If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Sony to bring at least one of the super-attractive three new Xperia Z5s stateside, you can keep waiting, buy from unauthorized third-party retailers sans a valid warranty, or settle for the old-at-heart Xperia Z3+.
This “bad boy” is only five or six months old, but it decidedly looks like a yesteryear flagship, sporting Full HD screen resolution, and no fingerprint recognition method. Technically, Americans were supposed to receive an improved variant dubbed Xperia Z4v on Verizon with a Quad HD panel, but Big Red pulled the plug before the launch could happen, hopefully to make room for the Z5 or Z5 Premium.
Back to the Z3 Plus, we should mention the rapidly crumbling 5.2-incher has been available in the US for a while now, yet just like the Z5 trio, you couldn’t get manufacturer warranty support. Well, you can at long last by heading to the US Sony Mobile e-outlet and from there, to B&H Photo Video.
The financially struggling Japanese OEM will have you covered for the standard one-year period after your purchase, and the photo and video equipment store charges $499.99 without contractual obligations or other strings attached.
Only the black and white versions are up for grabs at the time of this writing, with aqua green and copper flavors coming soon. You get to choose what GSM network you want to activate the Sony Xperia Z3+ on, and if you’re patient enough, Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come over-the-air to replace Lollipop. Too little, too late?