Sony has done it again! Less than two weeks after adding the unlocked Xperia Z1 Compact to its virtual store shelves, Sony has expanded its smartphone offerings once again.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is now available for purchase from Sony’s official online store. The Z2 is priced at $699.99 and is available in black, purple and white color options. Unfortunately, it’s also currently backordered, so it’s not clear when units will actually begin shipping to buyers.
The unlocked Xperia Z2 includes 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz HSPA+ support and LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17 and 20. This means that it ought to play nicely with quite a few GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.
Other Xperia Z2 specs include a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD slot that supports cards up to 128GB in size. Also included is a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
It’s kind of disappointing that it’s taken Sony nearly five months to begin selling the unlocked Xperia Z2 to U.S. consumers. That said, Sony is one of a small number of manufacturers that actually sells its unlocked smartphones directly to us, so it’s nice to at least have the option. It’s also worth noting that so far, the only U.S. carrier that we expect to see the Xperia Z2 land on is Verizon, so you GSM folk can go this route if you want a Z2 but don’t want to switch operators.