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Smartwatch 2 also seeing a Stateside launch alongside Sony's latest high-end handsets

Literally days after Sony CEO Kaz Hirai seemingly poured water on a Sony breakout in the U.S, today we're treated to the news of three new device launches. The Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Smartwatch 2 will all be available to purchase in the United States. 

The Xperia Z Ultra is available from today at Sony's online store at $649.99 for the HSPA+ version and $679.99 for LTE. For that you're getting a monstrous 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internal storage is a slim 16GB, expandable via microSD card, and it will be available in black, white and purple. 

The Xperia Z1 is available in HSPA+ form only at a price of $669.99. Arguably Sony's finest Android handset to date, one of the marquee features of the recently launched Z1 is that 20.7MP Sony G-Lens camera on the rear. Round the front you're looking at a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display, with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM underneath with 16GB of on-board, and expandable storage. It's also waterproof, if that's important to you. Both the Z1 and the Z Ultra are available now from Sony's U.S. online store, select Sony brick-and-mortar stores and selected online retailers. 

The Sony Smartwatch 2 is the follow up to the original Smartwatch, and can be paired with Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It promises 3-4 days battery life, easy setup via NFC and an 'Android like' user interface. Our early hands-ons with the Smartwatch 2 find it lacking a little when compared to something like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it also costs much less. The Smartwatch 2 can be had via the same channels as the two phones, and can be yours for $199.95. 

You'll find links to the Sony Store at the source below, and be sure to check out our extensive review and hands on coverage with the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 review | Sony Xperia Z Ultra hands-on

 

Source: Sony

 

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Sony announces U.S. availability of Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

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Awesome. Now anyone want to loan me approximately $600 bucks?

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Yeah of course now you do it.

A bit late don't you think? Oh well I decided on the note anyway but would have loved that camera

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Agreed - too much too late. If Sony would've sold this in the US in March/April, I would've purchased outright. Now I'm too content with my HTC One.

You were lead wrong. Unless you are on a highway or in NYC, tmo sucks

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Sooooooo disappointing. I was really hoping to see a Z1 on all carriers(VZW). Oh well. I'll just throw the S4 in a waterproof case I guess.

Well, so much for being torn between the Z1 and the Nexus 5. A lack of LTE is a deal breaker, even as I transition to Tmo's 4th-place LTE coverage.

Sony has some pretty great handsets you can buy. Some don't have the sirs of these, bit are cheaper and have LTE. Some s are still also 3G as well. Of the Z1 went so expensive, I would buy it. Nexus 5, here I come!

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Great loved the original Z. Now this one. No LTE no deal breaker. Isn't like I am getting LTE where I live anyway. So and 3G+ does everything well too. Never had issues streaming and downloading things.

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For the US people: well yes its pity that the Z1 is only HSPA+ as sold by Sony USA and their affiliates, but the Z1 LTE is available from Negri Electronics (Sony C6903 model). I suppose its a question of final price.

This makes me wonder if the rumored T-Mobile Z1 will come to fruition at all and have LTE if it's not just a rumor.

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It is ironical that even two months after the release, no carriers have made xperi z1 available in the US market. Seems like Sony sure has some issues with US Carriers.