Sony talks US availability (or lack thereof) for latest Xperia models
April’s almost ready to start wrapping up, so it’s only fitting that we revisit a story that helped kick-off the month. Back then, we were wondering about Sony’s plans for sales of the new Xperia Z2, and specifically what the situation would look like in North America. We got a little update about the phone’s arrival up north in Canada, but were left hanging when it came to the US. This week we finally get an answer, but it’s not great news.
While Canada will see the Z2 arrive in May, the US won’t have a crack at the phone until sometime this summer, likely putting the release in July or later. There’s also no word about any carrier interest, and while there may still be time for that to come together, shoppers planning on picking up the Z2 may have to order the handset from Sony directly, and do without subsidies in the process.
We also get an update about the Z1 Compact, but while the Z2 will at least come to the US eventually, we’re not as lucky with the Z1 Compact, and Sony has explained that it has no current plans to bring the phone to the US in any shape or form. That’s unfortunate, but as TechCrunch reminds us, not that surprising considering Sony’s stated desire to downplay US sales as it concentrates on building up its brand elsewhere.