This is unfortunately the price you're still expected to pay for a Sony phone.
Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia XZ, has made its way out in some regions around the world and is now ready to hit the U.S. as well. Starting on October 2, you'll be able to pick up an unlocked Xperia XZ for a hefty $699 from both Amazon and Best Buy, among other partnering retailers.
The Xperia XZ takes over very quickly after the delayed U.S. launch of the Xperia X Performance (which itself is already down to $585 unlocked), but this is indeed a full replacement for that phone. The Xperia XZ has a solid metal build with signature Sony design, a really nice 5.2-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor. It also has waterproofing, stereo speakers and Sony's best mobile camera setup yet.
Unfortunately it's lacking a fingerprint sensor in the U.S., which is pretty ridiculous considering the suggested retail price of the phone and continues to be a trend with Sony's phones here. Nonetheless, if the Xperia XZ seems like the complete package you've been waiting for in the U.S., you're just over a week away from being able to order.
If you're looking for something from Sony that's a bit smaller and less expensive, the new Xperia X Compact, which was announced alongside the XZ, is already up for pre-order on Amazon for $499 — it launches officially on September 25.
SONY ANNOUNCES PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FOR XPERIA™ XZ AND XPERIA X COMPACT IN THE UNITED STATES
Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") is pleased to announce that Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ will be available unlocked in the United States starting September 25, 2016 for the Xperia X Compact and October 2, 2016 for Xperia XZ.
Both smartphones can be purchased on Amazon, Best Buy and other participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $499.99 and $699.99, respectively, and will support GSM networks.
The all new Xperia XZ represents the ultimate in Sony Xperia's state-of-the-art camera, video and audio capabilities. It starts with the introduction of Sony's allnew triple image sensing technology to the highly advanced 23MP camera, combining Predictive Hybrid Autofocus with two new sensors—Laser Autofocus and RGBC Infrared sensors—to clearly capture any moment in life with ease and accuracy in any light conditions with true-to-life colors. Video capabilities in Xperia XZ now include 4K recording and enhancements to our best-in-class SteadyShot® technology that deliver the most stable videos with the world's first 5-axis video stabilization in a smartphone.
Beyond the camera and video advancements, Xperia XZ features an updated stereo dual microphone system with integrated noise cancellation to ensure that the immersive 3D stereo sound quality and reduced background noise match the outstanding 4K video quality. All of these features, along with a 5.2-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Full HD display and a stunning loop surface design inspired by a monolithic form made with ALKALEIDO™ metal, gives you a stylish, durable and powerful smartphone loaded with the latest in audio-visual innovation from Sony.
For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia X Compact brings the same state-of-the-art camera, video and audio capabilities in a compact design that fits great in your pocket, purse or bag, as well as in your hand. Boasting a durable 4.6-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 HD 720p TRILUMINOS™ display, Xperia X Compact also boasts the world's first 5-axis video stabilization with fully enhanced SteadyShot image stabilization technology, allowing users to record smoother videos on the move or close up.