Nearly one month after it was unceremoniously discontinued by T-Mobile, the Sony Xperia Z3 is back on the carrier's store shelves. Fans of Sony's handsets now have a fresh new chance to purchase the handset for $0 down and 24 regular installments of $20.83 every month for two years, or for $500 outright.
Those who are looking for a less expensive alternative to Sony's flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, may do well to check out the phone maker's newest budget offering -- the Xperia E4.
The Xperia E4 comes with a big 5-inch display screen with 960 by 540 pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera on the rear side, a 1.3 GigaHertz quad-core processor, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery.
As of this writing, Sony has not yet revealed any pricing information about the Xperia E4. But experts are expecting the device to be offered around the $150 price range. Also, no word yet on which countries the handset will be made available.
The Xperia Z3, the most recent flagship smartphone of Sony, was first introduced by the company two months ago during the 2014 Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) trade show held in Berlin. Its unveiling was definitely good news for fans of Sony smartphones. Sony has always had a spotty track record when it comes to penetrating the United States market. Although this year, the Japanese company has really made some progress in capturing American customers. Indeed, the Xperia Z3 is now being carried by T-Mobile and Verizon (which offers its own Xperia Z3v edition). This time, Sony continues to make the Xperia Z3 as accessible as ever to US users by offering the unlocked version of the smartphone directly from its official website. The device is priced at $679.99 and is available in colors of black, white, copper, and silver green. Orders will ship on November 10th.
It is now official. Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone is now available in the United States. Sony is offering an unlocked edition of the device through its American online store for $529.99. A few days ago, the Xperia Z3 Compact made a quiet appearance in Sony Mobile's US website. This prompted many to speculate that the device will be coming to the US market in the next few weeks or months, perhaps by one of the four major carriers in America. Well, it's not there yet. But the fact that the Xperia Z3 Compact is made available at all is a step in the right direction for the Japanese phone maker, especially with regards to its Xperia line of mobile products. Just last week, Sony's larger Xperia Z3 handset was launched in the US via Verizon Wireless as the Xperia Z3v. Prior to that, another Xperia Z3 edition was also released by T-Mobile. And now, the Xperia Z3 Compact is making a splash of its own, even if it is not yet being offered by any US carrier. As seen in Sony's American online store, the Xperia Z3 Compact is being sold in black, white, green, and red colors. The white-colored version comes with both white front and back. As for the black, green and red versions, they all come with black-colored fronts (only the rear covers are colored black, green, or red, respectively).
The past few days have been busy for Sony. Just this week, the Japanese phone maker's Xperia Z3 smartphone was launched in the United States through Verizon as the Xperia Z3v. And before that, T-Mobile also launched its own Xperia Z3 edition. And now it appears that the smaller Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone will also be coming to the US market soon. Just recently, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was sighted on Sony Mobile's US website. More specifically, the device has its own dedicated web page, which lists the smartphone's specifications and even features a few images of the Xperia Z3 Compact in four colors. The page even has a Buy Now button, but alas, clicking on it only leads to a landing page instead of a real e-store. The Xperia Z3 Compact's appearance in Sony Mobile's US website is no full guarantee of course that the device will be sold in the US. Still, fans of Sony's Xperia phones will no doubt be crossing their fingers, especially those eager to try the more handy Xperia Z3 Compact. As of this writing, no US carrier has officially made a statement yet that they will be pushing the Xperia Z3 Compact soon. But those who closely follow Sony smartphones need only remind themselves that in the past, the Japanese phone maker had previously offered a few unlocked handsets to American buyers. It is quite possible that the same could happen to the Xperia Z3 Compact.
Penetrating the United States market has always been a bit of a challenge for Sony. Despite having released its Xperia Ultra Google Play Edition and Xperia Z1S (via T-Mobile), the Japanese phone maker is still trying to expose more of its smartphone line of products to American users. Still, things are recently turning for the better for the company. Days ago, news broke out that the mobile manufacturer's Xperia Z3 is being released by T-Mobile. And just today, Verizon Wireless announced that it will be pushing its own version of the Xperia Z3. Called the Xperia Z3v, the device will be made available for purchase on Verizon stores beginning October 23rd this year for $200.00 with contract. On top of that, Verizon stated that the Sony Smartwatch 3 will also be offered by the carrier sometime in late fall for $250.00.
When the Sony Xperia Z3 was first officially unveiled last month in September, T-Mobile had confirmed that it would be offering the smartphone sometime in fall. After the unveiling, there has not been any solid news about the handset, but just recently, images of the T-Mobile-branded Xperia Z3 have surfaced. Sony has posted said official images on its website, and it appears that the T-Mobile Xperia Z3, as expected, looks just like the international Xperia Z3, except of course for the 4G LTE logo in the status bar and the T-Mobile imprint on the lower side of the rear cover.
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