It was a few weeks ago that Sony made the Sony Xperia ZL available for purchase direct from their online store and today, it is joined by its older brother, the Sony Xperia Z for $630. All color options are available: black, white, and purple, and the phone comes unlocked with free 2-day shipping. What’s more is the ZL has been priced dropped to $630 as well, down from its initial $760 price tag.
Keep in mind that although unlocked, it will only work on AT&T’s HSPA+ network (same as the Nexus 4) — no LTE here, folks. This is just another option for those who have been eyeballing the device since it was announced back in January, and want to stay off contract. It was recently that Sony Mobile announced the device would soon support PS3 controllers out-of-the-box, and on the development side of things, AOSP Jelly Bean is also being worked on in-house.
While an official AT&T model is still up in the air, there’s been plenty of leaks and rumors suggesting that the Sony Xperia Z is coming soon to T-Mobile. At $630, the Xperia Z is almost double the price of the Nexus 4 with largely the same hardware, granted with an SD card slot and weatherproofing. I think I’ll continue to hold my breath for the official LTE version whenever it hits AT&T (if ever).