Sony CEO confirms Xperia Z coming soon to US carrier

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The Xperia Z was one of the first of this year’s Android flagships to reveal itself, and while it’s clearly not competing on quite the same level as a Galaxy S 4 or even an HTC One, it’s still a really nice smartphone: it’s got a great 1080p display and unlike so many of the other hero devices from major OEMs (at least until the GS4 Active arrives, we suppose), the Xperia Z isn’t afraid of a little water. The problem – at least here in the US – has been getting your hands on the phone. Sure, you could order it from a third-party retailer, but let’s not kid ourselves; smartphone users in the States expect to get their phones from carriers themselves. Sony’s got that covered, and today CEO Kaz Hirai confirmed that a US carrier will soon be offering the Xperia Z.

That’s cool, but just who, exactly? Hirai didn’t elaborate, but you might recall that we’ve already seen what appeared to be an Xperia Z sporting T-Mobile livery. Add in an FCC appearance with T-Mobile frequency support, and we’re looking a pretty nice circumstantial case for the Xperia Z finding a home at T-Mobile.

And for those of you so enthralled by all the news of Nexus-style Google Edition hardware, take note: the Xperia Z may not be part of Google’s latest project, but Sony itself maintains an AOSP project for the Xperia Z, making it developer (and hence, custom ROM) friendly.

Source: Engadget

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