According to reports, Sony announced on Thursday that the unlocked versions of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact will become available for purchase in the US starting February 7. The company’s latest flagship devices will be available on Amazon, Best Buy and other major US retailers. The price of the Sony Xperia Z5 will be $600 while the Xperia Z5 Compact will be available for $500. This is the first time the Japanese company has come back to the US market since the launch of the Z3 in 2014. Last year it was said that the company will launch the Xperia Z4v in partnership with Verizon, but the US carrier backed out of the deal just before the intended launch date.
The Sony Xperia Z5 is a great smartphone, with a nice, simple and elegant design, and a 5.2-inch 1080p LEDdisplay. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor and it has an Adreno 430 GPU. It includes 3GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage, which can be extended by up to 200GB thanks to the microSD card slot it features. What really impresses about the Z5 is its 23MP back camera which is able to capture great quality images. The device also has a 5.1MP front-facing camera for video calls and selfies, and a 2900mAh battery that ensures a more than reasonable battery life for the smartphone.
The Compact version of the Xperia Z5 is slightly smaller than the aforementioned model, with a 4.6-inch, 720p display. Apart from the size of the display and a slightly smaller, 2700mAh battery, the features of the Z5 Compact are similar to the ones of the Z5. The smaller and more affordable version of Soy’s latest flagship smartphone is powered by the same Snapdragon 810 processor and Adreno 430 GPU, and it sports the same amazing 23MP back snapper.
The fact that Sony will sell two of the 2015 flagships in the US reflects that the company is serious about coming back to the US smartphone market which is currently dominated by Apple and Samsung. There is no news yet regarding the Xperia Z5 Premium, so we can’t be sure whether this model will also become available in the US at some point or not. So far it seems that US citizens will need to settle for the smaller and a little less impressive versions of the Sony flagship.