While US-based fans of Xperia gear in general and the exquisite Z5 trio in particular continue to be altogether ignored by Sony, which doesn’t even list the phones as “coming soon” on its local e-store, Europeans can easily purchase the Compact already, and pre-order both the Premium and standard models.
In one decidedly spoiled country on the old continent, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z5 has officially gone on sale a week or so premature, shipping now from retailer Carphone Warehouse. Brits have therefore no reason to wait for Sony to kick off deliveries, especially since the SIM-free prices match.
Through either outlet, you’ll be asked to cough up £549.99 if you want to renounce lengthy carrier agreements, which converts to around $830. Sounds a little on the steep side for an Android handheld that never does 4K, and fails to fully protect you against water immersion, but it’s actually not a lot costlier compared to EU markets.
From Paris to Berlin, and Rome to Madrid, the non-Premium Sony Xperia Z5 commands no-contract tariffs of €699, or $780. Back to the UK Carphone Warehouse’s offers, we’d like to underline you can also choose to “pay monthly”, with no upfront fee for EE service, and £42 obligations every 30 days. Meanwhile, Vodafone and O2 pacts will require you kick in £30 and £60 respectively off the bat, then £40 and £36 a month.
Overall, do you think the Z5 Premium is worth another month or so of waiting, and £80 extra free of contractual restrictions, given the 4K display is capped off at 1,080p resolution most of the time, and besides a larger footprint, the 5.5-incher isn’t in any way superior to the Z5?