Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Unlocked Smartphones, SmartWatch 2 Now Available For Preorder In U.S.

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Sony’s latest Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, look rather fetching but have been frustratingly unavailable in the U.S. until now. Sony now has them on its U.S. website for preorder, where you can snag the Smartwatch 2 ($199.99), Xperia Z1 ($649.99), and Xperia Z Ultra ($649.99).

The Xperia Z1 offers a 20.7MP camera and rocks a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8274 (2.2 GHz) processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, USB 2.0, microUSB, and a 5-inch (1920x1080) display. It’s also designed to be waterproof and dust-resistant, which is a big bonus for many users.

Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z1

The Xperia Z Ultra features a larger 6.4-inch (1920x1080) shatterproof display that lets users “write” on it with a stylus, but otherwise it’s strikingly similar to the Xperia Z1--they share the same processor, RAM, storage, and more. Both run Android 4.2.

Sony’s SmartWatch 2 is its second-generation smartwatch. Based on Android, the device is a companion to a smartphone and syncs over Bluetooth to let you receive and view notifications; work with your texts, email, calendar, social media, and phone calls; and control your music.

Sony SmartWatch 2
Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony is selling unlocked versions of the Xperia phones, so although you can’t get one subsidized on contract (those $649.99 price tags are what they are), you do have some freedom with your carrier options, which isn’t a terrible thing.
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I respect Sony for taking another shot at the whole "smartwatch" concept, but personally don't see how anything beyond wrist-based notifications (ala Pebble) is worth it.... half-baked wrist-apps when I could just reach into my pocket for the real deal? Don't get it. But then again at one point in time people couldn't understand how the world could be round.

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scolaner replied on Wed, Oct 16 2013 10:44 AM

I don't necessarily disagree with you there, DallasHoward. Although I wonder how quickly one would get accustomed to using a smartwatch and find that it's hugely convenient. For example, some people scoff at the idea of having multiple displays with one computer as extraneous, but as pretty much anyone with dual monitors can tell you, once you set it up you can't imagine going back. Pulling my phone out of my pocket every time I want to check the time, or see what that "beep" or "boop" or "ding" is about, or whatever, is actually kind of a pain.

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replied on Wed, Oct 16 2013 12:46 PM

I have Zopo zp980 and I think that one of Sony smartphones will be mine in future

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