Update, September 3: Some pricing information concerning the release of Sony’s new Xperia Z5 series in Europe emerged over night. While there are some variations between retailers and countries, the general idea is the Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium will be relatively pricey.
In the UK Sony Store, the Xperia Z5 Compact costs £549.00, the Xperia Z5 £599.00, and the Xperia Z5 Premium £699.00.
Original post, September 2: Sony took the stage at IFA 2015 and announced its latest smartphone series this morning. This includes the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. We can finally put the rumors to rest and focus on the facts. Now that you know all the details, we are sure your plan is to buy these smartphones as soon as they become available… but when will that be?
While not all information about this has been uncovered, we do know quite a bit about the phone’s release window and different market availability. Let’s run you through the details, shall we? By the way, this post will continue to be updated as soon as we learn more, so keep it bookmarked!
Sony is keeping it pretty hush on the pricing, but they did mention the Xperia Z5 family will be priced competitively with other premium handsets. This likely means they will range somewhere between $500 and $700? I would think so.
As for the actual launch, the Japanese manufacturer confirmed we can expect the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact by October, which is pretty soon. Xperia Z5 Premium customers will have to wait a bit more, though, as the larger handset is expected to launch in November.
United States availability
Sadly, us USA residents are left in the dark; at least for now. Sony has announced no release information for these handsets yet. The same applies for American carriers. We are sure at least one (if not all) of these handsets will make it to the stateside, though. After all, the Japanese manufacturer is good friends with T-Mobile and Verizon.
We’ll definitely let you know as soon as we find out more!
Any of our British readers looking to get a new Xperia Z5 series smartphone? We have both good and bad news for you. Let’s start with the bad: we have no details on the Xperia Z5 Premium release. The good news is that you will have plenty of options for the other two handsets, though.
The Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be available from EE, Vodafone, Virgin, Three and O2.
EE – This carrier is not wasting any time. They plan to offer the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in Graphite Black. Not a fan of the classic look? You can also opt for a golden Xperia Z5.
Virgin – Aside from the Graphite Black Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, Virgin will also offer a couple other colored handsets. Namely, the Xperia Z5 in Green and the Z5 Compact in Coral.
Vodafone – Of course, Vodafone couldn’t stay behind. These guys are looking to cater to the public with Graphite Black versions of both the Z5 and Z5 Compact. Just like Virgin, this carrier couldn’t stay behind and decided to also put the Green Z5 and Coral Z5 Compact in its shelves.
Three – This mobile service provider will be less colorful, but that should be OK for most of us. They will have the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in Graphite Black. A Green Z5 will also be added to the collection.
O2 – Yes, O2 is also offer the same two handsets in Graphite Black. In addition, the Z5 can be purchased in Green and the smaller phone in Yellow.
There’s no details on a Canadian release, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these devices reaching our northern neighbors soon. Likely within the same time frame as the USA.
Of course, there will be plenty of online availability for all Sony smartphones. If you can’t get one officially, you will likely be able to import any of these phones from a plethora of websites. Sony is closing its online stores, though, so you likely can’t get these new Xperia Z5 handsets directly from them.
Know any others?
We try to keep our eyes everywhere, but we know sometimes you catch some details faster than us. Have you heard any more details on availability in your own markets? Please do hit the comments and let us know!