Sony has moved forward the date in which its Xperia Z flagship smartphone will be made available. Originally pencilled in for a worldwide launch on February 28th, the device will now be available from 21st February. However, it will only be available in the Sony Store in Berlin, Germany the company has confirmed.
Sony has not mentioned any other territories getting the device on the 21st, so we suspect the 28th original date still stands for those wanting to get the Xperia Z in other countries and regions.
The Xperia Z is perhaps Sony’s last big chance to make a genuine impact in the smartphone world. Until now the company has always floated on the edge of the smartphone market, but the Xperia Z appears to be a genuine and wholehearted attempt to put a Sony phone among the elite. On paper and in images, the Xperia Z looks fantastic, and could well be a real competitor to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S 3.
Whether users of those devices will abandon them in favour of the Xperia Z remains to be seen, but at least Sony has built something that sure is tempting. The company launched the Xperia Z at CES 2013 back in January, and we have been waiting for it to hit the shelves since. Sporting a 1080p display, quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, and Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the Xperia Z is a stunning handset.
One of the selling points of Sony’s latest is its resilience, which includes being water, scratch, and dust resistant. Sony will be banking on the success of the Xperia Z to be the Launchpad for a wider company recovery. The Japanese electronics giant has been losing money by the tens of billions of dollars, and the Xperia Z could kick-start a recovery for the ailing company.