Sony Xperia Z5 now officially available in the US, Z5 Compact already discounted
Technically, Sony’s three new flagship Android phones, including the Xperia Z5 Premium, have been up for grabs stateside for several months now for people who were in a hurry and didn’t care about warranties.
But official sales, through sanctioned retailers, with manufacturer coverage for first-year hardware malfunctions, are only underway today, at least as far as the “standard” Z5 and Z5 Compact go. The bad news is fingerprint scanners are indeed missing, a controversial decision justified merely on cryptic “business” basis.
On the bright side, Best Buy realized very early prospective Sony Xperia Z5 Compact owners needed a palpable incentive to seal the deal, offering a $50 discount from the get-go. That’s right, B&H Photo Video is yet to remove the 4.6-incher’s pre-order tag, and the competition already sells it for $450 instead of $500 unlocked in graphite black.
Meanwhile, the black 5.2-inch Z5 costs $600 on Amazon, just as Sony recommends, supporting all US GSM carriers, including T-Mobile, AT&T and their respective 4G LTE networks.
Fingerprint recognition notwithstanding, the two phones are about as high-end as mobile technology came in late 2015, delivering everything from Snapdragon 810 processing power to all-day battery life and 23MP photography-taking excellence.
Aside from its smaller footprint, the Z5 Compact also packs less RAM than the Sony Xperia Z5 (2 vs 3GB RAM), with 720p screen resolution yielding a 323 ppi count, compared to 1080p and 428 pixels per inch respectively. No wonder the diminutive flagship is marked down, though the Marshmallow-ready 5.2-incher should probably follow suit if its makers want buyers to forgive them about the biometric authentication tradeoff.