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Ever since the 5-inch Sony Xperia Z debuted back in Las Vegas at CES, a lot of folks have been eager to get their hands on one and try it out. That includes certain members of the AC staff that didn't make the trip to Vegas. Thankfully -- in the UK at least -- there's a way to play with the Xperia Z before its general release thanks to a high street retailer. 

Starting tomorrow, Feb 15, Phones4U will be displaying demo units of the Xperia Z at more than 300 of their retail locations for eager consumers to try before they think about parting with their hard earned. The Xperia Z will then be available at the retailer starting Feb 28 and will be available free on a two-year contract starting at £36. Additionally, the first 1000 pre-orders will receive a pair of Sony MDR-1R headphones which themselves retail at Sony for £299.

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I know where I'm headed tomorrow now, and if you happen to do the same in the coming days, be sure to jump into the forums and let us know what you think. Full press release can be found after the break. 

More: Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z

LONDON, 14th February, 2013: Phones 4u today announces that it is the only independent retailer to offer consumers live devices to preview and trial of the new the Sony Xperia™ Z  ahead of the handset’s general release at the end of February. From 15th February, consumers can visit over 300 Phones 4u stores across the country to trial live Sony Xperia Z smartphones, experience the handset’s flagship features – including the stylish, waterproof body and powerful 13 megapixel fast-capture camera – and pre-order the newest addition to the Xperia range of handsets.

Customers will have the opportunity to experience a live product demo, with Phones 4u’s expert staff providing an in-depth walk through of the Sony Xperia Z’s full feature package. The first 1,000 customers to pre-order the Sony Xperia Z at Phones 4u will also receive a free pair of Sony MDR-1R Headphones.

Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u comments, "We always pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best possible customer service, and are delighted to be enhancing our in-store experience by offering the opportunity to fully experience the Sony Xperia Z before it lands for general sale. By doing so, we’re giving people the freedom to test out the handset before they commit to a pre-order, ensuring they’re picking the smartphone that’s right for them.”

The Sony Xperia Z features the world’s sharpest, boldest and brightest display, designed by the engineers behind Sony BRAVIA® TVs.  The Full 1080p HD, 5’’ display features the highest pixel density of any smartphone, while the OptiContrast™ panel guarantees crystal clear images and a seamless black finish when switched off.

Customers will also benefit from a range of features including:
·         A 13 megapixel fast-capture camera, with a next-generation Sony EXMOR RS sensor, with sleep to snap in under a second and superior auto mode
·         Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core processor for super-fast performance
•        Dust-resistance and a water-resistant rating of IP55 & IP57

•        Battery STAMINA Mode – which drastically increases battery life  by reducing consumption while the phone is on standby

The Sony Xperia Z is available to pre-order at Phones 4u now, with free Sony MDR-1R headphones going to the first 1,000 pre-orders.  Available at Phones 4u free from £36 on contract on a range of networks from 28th February 2013.