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Update: Sony Xperia XZ Premium now up for pre-order in the US
As promised, pre-orders have begun today. The Xperia XZ Premium goes for $799.99 and you can grab it straight from Best Buy. There are two colors to pick from: Luminous Chrome and Bronze Pink.
Are any of you signing up? Our review is in the works, so stick around if you are still on the fence about it.
Original post (5/31): Over three months after it was officially announced at MWC 2017, Sony’s latest flagship phone, the Xperia XZ Premium, will finally go on sale in mid-June in the US. Online pre-orders will begin on June 12, via Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s and other retailers. Brace yourself for some sticker shock: the unlocked phone will have the very high-end price of $799.99. Shipments of the phone will begin on June 19.
The Xperia XZ Premium will have a 5.5-inch 4K LCD screen with HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, along with Gorilla Glass 5. Inside, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Android 7.1 Nougat, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add more storage. The phone will also have a 19 MP rear camera with the ability to capture slow-motion video at 960 fps. Finally, it will also have a 3,230 mAh battery. The US version will lack its side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is available in other markets.
The phone will have three color options: Luminous Chrome, Deepsea Black, and Bronze Pink. It will support GSM cellular networks such as the ones supported by AT&T and T-Mobile.
Sony also announced that June 12 will be the date for pre-orders to begin in the US for the mid-range Xperia XA1 Ultra, with shipments to begin on June 21. It will also go on sale in retail stores starting on July 2. Sony did not reveal a price for the Xperia XA1 Ultra. It has a 6-inch 1080p display and inside it will have a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card that can support up to 256 GB of additional storage. It will also have a 23 MP rear camera, a 16 MP front-facing camera and a 2,700 mAh battery. It will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
Finally, Sony has announced where and when you can buy its semi-experimental Xperia Touch projector. This device can project an Android-based screen on a wall, floor, table or any flat surface so that owners can interact with the display, just like they would with an Android tablet. Pre-orders for the Xperia Touch will begin on June 16 for the super-high price of $1,699.99. It will only be available in one location in the US, the Sony Square display room at 25 Madison Ave in New York City.