By Alexandra Burlacu | May 31, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
The Sony Xperia Z is a hot new device that is, among other things, waterproof, and the handset will reportedly reach U.S. carriers soon.
Sony's new flagship smartphone is currently available in the U.S. only through the Sony Store, but the device only sells unlocked at a price to match: $629.99. For now, the Sony Xperia Z is not available on contract with any of the various U.S. carriers, but that will apparently change soon.
During AllThingsD's D11 conference, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai took the stage and talked about the company's products and mentioned that the Sony Xperia Z will land on U.S. carriers soon.
"We still have a lot of stuff to do here in the market," Hirai said in a meeting with reporters following his onstage appearance at D11, as cited by AllThingsD. "There is no question about it." The CEO added that Sony plans to start selling its flagship Xperia Z handset through a U.S. carrier shortly, with increased marketing efforts likely to boost the scheme.
Hirai did not mention exactly which carrier(s) will get the flagship smartphone, but his comments are good news nonetheless.
The Sony Xperia Z boasts a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, packs a powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM and features an Adreno 320 GPU. The smartphone also comes with 16GB of internal storage capacity, as well as a micro SD card slot for additional memory of up to 32GB. Other features include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and extra ruggedness, meaning the handset is both waterproof and dustproof.
The device went up for sale in the U.S. unlocked earlier this month through the Sony Store, but was recently spotted at the FCC with T-Mobile 4G LTE. This suggests that T-Mobile may be the first, if not the only carrier to offer the Sony Xperia Z. Sony made no official announcement regarding which carriers will get the Xperia Z flagship smartphone, but Hirai's new comments indicate more good news will arrive shortly. The promise to have the Sony Xperia Z available through U.S. carriers will have to do for now.
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