prepaid variant will start at €579 ($772).
Unfortunately, O2 pre-orders have closed soon after opening due to lack of stock, so if you’re yet to declare your love for the Z chances are you won’t be able to get it on February 28. Meanwhile, all other major Irish networks have confirmed they’ll be carrying the handheld, with Three also announcing a March 1 release date.
Vodafone and Meteor are only saying the Xperia Z is “coming soon”, so there might still be a while until pre-orders or actual orders will be welcomed.
In Finland, the waters are a little less troubled, but only as far as the SIM-free Z is concerned. The phone is to go on sale on February 28 via Gigantti and March 1 via Verkkokauppa for €740 and €730 respectively ($985 and $973).
Finally, today’s last tidbit is a second confirmation of Xperia Z’s Australian launch. If previous news were not enough to put Aussies at ease, we’re now absolutely positively sure the phone is landing down under by the end of next month.
Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all scheduled to get it, with off-contract pricing set to start around the AU $700 mark. The non-waterproof brother of the Z, the ZL, is also expected in Australia, but rumor has it the launch will happen no sooner than April.
Be sure to check out our availability roundup from a while ago if you’re yet to hear news about an official Z visit near you, as well as our more specific updates from India, France, UK, China, New Zealand and Germany. Is there anyone still left out of the equation (besides Americans)?