Sony to sell E6603 Xperia Z5 variant in United States

by XB on 27th January 2016

in Xperia Z5 series


Xperia Z5If any US Sony fans were wondering exactly which variant of the Xperia Z5 Sony plans to launch next month, then a placeholder listing from B&H Photo has the answer. It confirms that it will be selling the E6603 model, which has most of the necessary bands to support AT&T and T-Mobile (the latter lacks 3G support on 1700MHz).

In terms of band support it carriers the same frequencies as the E6653 variant, which we recommended in our USA Xperia Z5 Buyers Guide as the one to go for. The big difference between both variants is that the E6653 supports LTE Cat 6 speeds for 300 Mbps download, whilst the E6603 only supports LTE Cat 4 speeds (up to 150 Mbps download). The US Xperia Z5 is due to launch in the country on 7 February 2016.

Xperia Z5 E6603 frequency support

UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40)

Thanks Scott!

  • fried_egg

    So fingerprint scanner is on board

  • mugglearchitect

    No, theyll still modify it to remove the scanner. Theyre just talking about the bandwidths here. I dont really get why they need to remove it.

  • OzJason

    The removal of the fingerprint scanner is marketing suicide for this product, the only reason I can fathom is that there must be some legal issue specific to the US which makes releasing the product with the fingerprint scanner impossible.

    If it is not this reason, then WTF Sony?

  • Tibor Hornyák

    there is the fp scanner.

    http://dl-developer.sonymobile.com/documentation/whitepapers/Xperia_Z5_E6603_E6653_WP_1.pdf

    “Design: IP65/68 & power button fingerprint sensor”

  • cajunflavoredbob

    The E6603 model does NOT have full T-Mobile support. It lacks AWS band 4 (1700/2100 MHz) support for 3G data. It does support 3G on the PCS band 2 (1900 MHz) spectrum in refarmed areas, but that isn’t available throughout T-Mobile’s entire footprint. If you don’t live in a refarmed area, then your LTE connection (if available) will only have EDGE data to fall back on.

    This combined with the lack of a fingerprint reader makes me think that it’s going to be a different model altogether, just like when they released carrier versions in the states before.

  • XperiaBlog

    Thanks, we had forgotten that 3G support was dropped for this frequency. We have updated the article to reflect this. However, we were under the assumption that the 1700MHz frequency was being used for LTE in some areas?

  • David van der Zande

    The fingerprint scanner is there but you can’t use it.

  • cajunflavoredbob

    Yes. The E6603 works fine with Band 4 LTE (1700/2100 MHz).

  • Sergio

    The Xperia Z5 E6603 DOES have a Fingerprint Scanner.

  • Ambitious Man

    fingerprint scanner????

  • bubimir13

    In user manual found on the product listing site i found Fingerprint manager sections. Link: http://static.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/134626.pdf

  • Zbaeia

    Octa-core Cortex-A53 2000 MHz (1700/2100 MHz) 5.0 in?a Rezolucija 1080×1920 piksela 23.0 megapiksela 5.1 megapiksela 4k video 3072 MB 16384 MB 200000 MB
    Android 6.0 Xperia Z5 (2016) E6603 “”” 300$ 390$ 440$ “”” :) :D

  • Zbaeia

    Octa-core Cortex-A53 2000 MHz (1700/2100 MHz) 5.0 in?a Rezolucija 1080×1920 piksela 23.0 megapiksela 5.1 megapiksela 4k video 3072 MB 16384 MB 200000 MB

    Android 6.0 Xperia Z5 (2016) E6603 “”” 300$ 390$ 440$ “””

  • Zbaeia

    Octa-core Cortex-A53 2000 MHz (1700/2100 MHz) 5.0 in?a Rezolucija 1080×1920 piksela 23.0 megapiksela 5.1 megapiksela 4k video 3072 MB 16384 MB 200000 MB

    Android 6.0 Xperia Z5 (2016) E6603 “”” 300$ 390$ 440$ “””

  • ShortFuse

    The US firmware is already available. Installing it on another E6603 will disable the fingerprint reader. It might be a software removal meaning you might be able to flash another firmware on the US device to get it working it, but I highly doubt it.

  • Yes it will have!

  • It is not removed. It is still there!

  • illstplaya .

    I’m in the U.S. But it’s still better to buy the international version because it’s cheaper. I don’t really care whether or not it has a fingerprint sensor since I’ll never use that anyway but at least the international version has it and it’s still cheaper.

  • fluxx

    As is “water-proof”. Unfortunately, there are some serious bets going on between the marketing and the engineering department, so they try to spoil one feature per market.

  • pipslvr

    T-Mobile is refarming all their HSPA onto the 1900 band and in theory they are only going to use AWS for LTE. If you are planning on using this with T-Mobile USA then it should be as good as it gets, it does have band 12 LTE which T-Mobile is turning on litltle by little.

    If you are planning on travelling and want HSPA on AWS then that’s another story.

    Why Z5 regular/compact/premium models lack AWS HSPA but dual models DO have it it’s one of these misteries of life that will never be solved.

  • Ambitious Man

    But The Verge confirmed NO?

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    The hardware exists. Its just removed from the Firmware. Get the phone and flash another region Firmware.

  • ZoubIWah

    doesnt matter just install the intl unbranded or uk fw… you dont need a us fw for the phone to work in the us

  • MarkG54321

    Watching the press make idiots of themselves by confusing news and rumour

  • I would not be surprised if patents play a role here. If the US version does have the hardware onboard, it is possible Sony received a patent infringement notice from someone regarding the fingerprint scanner. Their quick fix, rather than retool the product, is to disable the scanner in firmware.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    They just software disabled it.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    GUYS, the Z5 and Z5 Compact coming to the United States HAS A FINGERPRINT SENSOR. Its just disabled through software. Rooting and a small software mod (flashable ZIP) will allow you to use the fingerprint sensor.

  • DanielGearSolid

    Is this confirmed?

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Yes, go read the manuals on Sony’s site.

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