Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact coming to the U.S. on February 7

Update: Sony has confirmed that the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will not feature a fingerprint scanner when the unlocked smartphone reaches the U.S.

Sony has announced that both the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch in the U.S. next month. Priced at $599.99 and $499.99 respectively, the two smartphones will be available unlocked and will support GSM networks.

There are those who have already picked them up unofficially at stores stocking international units. We've checked various outlets and have been unable to spot any official listings as-of-yet, though we'll be sure to update you all once the handsets launch in the states. As a side note, we've had no word on the availability of the Premium variant in the U.S.

See our Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact Review

75 Comments
  • Damn you Verizon Posted via the Android Central App
  • +100 I so want to try out a true xperia device, not some mix-matched z3v (or failure of z4v) and I wanna see all the hype about the compacts.. Sounds like a great device :/ Verizon doesn't listen, all they hear is $$$$$ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Y'all people do it to yourselves.
  • Am I the only one who thinks the Xperia design language is just lazy?
  • Porsche hasn't changed theirs in over 50 years. Hey if it works and they make money then more power to you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except for the fact that Sony's mobile business isn't exactly bringing in the money. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The question is whether that is the result of the design or the lackluster marketing and availability. I don't mind the design language, personally, but I do question the update process / frequency, particularly in the security updates. Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6P
  • Still looks great to me. Posted via Nexus 6P
  • I have held the Z5 (regular) and it feels uncomfortable in hand. Like the outer metal frame does not sit flush with the glass panel. Previous Xperia phones did not have this questionable feel. I wonder how they let this happen at a time when their business might even close in a year. Posted via the AC App from SM-N910F
  • Yes! You are!
  • Yes.
  • It is lazy, but that doesn't mean it doesn't look great! Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're not alone, but I personally like it. Though the Z3 was better looking than the Z5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Xperia Z5 devices are the most beautiful in design. At least to me, it is. Google Nexus 6P
  • This is still a thing? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is, and it'll be the only Android flagship sold in the US under 5". I say bring it on!
  • Under 5" but with bezels making it as big as 5.5" phones?
  • Cool story bro. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Such a lie. I used the Z5C before. It is indeed compact. Google Nexus 6P
  • What. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You have clearly never seen a Compact in the flesh.
  • Don't overexaggerate. About 5 inches or so Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Don't call it a flagship. I once called the Z5C a flagship and I almost didn't make it out alive from their forum. Google Nexus 6P
  • Whatever happened with the z4? I remember thinking the z4 was going to outshine all the others, but once they were released I didn't hear much about them. I'm thinking maybe Sony over-hyped the phones and they didn't preform as well as previous models, but I really don't remember. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Z4 was only launched in Japan. Worldwide it was released under the name Z3+. But was replaced 3/4 months after by the Z5. The Z3+ didn't really have a reason to exist so Sony released it basically because it was already too expensive to not do it.
  • it's been in my amazon cart for a few days now. i'm slightly tempted. nice price, at least.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016AMPAII?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_...
  • What's the point of buying this? The Z6 will be in like two months anyways. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • But then the z6+/z7 will only be a couple months away. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're exaggerating now. It's a 6 month cycle, aside from the z4 fiasco. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's MAYBE a 6 month cycle. We're not even sure that'll be the case going forward.
  • Would love to be able to use the compact on Fi, shame it won't work. Posted via the Android Central App
  • nothing works on Fi
  • My 6p works great on Fi, just wanted something smaller for my wife on Fi. Posted via the Android Central App
  • yeah and what else?
  • 5x doesn't work?
  • I'm assuming one of the few places to purchase will be Amazon. Seems late but considering MWC is a month and a half away and seeing what's gonna be new I don't think the price point will steer enough people to care. Sony has already shown it's lack of real interest in the US market. Still, it's a nice phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish they would have made it available to the US at the same time the phone was originally released to the rest of the world. Sony could have made more money. Why release it in February when new offerings from Samsung, HTC and LG will be announced later in the same month? The Xperia Z5 devices may be good but the hype surrounding them is gone. Hopefully when the Xperia Z6 devices get launched they make it to the US at the same time as the rest of the world and they are compatible with all the US carriers. I don't mind buying it from Amazon, Best Buy or directly from Sony themselves. I just don't want to have to import the phone to have it.
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  • LOL
  • Sorry Sony, but way too late for me to consider it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's some good news. It is always great that there are phones to choose! But what about the Z5 Premium? Is it also coming to USA? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Think they are cheaper on amazon and eBay right now. I've never had problems with international models personally.
  • Not interested anymore, they decided to do this when new phones are about to be announced. Too late Posted via the Android Central App
  • Too late, they should do this when they release this internationally instead of releasing in US after some 6 months or whatever. At least like that there is no useless carriers involved.
  • Sony needs to stop making weird decisions. This should have been available from launch. It's practically irrelevant now. Even as a sony fan, I couldn't advise people to buy this, when the likes of the G4 are almost half the price at this point. Maybe if you absolutely need a small phone, the compact is worth it. If the Z6 comes out in a couple of months and is sold in the US, those who bought a Z5 will feel cheated. If the Z6 isn't available in the US until months later, like this one, then that too risks being irrelevant. Do it properly Sony. Lower the price of the Z5 now. Release the Z6 globally at the same time. Stop messing about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Would a Z5 suddenly stop working if the Z6 is later released?
  • No, but if I'd just spent $600 on a Z5, and 2 months later the Z6 is out, with a Snapdragon 820, and whatever other improvements, I'd feel very annoyed. Knowing that's likely to be the case, obviously I wouldn't buy the Z5, but those who don't follow these things will not know and will face that disappointment. And when they come to buy a new phone in a year or 2, they probably won't buy another Sony. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's what how YOU would feel.
    Speak for yourself
  • Well I can't speak for the entire world can I? But I'm sure I'm not alone. Quite why you're being a jerk about this, I don't know. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So if I disagree with you I'm a jerk?
    I'm just saying that there's nothing wrong with releasing it now. Especially to the general population.
    Only people like us (phone enthusiasts) would care.
    My wife would be perfectly happy with it.
  • Whatever, you're the one who jumped on me for my opinion. Not the other way around. I'm done. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, not everyone thinks that way, but the majority of people who don't, don't buy unlocked phones (or know what they even are), especially if they would have to buy them online without ever even touching them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. Duh.
  • I imported the Z5 Compact and it's a fantastic device! I previously had the Z3 and the Z3 Compact. Nice to see the Z5's officially coming to the US if for nothing more than ease of warranty claims..
  • yeah but no Verizon :( Via the Moto X Classic
  • US Warranty is a big deal! I cracked my z3 that I bought on Sony US web site. I added accidental warranty for like $70 and they refunded my entire purchase price when I called in the claim. Didn't even ask to see the phone! Thinking about that 5 compact... Posted via Android Central App
  • Hello, there. Glad you're enjoying it. Google Nexus 6P
  • I know I am a fan of unlocked devices. But GODDAMMIT SONY! RELEASE THEM ON US CARRIERS!! It might not be the best idea, but it increases market reach. And drop the price.
  • Or as many have said, at least release them at the same time your launching them globally. It's not like they're having to go through carriers after all! Posted via the Android Central App
  • They might have seen good sales with the Z3 unlocked, so I think this is a good move to increase visibility in the high end unlocked market. Besides, with carriers no longer subsidizing phone costs, why should Sony waste energy releasing carrier specific phones? Sony's always charged a premium but these prices aren't completely out of whack like...Apple.
  • Probably, but I still feel that Sony could try releasing it on all US carriers just to increase market reach. I know a few who buy phones from carriers and didn't bother to check Amazon for unlocked phones.
  • Will the premium follow along as well??
  • Wonder that too Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why no premium? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because probably not enough Americans would be willing/able to pay the +$700 it would cost for it up front.
  • Currently have the LG G4 on the Jump Program with T-Mobile. I was waiting for either the Z5 or 6P. Posted via the Android Central App - LG G4
  • A little to late for me to consider it. Should have had it in the US for at least the holiday season, not after.
  • too late when the 2016 models are almost on the horizon.. although I bought the international z5c and returned it last month.. good device.. but wasn't happy with 810. AC@OPO
  • I had no idea this still wasn't available in the US. 3-4 months after the fact? Give me a break Sony.
  • If they have wifi calling and band 12 support on t-mobile like the nexus phones do I may try out the compact. It's about the nicest sized phone on the market that isn't a total piece of ****.
  • If you don't buy it in a carrier store, it won't have wifi calling through T-Mobile, although when it's updated to Marshmallow (whenever the hell that is), it should work natively, right?
  • Yeah boy. Verizon is the best hah
  • No fingerprint reader? Sorry Sony, you just blew it again.
  • It has a fingerprint reader on the side Posted via Android Central App
  • US versions won't get it