One of the key pieces of information about any new piece of technology, price, was sadly missing from Sony’s CES press conference. Well, a number of retailers have put the handset on pre-order, highlighting that this will be one of the most expensive Xperia handsets seen to date.
German retailers have the Xperia Z on pre-order for €649, which is the RRP in the region. O2 Germany has also announced it will carry the handset. We would expect pricing in other European countries such as France, Italy and Spain to be very similar. However, this is just pre-order pricing – we may see it appear slightly lower than RRP closer to launch.
In the UK, it looks like sim-free pricing for the Xperia Z will be around the £530 mark. Retailer Clove has both black and white versions up for pre-order at £528. Handtec has it on sale for a slightly cheaper £520. Other retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U have pages to register your interest. Carphone says it expects the handset in late February. In terms of UK carriers, the handset will head to O2 (which has exclusive dibs on the Purple version), Three and Vodafone. This just leaves EE (Orange/T-Mobile) in the UK, although EE may yet announce plans to stock the handset closer to launch.
The handset has also appeared to pre-order in other countries such as Sweden where it is up for SEK 6,295 (£598, €734). In Poland, the handset will set you back PLN 2,799 (£554, €680). In Finland, the Xperia Z is up for pre-order at Gigantti for €739 [Thanks Joni!]
Has the Xperia Z appeared for pre-order in your region? If so, please let us know what price it is in your country and provide names/links to retailers where possible to help others out.