The moment you’ve all been waiting for (not you, Mr. Bond) has finally come. Following the smallest of the Sony Xperia Z5 trio, and the well-balanced Full HD 5.2-inch configuration, the 4K-capable (sometimes at least) Z5 Premium is now up for grabs in a number of markets on the old continent.
We’re talking actual availability, where deliveries are possible in a matter of days, not mere pre-orders, with vague shipping due dates. On British shores, the 5.5-inch Lollipop powerhouse costs £629 ($955) direct from Sony, but that’s hardly the most sensible purchasing method.
Instead, you should likely consider taking your business to Carphone Warehouse or Unlocked Mobiles, as the two retailers “only” charge £600 ($915), VAT included, for a SIM-free Android handheld. Meanwhile, Clove sells the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium at a heftier £629, also throwing in a complimentary BSP10 wireless speaker and SBH60 headphones, typically worth £140 ($215).
Not looking to spend a fortune upfront? Then it’s back to Carphone Warehouse for you, where pay-monthly plans start at £49 with £0 down, or £40 if you’re willing to cough up £60 off the bat and settle for just 2GB data. The carrier choice is between Vodafone, O2 and EE, and you can get the Z5 Premium in black or chrome.
Other Sony Mobile e-shops in Europe will require €800 to €830 ($860 – $895) payments sans contractual obligations, with black and gold paint jobs readily available in most markets, but the chrome flavor slightly harder to come by.
Buyers in countries like France or Italy can score 30 percent discounts on the Sony SmartWatch 3, whereas stateside, your only option remains to shell out $820 or so on Amazon, and forget about the convenience of a domestically valid warranty. Sorry, America!