Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact are officially coming to the U.S.

by: Darcy LaCouveeJanuary 14, 2016
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It’s no secret that Sony has been struggling in the smartphone market for years now. The reason for this struggle involves numerous factors, though poor marketing and limited presence in North America certainly doesn’t help matters any. Those interested in getting Sony’s latest flagships often have to wait significantly longer than folks in other major markets. The Sony Xperia Z5 family has been no exception to this rule, but the wait in the US is finally over.

A little more than three months after the phone hit the UK, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact have been confirmed for launch in the United States. Unfortunately, the launch is still a bit off, with the phones coming February 7th, priced at $599.99 and $499.99 respectively. Sony has yet to mention any specific plans to bring its 4K-equipped Z5 Premium to North America.

As a quick refresher, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact are powered by a Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM and offer a 23MP rear cam, 5.1MP front cam, 32GB onboard storage, microSD, and waterproofing technology. Where they differ is in screen size and battery, with the Z5 packing a 5.2-inch 1080p display with a 2900 mAh battery. In contrast, the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720p display and a 2700 mAh battery.

As you can see, the specs are quite good, but let’s not forget that the Z5 faces faces substantial competition in the states, and many of its competitors manage to match or trump these specs at even more aggressive price points. For those that prefer a smaller screen size however, there are no other sub-5-inch devices on the market that come close to the power offered by the Z5 Compact.

What do you think, anyone interested in picking up the Z5 or Z5 Compact? If so, what is it about the phone that sells you?

  • josh

    Would have loved to purchase this device, unfortunately Sony decided to wait far to long to bring it to market and I decided to go south the Note 5:)

    • wicketr

      This is beyond late. Qualcomm 820 devices are basically around the corner and are already being debuted to the media. Unless they’re offering these devices for $400, this is going to be a colossal waste of time.

  • Person Dude

    Will they be compatible with CDMA carriers, specifically Verizon? I might jump for one of these if they are.

  • Techn9cian46

    you know that song by 3 Days Grace, Never Too Late… unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to this situation, it is WAY TOO LATE

    • Милен Стефанов

      It’s NOT too late- I’ll be glad to buy Z5 in February… But for no more than $350- only moron will pay $600…

  • patstar5

    Isn’t the z6 coming out next month?

    • Lim Ming Quan

      Not sure, haven’t heard many Z6 rumors and it’s rumoured that Sony’s gonna change to a 9-month cycle.

  • A little too late with Snapdragon 820 devices around the corner. Should have just launched the inevitable Z6 here in 3 months instead.

  • Phil

    I would love to update my Z3 to the Z5 Premium just for the larger screen, unfortunately it’s not coming yet. Hopefully one of the SD 820 powered Z6s has a screen 5.5 or larger.

  • I have a feeling that this will bomb in the US market due to how late it’s being brought over here. Then when the 6 series comes out, Sony won’t release it due to how poorly the 5 series did here.

  • Luctreebusch

    It´s still a great phone, they should just make it a bit cheaper.

  • Josh Streit

    who is going to carry it?

  • Josh Streit

    anyone else want a small one?

  • John Alex Watson

    We’ve had these in Canada since October, I’ve got one right now actually. Killer device.

  • Dávid Róbert

    I’m like both “FINALLY” and “TOO LATE”. Give me a Compact with SD820 and we’re talking.