Sony’s new flagship, first known as the Yuga and then as the Xperia Z, stopped being a secret a while ago, so you can’t say we’re very surprised to see it on display at CES. Even the 5-incher’s spec sheet was more or less an open book for weeks now, so no surprises there either.
But what we didn’t know and hoped to hear about in Las Vegas was the monster phone’s ETA and pricing. Unfortunately, Sony insists to keep us on our toes, so we only got an ambiguous Q1 2013 as a release timeframe during the company’s CES press conference.
Then again, Sony can’t stop retailers and carriers from spilling the beans to build the hype, so we now have the first official word from a future Xperia Z seller. Phones4U in UK will have the big guy up for grabs starting on March 1 both online and in retail stores.
Naturally, pricing is kept under wraps by the British retailer too, but if you pre-register on Phones4U’s website, you should be updated with further news in the coming weeks.
As for carriers expected to sell the Z, the only one who’s being able to confirm anything at this time is Vodafone (though no ETA has been announced). However, we know from Phones4U that the handheld is due to land on “a range of networks”, so launches on EE, O2 and Three are all in the cards.
Meanwhile, we still don’t know a single thing about ZL’s release in “selected markets” or Z’s landing in the US, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for you and come back with whatever news we get ASAP.