Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact heading to US on 7 February

by XB on 14th January 2016

in Xperia Z5 series


Xperia Z5 US_2Better late than never? The official Sony Mobile website has confirmed that both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact will arrive in the United States on 7 February. There is no hint of any carrier support and given the time since the handsets launched globally, the most likely outcome is that these models will be available unlocked SIM-free from select retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy and B&H. The Xperia Z5 is expected to cost US$599.99, with the Xperia Z5 Compact costing US$499.99.

If you are in the US, are you happy to hear this news – were you patiently waiting for models to arrive with official warranty or did you give up and go with a different brand? Or did you just buy the international model months ago? We’d love to hear your views below.

Xperia Z5 US_1

Xperia Z5 US_2

Thanks Donnie, Marco, Pace and P.RB!

  • Katie Pollard

    As I posted on another comment here, I just pulled the trigger on the Gold E6653 model from Amazon this morning before this news broke. Do you think this news means I will have warranty coverage on the E6653? Do you know what model number will be available in the US? Would I have been better off buying on February 7th?

  • My girlfriend was on the verge of importing the Z5 Compact. But we’re curious to see if it has the same band support as the international, as she’s about to travel internationally and might still benefit from that model if the US one is more limited.

  • PRATHAMESH GOVEKAR

    Finally! Nice news :)

  • Mahir007

    I recommend cancelling your order and if it has already shipped then just return as most likely you will not get ANY support from Sony US if you didn’t buy a US model.

  • James

    I wonder where the Z5 Premium is, perhaps it is coming later on?

  • Katie Pollard

    I just put in a cancellation request with Amazon. Hopefully it can be cancelled before they ship it. I’ll wait to see what details are available for this US release.

  • Rene Pedroso

    Purchased mine months ago, E6853 – Chrome

  • Paul

    Does anybody have evidence that Sony Mobile USA won’t provide warranty support on international models? Sony Mobile USA told me they would support my UK Z3 D6603 on two separate occasions. The only caveat was a potentially longer repair time to obtain specific international parts if needed.

  • Eric Edwards

    So I went to the site and is the usa website still shutdown that it won’t let you order anything? I see z4 tablet there but no way to BUY things.

  • Eric Edwards

    If she has Tmobile then she doesn’t get charged much to go outside USA

  • I know. Mostly just concerned about band support. Or does using the T-Mobile roaming features lock her to only bands T-Mobile supports?

  • Katie Pollard

    Looks like I was too late. It shows as shipped now. Guess I’ll have to see about returning it. I wish we could get details on how this US model compares to the international models, and how warranty support is affected.

  • Eric Edwards

    Tmobile uses same frequency that most GSM countries use. Is she going, to Europe?

  • Eric Edwards

    My next request is that they put some sort of financing options on their website to buy these phones.

  • Denmark and Sweden.

  • fluxx

    Wow, I did not realize that it is not available in the U.S. yet.

  • Eric Edwards

    Should be totally fine. So either keep us sim in there or put Swedish and Denmark sim in there. But she’ll get Denmark number with Danish sim.

  • That’s with T-Mobile’s standard bands?

  • theskig

    I don’t think you will have any problem here in Europe. Usually is America that uses weird frequencies.

  • agramonte

    Nice, wish they do what HTC did with the A9 and got Band 7 and WiFi calling on Tmobile even if not from the tmobile store. I had to go back to a Tmobile branded Z3 so I could get the wi-fi calling again. I would get the compact right away.

  • American variants have been known to drop some international bands, though. Even Nexus phones generally have US-focused and International models. She’s planning further travel down the line, too, so we’re just trying to find the most versatile.

  • crazychef83

    the site’s store is closed all it does is direct you to the nearest retailer that sells the product. the same with the tv’s and everything they sell

  • crazychef83

    Well i Pulled the trigger on the Z5 Premium when it was first available. This is the first time that I am going to say this.

    Sony really needs to re focus and think how to get in the US market. Can’t they do a World launch all at the same time. I’m sure that they could even make a phone available right after they present it. if they could do that I think they would break what everyone is use to waiting for a few months after presentation.

  • lovebmw

    At least make it with the latest android os for the love of God

  • Eric Edwards

    Phone should give you all bands you need to work on tmobile and overseas. With tmobile plans free texting and 2g data on her trip. Calls 20 cents per min unless on WiFi calling.

  • Eric Edwards

    So do you think that will change? Can you send me the link to the list of retailers? I don’t know any here.

  • Svnjay

    Does everyone have a girlfriend?

  • Jacky

    I was in hong kong last month and i purchased the z5 green single SIM with warranty already. Everything is working well with Tmobile US right now.
    I paid 730USD, came with the official style cover case, one soft gel TPU case, 3000mAh portable charger, toshiba 16gb micro sd, front and back protector, and a well designed phone stand/pen/highlighter for my desk.

  • Jacky

    not sure about the z5c, i have the z5 from hong kong and it’s working well with tmobile. i’m able to get 3g/LTE signals in Seattle area

  • That wasn’t really the concern, though. I’m trying to figured out if the new US variant will have the same level of overseas support.

  • Jacky

    According to gsmarena the z5c has 2 variants so far, both E5803, E5823 have the same band support. Only difference is one supports LTE cat4, and one supports cat6.

    Let’s hope they won’t make a new variant for US unlocked device.

  • Jacky

    For my last phone, the Xperia ZR unlocked that was purchased through sony US, was one of the existing variants. It was not specially a US variant.

  • azzido

    shouldn’t it be Z6 at this time???

  • landjo77

    I gave up and bought a Nexus 6P

  • Katie Pollard

    Can someone please confirm what model is coming to the US? Will it be the same E6653 model I purchased from Amazon this morning? I couldn’t cancel the order, and it’s scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. Wondering if I should keep it, or try to return it. I want to have a US warranty on the phone.

  • Morgan Shane Parry

    I love their products but their supports sucks. Its even worse than Verizon’s and that’s saying something. The two mixed together is a lack luster experience. I think I’m done buying Sony products.

  • Katie Pollard

    I posted a comment on the Sony Mobile US Facebook post about the Z5. Hopefully they will respond.

  • Wolf0491

    it should give ou a list i thought. I think they are using Amazon and best buy etc

  • Wolf0491

    I’ve never had a problem with my international models with US warranty request. They just tell me it may take longer if they have to use parts from overseas. Sent mine in few months ago because yellow spots were on my screen and got it back before 2 weeks were up. I do remember a couple years ago having to send something and having bad experience. So either I was lucky this time or they recently improved.

  • That’s helpful. Suggests how they’ll handle this one.

  • Mahir007

    Ohh right, in my friend’s case they outright refused to help him since he used to have a UK model Z2 and more recently with his Z3 (both had issues with the camera), so he had to send the phones to me then I called up the uk sony mobile support center and acted like they were my phones in order to get them repaired and took less than a week before they were sent back to me which was cool but yeah, guess if you get a international model in the US you either get lucky with support or not.

  • Sir William

    I bought an international version.

  • Wolf0491

    That’s crazy that they refused. I have the dual Sim model Z3. My support Center was Laredo, texas. Or that’s where I shipped it anyway. This was in like October. Maybe something changed recently? Haha Idk.

  • Katie Pollard

    Just saw this blurb on The Verge:

    “Update January 14th, 4:20PM ET: Sony has informed us that the US version of the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will not include a fingerprint sensor. This article has been changed to reflect this.”

    WOW!! Lame move Sony. Guess I’ll just keep the international model that I ordered from Amazon this morning.

  • raju

    I want z5 compact from India

  • raju

    Am also using z1 compact

  • DanielGearSolid

    Wat the fuuuuudge….

    *siiiigggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh*

    Sony… Why???

  • DarkMaster

    LOL people believe posts on the Verge?They are marketing department and not credible source at all !!

  • Katie Pollard

    Well there is no mention of the fingerprint sensor on the US Xperia Z5 page. The Global Xperia Z5 page makes it a big point of the phone. Looks to me like The Verge might be right about this.

    http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-z5/
    http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-z5/

  • Katie Pollard

    Yup just compared the US site to the Global site. US specs on top, Global specs on bottom. Fingerprint sensor is definitely missing from the US model. What possible reason could Sony have for such a stupid move? The fingerprint sensor was one of the biggest selling points for me. Glad I have an international model on the way tomorrow.

  • Vicky

    For chrissake where’s the goddamn marshmallow update?

  • David Horvath

    The prices on expansys are lower than the USA models… plus you get Japan certification and the fingerprint sensor on those versions.

    Huge Xperia fan and have one of each in every color since the first Z, but baffled by Sony mobile USA.

  • Manuel Maldonado Turcios

    Bought Galaxy Note 5. :(

  • jamie evans

    If it was coming to T-Mobile or Verizon, it would be much better… Unlocked ones won’t be widespread

  • illstplaya .

    No sure if I should get this or wait for the z6 so I can have the 820… But then there’s the possibility the Sony does not release a z6 or changes the design which I would not like because I like the current design. Bad thing about getting the z5 is the bad battery life from the 810 but of course it has all the upgrades that my z1s does not have.

  • paul_cus

    Bought the international model.

  • crazychef83

    go here from your pc and you will see on the left of the screen next to the tablet a purple tab that says buy now at amazon

    http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/tablets/xperia-z4-tablet/

  • RockStar2005

    I hear ya man. It’s tough to wait on them, especially when there’s no guarantee of a U.S. release, until they finally decide to. lol But the 6P would’ve been my next choice too………that, or wait for the HTC M10/02 in March/April(?).

  • RockStar2005

    Wow, good catch Katie. That is primo stupido! lol Why don’t you just take out the waterproofing/dustproofing certification too? Or better yet, Stamina Mode?! lol The int’l model sounds like the way to go. Or like me, just wait for the Z6 (or HTC One M10/02? lol).

  • Akand

    I think you guys are wrong. According to Sony website rules, if any feature/specification is market variable, then they mark that one with 5 star (*****). And any version of Sony website doesn’t mark fingerprint sensor with any star. That means it’s a basic specification of Z5.
    Just follow their conditions.

  • RockStar2005

    They might be right this time Dark, but normally The Verge sucks! lol I’ve seen them bash the Xperia Z phones before, and in a pretty rough way too. Not a big fan of them.

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah you might be right Jamie. The Z3 T-Mobile Edition had 32 GBs of internal memory, while the international one I believe only had 16.

  • Akand

    I think you guys are wrong. According to Sony website rules, if any feature/specification is market variable, then they mark that one with 5 star (*****). And any version of Sony website doesn’t mark fingerprint sensor with any star. That means it’s a basic specification of Z5.
    Just follow their conditions…

  • Akand

    I think you guys are wrong. According to Sony website rules, if any feature/specification is market variable, then they mark that one with 5 star (*****). And any version of Sony website doesn’t mark fingerprint sensor with any star. That means it’s a basic specification of Z5.
    Just follow their conditions..

  • RockStar2005

    F yeah!! lol Bring that bad boy out already, or at least give us a date! Release it this Spring or Summer latest, then stick to a once a year schedule, preferably in the Spring.

  • RockStar2005

    They kinda DID do that when they released the Z3 (my current phone) back in September 2014. T-Mobile got it like 6 weeks later (October 29th), which I say is not great but really good. So they ARE capable of doing it, they just keep choosing not too. They need to do that, advertise much more in the U.S. than they are, and get all 4 major carriers on board!! Most ppl don’t wanna pay for their phone upfront, including me.

    They need to get some big name actors on board to do advertisements. Forget Bond………. how about George Clooney? How about Bradley Cooper? I dunno……. J. Law?! The last 2 already work for Sony anyway. I still like Clooney the best, but why not try different actors out? They need to go BIG in 2016 or go home. And by “go BIG” I mean in the U.S. In European countries like Sweden, they advertise a lot and there they’re as big if not bigger than Samsung! Sounds like some Twilight Zone sh*t lol, but who says it can’t be like that here?! F Samsung and their antiquated physical home buttons. Yuck!

  • Paul

    It appears that B&H Photo will be selling the Z5 Compact E5803. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1212087-REG/sony_1298_3518_xperia_z5_compact_e5803.html

  • Paul

    It appears the USA Z5 Compact will be the E5803. I haven’t seen anything to indicate there will be no fingerprint scanner. The only difference is that the E5803 has Cat 4 LTE as opposed to Cat 6 LTE for the International E5823. I haven’t seen any info for the standard size USA Z5 yet.

  • iia3ezu

    With the other flagships on the horizon (Snapdragon 820, MWC 2016), it’s only now that Sony brings the Z5 to the USA. Shows you how little they care about the US market. LOL.

    The pink Xperia Z5 is quite lame too. Should have made pink available at launch.

  • Abhi

    Seriously, comes to the US like 2-3 months before the next one releases or is expected to release. Kind of lame considering US carriers have all moved away from subsidies with Sprint being the last to do so this month.

  • MurF-A-Zoid

    I say they could be right buddy. If you compare the too Sony Sites. The USA site doesn’t show the picture of the finger sensor.

    The Sony global site does show it.

  • MurF-A-Zoid

    I say they could be right buddy. If you compare the too Sony Sites. The USA site doesn’t show the picture of the finger sensor. The Sony global site does show it. Just check them both out and right after the title
    (Doesn’t mind a little rain) with a man holding a newspaper above his head with the Sony Z5 in his hand. Then you’ll see that the Sony USA site shows a women holding the cellphone title (What if every day had more hours?). Then the Sony Global site you see Sony Z5 phone finger sensor title (The phone that knows it’s you). This is a stupid move from you Sony! I hope were all wrong about this.

  • MurF-A-Zoid

    I say they could be right buddy. If you compare the too Sony Sites. The USA site doesn’t show the picture of the finger sensor. The Sony global site does show it. Just check them both out and right after the title
    (Doesn’t mind a little rain) with a man holding a newspaper above his head with the Sony Z5 in his hand. Then you’ll see that the Sony USA site shows a women holding the cellphone title (What if every day had more hours?). Then the Sony Global site you see Sony Z5 phone finger sensor title (The phone that knows it’s you). This is a stupid move from you Sony! I hope were all wrong about this.

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  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    i thought American people only care about iphone??? or nexus or samsung s6+

  • Eric Edwards

    Thanks or I could just turn my phone horizontally lol thanks again. I’m going to wait until I hear more about fingerprint scanner. I may just buy z5 premium.

  • Eric Edwards

    I agree with you 100 percent Katie. I’m furious if they took out fingerprint scanner on home button unless there were too many bugs. I tweeted sony well see what happens. I’m tired of being treated like this by Sony a company and its products I used to love. Not when you make me wait all this time then give me second class phone. If that’s the case I’d rather buy something else with life proof case or z5 premium that I know will have all the great qualities.

  • JHMBB2

    It doesn’t look like they’re offering the Z5 Premium?

  • Uzair Syed

    Too late. Got the Z3v under contract on black Friday…

  • Timel

    I understand you,

    Can’t help Sony does itself, Sony is fucking stupid and double standard, It supposed to be one standard for the whole world, what is they thinking? It’s so shame that Z5 family comes to the U.S. too late furthermore the U.S. version still has no fingerprint sensor while Samsung is going to launch Galaxy S7 next few weeks from now

    It sounds like Sony just wanna go bankrupt!
    Of course next month Sony’s Z5 family will has nothing to compete with Samsung’s S7 family So the key is the price of Z5 family!

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  • DarkMaster

    Like I said all those major tech sites are marketing departments and far from credible sources they will talk good about those who buy most add spaces on their pages(since big company’s like samsung,lg,apple can’t just pay them directly) and who sponsor them them the most(supplying them with various devices and equipment).

    for example reviewer on the verge said that fingerprint sensor on Z5 is bad and have many false reading which is not true and on contrary is definitely one of the best better than on the S6 and you just need to set it properly but reviewer was intentionally lazy to do so.

  • RockStar2005

    Dark,

    Yeah I read reviews saying it’s (fingerprint sensor) is great on the Z5, but my one cousin said he read a few (I’m sure The Verge was one of them lol) saying it was bad. Oh well. I’m waiting (or not waiting?) for the Z6 anyway. Or else the HTC One M10/02.

    I have the Z3 now and it works great although I had to get a replacement a couple weeks ago cuz the battery outta nowhere started draining too fast, and even a factory reset didn’t fix it (only was good a week). If HTC FINALLY gets a Sony camera and it performs well, I may switch back since my old M8 was VERY similar feature-wise to my Z3 (i.e. double-tap to wake, stereo front-facing speakers, premium look, etc). I had no issues with my M8, but the battery drain thing has happened a couple times with my last Z3, but factory resets fixed it. I think it has something to do with a bug in the Stamina Mode option, but not sure. We’ll see.

  • Timel

    It’s not just too late, furthermore the U.S. version of Z5 also has no fingerprint sensor…Seriously? While Samsung, LG and Huawei are preparing to launch their new flagship phones in the U.S. next month?

    What the heck is Sony thinking right now?
    There has no chance that the smartphone like Z5 will be able to compete with newer and (definitely) cooler rivals like Galaxy S7, LG G5

    Still don’t understand why companies like Samsung and LG can start selling their flagship smartphones in the U.S. officially one week after launched (even Huawei which is going to catch up Samsung and LG in U.S. market right now) while Sony can’t do the same.

    Gosh! Sony is the most inefficient electronic company in the world, and if Sony still run the business like this, Sony will never be able to win Apple, Samsung, LG or even Chinese manufacturer like Huawei… Goodbye Sony!

  • Timel

    Really? The Verge is right, Sony already confirmed that U.S. version Z5 will not come up with fingerprint scanner

  • Timel

    How do you sure that the verge is wrong, my friend has Z5 he also complain about its fingerprint scanner as well, sometimes fingerprint scanner on Z5 is slower than S6

    Stop trying to be a blind fan, Z5 isn’t perfect at all

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  • Miguel Ortiz

    This would have been good news in September, and if it had the finger print scanner

  • Plutocracy

    I waited so long for this phone. I was willing to accept no USB-C, no Qi charging, no
    all- metal construction, no DAC, no OIS, lower-than-average audio
    levels, and an oddly placed volume rocker, but if/when Sony removed the
    finger print scanner, they turned a flagship into a caboose. They just
    ate 60 -70% of their U.S. profitability since finger printer scanners
    are the hot feature right now. Sad. I will wait for other mfgs. new models released this spring.

  • aseuss

    Engadget put it best: “US carriers have been noticeably wary of carrying Sony smartphones; despite generally solid reviews (like our own) Sony has had perhaps the most difficulty cracking the US market of any major smartphone maker.” Wall Street Journal made a similar observation a year ago, noting the Xperia Z’s ‘rave reviews’ and then pointing out Sony’s problem is carrier support. So each of us has got to go to our respective carrier and demand that they carry the Xperia Z series. I contacted T-Mobile and the person was very enthusiastic and promised to send the request to the higher-on-ups. This isn’t just so that the US gets phones. It’s so everyone continues to enjoy Sony phones. Because if Xperia doesn’t have at least a small presence in the US, then there won’t be any Xperia phones at all. That means no deciding on whether to get the international version…because there will be no Sony Mobile, period.
    So: contact your carrier and request that they carry Xperia Z5. Tell them its an easy sell: waterproof, 23mp camera, fastest autofocus, great battery life, easy brand recognition.

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