Sony has never been particularly aggressive when it comes to getting its phones into the hands of U.S. consumers, but it really dropped the ball with the Xperia Z2, as it never made its way to any U.S.carrier and was only sold in unlocked form. With the Xperia Z3, things are looking a bit better.
T-Mobile has already been confirmed as a partnering carrier and will receive the handset right around the same time as other global carriers do. But what about the rest of the Xperia Z3 family? Thanks to Sony’s official US website we’ve seen the first indication that the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact will all be made available stateside. All three devices now have pre-register pages and are listed as coming soon.
Of course the pages don’t tell us whether Sony simply plans to sell the devices in unlocked form via its webstore (similar to the Z2) or if they plan to release the Z3 Compact and LTE version of the Z3 Tablet Compact to another carrier. For what it’s worth, Sprint has been rumored to be getting a flagship Xperia phone, which (if true) could end up being the Z3 or Z3 Compact. It’s also possible that T-Mobile could partner with Sony to offer the entire range of devices.
We wouldn’t get our hopes up one way or another, but it would certainly be nice to see Sony embrace the U.S. market in a bigger way this time around. What do you think, would you be interested in picking up the Z3, Z3 Compact or LTE-equipped Z3 Tablet Compact if they arrived through a major U.S. carrier?