Sony didn’t exactly play all its cards right in terms of US availability for the Xperia Z5 trio, launching the high-end phones a little late, a little pricey and a little crippled. Worse yet, the Xperia X trio entered the equation perhaps a little early, though they’re only set to commercially roll out in the summer.
Can something still be done to save the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium from premature oblivion? Well, “global” Android Marshmallow updates are definitely a first step in the correct direction, and at least as far as the diminutive model goes, the bang for buck factor is starting to feel just right.
You have Amazon and Best Buy to thank for that, both retailers now charging $400 instead of the $500 MSRP with US-valid warranties, and no catches whatsoever. No contractual obligations, no rebates, no nothing. You’re even free to pick between white and black flavors on Amazon, while BB only has the former on sale.
Fancy a swankier Sony Xperia Z5 Compact? B&H sells the 4.6-inch phone in coral and yellow too, asking $460 a pop however. Meanwhile, the cheapest 5.2-inch Z5 with a US warranty is still $540 through Amazon, and an “international”, no-warranty 5.5-inch Z5 Premium costs $615 and up.
Keep in mind that American versions of both the Xperia Z5 Compact and “standard” Z5 are devoid of fingerprint recognition when considering your purchase. Nonetheless, the mini-flagship is well worth 400 bucks, what with its water-resistant body, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 2GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 23 and 5MP cameras, and quick-charging 2,700 mAh battery.