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Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Now Available Unlocked for U.S. Consumers; Sony SmartWatch 2 Coming Soon

by Brandon Russell | October 15, 2013October 15, 2013 6:00 am PDT

Sony on Tuesday announced that its Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 smartphones are available for U.S.-based consumers unlocked. Both devices are very recent additions to the company’s mobile lineup, and both come equipped with some distinct features to fit anyone’s needs. The Z Ultra, obviously, is enormous, and should please those looking for the very biggest phablet on the market—yes, even bigger than Samsung’s ginormous Galaxy Mega 6.3—while the Z1 comes with a great 20.7-megapixel camera with Exmor RS.

As per many of Sony’s latest handsets, the Z1 and Z Ultra sport familiar premium designs we first saw introduced with the Xperia Z earlier this year. And, of course, both handsets are built with elemental protection in mind: water resistant, dust resistant, etc. They’re also both incredibly slim, and have Full HD displays that are quite beautiful. The Z Ultra has a paired down 8-megapixel camera, and will be available in black, white and purple for $649 (HSPA+, model C6802) and $679.99 (LTE, model C6806); the Z1 will start at $669.99 (HSPA+). Both can be purchased from a Sony retail store, Sony’s website and other participating e-tailers.

In addition to the availability of the two handsets, Sony also said it’s launching its SmartWatch 2, which comes with NFC and promises long battery life (3-4 days), here in the U.S. soon. The device itself has a 1.6-inch transflective display, the ability to switch wristbands, compatibility with Android phones running 4.0 and up, and water-resistance. Like the two devices, Sony’s smartwatch will be available at select Sony retailers (and on the Web) and go for $199.95.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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