Even though these devices have been available in Europe and beyond for over 6 months, those in the US are just about getting their chance to pick up Sony’s newest smartphones. It has just been announced by Sony that the Xperia Z5 and its tiny cousin the Z5 Compact will be available from Amazon, Best Buy and B&H on February 7 for $599 and $499, respectively and it shall been unlocked.
The launch of Sony’s new flagships has been low key, this can only be attributed to the reason that US carriers have been noticeably wary of carrying Sony smartphones despite generally solid reviews. Sony has had perhaps the most difficulty cracking the US market of any major smartphone maker. And for a while there, the only Sony smartphone to found on any of the Big Four carriers was a pre-owned Z1S on T-Mobile.
With many of its carrier relationships seemingly soured, an unlocked launch seems the most viable option for them to take.