Xperia Z2

Further signs of Xperia Z2 stock shortages

Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May.

O2 has the purple and black Z2 available for pre-order on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly, priced between £609.99 and £19.99 depending on the monthly price and data allowance you choose. And Three is offering the black and white models up for pre-order on contracts costing between £38 (for 2GB) and £44 (for unlimited data) per month, with a £49 upfront fee. To sweeten the deal, Three is also offering free noise-cancelling headphones and a Sony portable speaker, while O2 throws in £80 worth of Sony entertainment and an Xperia Tablet Z for £99.99.

Pre-order buyers will have a few weeks to wait before getting their handsets, however, as Three is listing a shipping date of May 1, while O2 is expecting to have devices on their way sometime in the week of April 28. Local rival Vodafone has been taking Xperia Z2 pre-orders for the past couple of weeks, with a launch apparently scheduled for April 10. Meanwhile, smaller UK retailers have been telling customers not to expect stock until early May.

In a statement given to Android Central last week, Sony said it was "working tirelessly to maximise stock levels in April," but did not "expect to meet the high demand across all our sales channels."

Source: O2, Three