XperiaZ-MDR-1RWe first got a look at Sony’s new flagship 5-inch Xperia Z smartphone when it officially launched at CES in Las Vegas last month. The 1080p, NFC-equipped device sports a 13-megapixel camera, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, runs Android 4.1, and has a water resistant exterior. Today the device is finally going up for preorder in the UK. Sony is selling the device for £449.99 without a contract and links to retailers you can preorder on its website. Word has it that O2 customers will be able to get the device for free with a two-year agreement. In addition, the device will apparently be hitting Three and Vodafone on February 28th, but Sony has not yet confirmed a release date.

One interesting move by Sony to kick off preorders of the new device: it is currently offering preorder customers a $299.99 pair of MDR-1R headphones free of charge (as pictured to the right.)

(via TheVerge)