Sony Xperia Z

T-Mobile U.S. has announced that (as was rumored) it'll carry the Sony Xperia Z "in the coming weeks." No pricing was announced. It'll be available in black and, for a limited time, in purple.

The phone looks to be the same that we reviewed some weeks ago -- 5-inch display at 1080p (and with Sony's Bravia 2 engine), 13-megapixel camera and, more important -- it'll work just fine on T-Mobile's fledgling LTE network.

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Xperia® Z from Sony to Make a Splash at T-Mobile this Summer

T-Mobile is the only U.S. mobile provider of Sony’s flagship water-resistant smartphone

BELLEVUE, WA — June 18, 2013 — Continuing to offer customers a wide selection of hot 4G LTE smartphones, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced it will be the exclusive U.S. wireless company to carry the Xperia® Z from Sony.
The Xperia Z packs the best Sony has to offer into a premium Android-powered smartphone. T- Mobile will offer the device on its Simple Choice Plan with no annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a screaming fast, nationwide 4G network with 4G LTE rolling out across the country.

“T-Mobile customers traveling this summer will love the Xperia Z with its big, beautiful HD screen, water-resistant design and advanced camera features,” said Jason Young, vice president of product marketing, T-Mobile. “This is an outstanding combination: a premium 4G LTE smartphone with Sony’s best features coupled with T-Mobile’s unlimited data and speedy nationwide network.”

Simple Choice Plan

With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, Xperia Z customers design their plan based on the number of lines and amount of high-speed data they want. Unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500MB of high-speed data is $50 per month (plus taxes and fees) for the first line. Customers can add another 2GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data and up to 500MB of tethering for an additional $20 per month per line. A second phone line can be added for $30 per month and each additional line is just $10 per month. There are no caps, no overages and no restrictive annual service contracts.

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network

The Xperia Z will seamlessly connect to T-Mobile’s high-speed nationwide 4G HSPA+ network and advanced 4G LTE network wherever it is available, which is expected to reach 100 million people by midyear and 200 million nationwide by the end of the year1. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE rollout complements its existing nationwide 4G network covering 228 million people, which third-party tests show already rivals or beats existing competitive LTE networks in many markets. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is currently available in seven metropolitan areas: Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.

“With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough smartphone to T-Mobile, the breakout carrier in the U.S.,” said Timothy Hernquist, North America Vice President of Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia Z offers customers a beautifully designed, water-resistant premium Android smartphone ready to handle whatever life throws at it.”

Sony went with a stylish and durable physical design with unique technology, content and connectivity all bundled into the Xperia Z. A 5-inch 1080p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 provides super brightness and clarity. The highly-durable design features tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back and the highest levels of dust- and water-resistance2 (IP55 and IP57) in a premium smartphone. A 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RSTM for Mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones, delivers stunning photos and videos in any condition. And its STAMINA mode is designed to greatly improve battery standby time by automaticaly shutting down battery- draining apps when the screen is off.


The Xperia Z is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers and online via in the coming weeks. The smartphone will be available in a black finish and a limited-time only purple finish (while supplies last). For more information, visit


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T-Mobile gets the Sony Xperia Z this summer


i do to but i think i will wait for the google Sony Z. YA MICROSD on pure google! current n4 user.

Same here, there is just something about this phone. Sony's approach to thinking outside the box will really change things.

Hopefully they do well, I want to see what else they can do.

Sony is style over substance. Samsung is the opposite, there is nothing on the Z outside of maybe, and thats a maybe being the camera, which never has been a big deal to me. No, the Z is not a bad phone, but its not in the same class as the HTC One and SGS4. It basically on par with the SGS3.

Are u mad bro? The Xperia Z is just as good as the S3.. Sure it doesn't have that many gimmicks but on the whole, IMO, its a better product.. Sony just needs to update its products more quickly.. This is coming from an S3 user.. TW is bloody laggy and even in the S4 when i tried it, was really laggy... Have tried Sony phones before and never had this issue.

It would have been a great flagship phone in 2012, its now just a good phone. And I have no lag on my SGS4 (tmo) nor my HTC One (AT&T) both are superior products. Sony has an Applesque following, never quite understood it. Nor did I say it sux, nor do I think it does.
Now, if this was a $99 phone on contract (yes I know no more TMO contracts) I'd say fine, good deal. But its no flagship model. Even the soon to be released SGS4 Active will match its water resistance.
As far as looks, yes, makes the SGS4 look ugly, and is on par with the HTC One for design.

Ok, now all that needs to happen is Sony's official AOSP/unlockable bootloader announcement, and I'm in like flynn!! It's a lateral step from my Nexus 4, with a few upgrades like the camera, and official LTE support!!

I absolutely love Sony's hardware...the one thing that keeps me from buying it is their firmware. Give me some pure aosp love with Sony's hardware, and I'll call it a dream come true!! I've never used a better android camera than my xperia x10. Most of today's phones are just barely catching up to it, imho.....and a good quality camera is one of the top-most features I look for every time.

INB4 "The Xperia S had official aosp too." I wasn't in the market for a new device last generation. I don't want to downgrade my hardware for a sony/aosp device. The Z has the same exact CPU I have now, 2gb ram, and 4.2.x

Don't really get it. This phone is using last year's processor. Sony is always lagging behind the competition and I don't know why. Do they want to be the Apple of the android world? I'm currently using the optimus g and I went into the Sony store to see the xperia z. I was very unimpressed. It wasn't bad, just not impressive.

Exatly, and said it in my own post. Its not a bad phone, but its not something to go nuts over. I think a lot of this is old brand loyality from the old SE symbian days, they did make nice stuff. But, if one has to get a Sony phone, and bypass the SGS4 and HTC One, then this is the one to get.

Well it has dragon tail glass supposed to be even better then gorilla glass.

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It is a great phone specially after the recent updates camera and screen got much much better. But it is a little late for the USA to come out. I got mine basically on release day but I am in Germany so Europe gets must of the time phones earlier. But not always.

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This phone is pretty intriguing but the display viewing angles are so horrendous I'd never actually consider buying it.

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Viewing angles aren't that horrible. U still can see everything u want from each angle specially after software update Sony tweak the calibration of the screen. And viewing angles are supposed to be somewhat darker so not everyone can just peak at the screen that easy when u write Sex messages or view porn on it. Sony in Germany said that they made it a little darker viewing angles so u can keep a little bit more privacy. Not that it really helps. Viewing angles still let u see everything.

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People keep saying this and I dont even think it is worth talking about. I have had every major phone us as Android users has ever drooled over (with the exception of the S4 or One). This phone's screen is great, I have never found a time where I thought to myself "too bad I cant see the screen from this angle".

I can see the screen from every angle I would actually be looking at the phone.