As previously announced by the manufacturer, Sony has now started selling the unlocked, fingerprint sensor-free versions of the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in the US for $599 and $499 respectively. They’re available from Amazon, Best Buy and B&H plus a few other popular online retailers from now, although they’re not all selling them at the suggested retail price. Best Buy has already discounted the Compact version by $50.
Kunihiko Shiomi, president of Sony Mobile Communications North America, sums it up perfectly when he said: “Building a stable business in the U.S. market continues to be an important area of focus in helping Sony Mobile pursue profit by optimizing business scale. We are excited about the introduction of Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact unlocked in the U.S., particularly as we see a growing trend in the unlocked market.”
As specifications and performance go, the Xperia Z5 range were up there with the best of them towards the end of last year. While the screens weren’t Quad HD resolution, 1080p is plenty sharp enough for any smartphone. What’s more, Sony’s handsets offer fantastic battery life, elegant design and great camera performance.
If you’re not put off by the fact that the US models don’t have a fingerprint sensor built in to the side-mounted power button, you can snag either/both phones from the following retail locations.
Xperia Z5 Compact
- Amazon – $499 (black only)
- Best Buy – $449 ($50 off full price + free shipping, black only)
- B&H – $499 (coral, yellow, white and black graphite available)
If you’ve been wanting an official US unlocked version of Sony’s flagship, your day has finally come. Before pulling the trigger though, it might be worth mentioning that MWC 2016 is only a couple of weeks away, and a number of manufacturers — including Samsung, LG and Huawei — are expected to announce brand new devices there.