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Forget the Sony Xperia Z2, It’s not Coming to the US Any Time Soon

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On the DL Show, we often talk about how irrelevant Sony is in the US smartphone race because they can’t seem to launch any of their phones over here in a timely manner. From the Xperia Z1 to their tablets to countless other phones in the past, many of the products they announce typically find their way to our shores when they are old enough in tech terms that there are much better options worth considering. It’s unfortunate, and was a trend we were hoping would be bucked when the company announced its new 2014 flagship, the Xperia Z2. Unfortunately, it looks like Sony has let us down again. 

In a brief statement made to Engadget over the weekend, Sony confirmed that neither the Xperia Z2 nor the Xperia Z1 Compact will make their way to the US “in the near future.” Actually, the Z1 Compact may never show up here, whereas the Xperia Z2 may only be available eventually (this summer) through Sony’s online store as an unlocked device for what I can only imagine will be a premium price.

The Xperia Z2 sports a 5.2-inch full HD display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP Exmor camera, 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 4G LTE, and a 3,200mAh battery. It, by all means, is a true flagship, one that is more than likely Sony’s best phone to date.

Unfortunate news for sure.

Via:  Engadget
  • Racer Mousie

    Get the Samsung S5 or iPhone 5S, I have an iPhone 5 and Samsung s4 and I am happy. Don’t wait for Sony lol

  • Spectre95

    Using my Z2 to post from Germany. Best phone I have ever owned. It will be coming with me to the states this summer. Absolute shame that sony won’t just throw it on their site and ship it unlocked to you guys stateside.

  • animishi

    So if I get the z2 compact overseas unlocked I should go with att?

  • Danny

    I usually buy my phones overseas and unlocked anyway. Z2 seem like a beautiful phone, am considering since I just bought the Z1s from Tmobile USA, 2 month later, sony released it’s C6906 unlocked on Sony Store US, :'( now awaiting unlocked Z2.

  • Victor Pham

    this is so sad

  • Ryan

    Just called Sony and they told me they expect it to be here the first or second week of May

    • Moko

      I bet they were lying to you,,, sad to say

  • sick mad aussie

    Hahahahahahaha maybe because you call them cell phones when there really mobile phones on a cellular network, leave the seppo Americans with their precious crapple iphones I say and the rest of the world can rock droid

    • blax34

      Ummm… you realize android is American too right? Android inc then Google? What sounds better, cell phone or ‘mobile phone on a cellular network’? They quite obviously denote the same concept, right? I have an android phone too. Dunno why you want to diss the country that’s made it possible for you to enjoy your android phone lol.

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  • bigla

    Sony still selling to US online. Its the US carriers that not willing to sell Z2

  • James PC-Fix Hurling BSc

    I’ve had this nearly a month now the z2 is flawless, buy it from the UK??

  • Very Smart Person

    Why should we forget it? Sony confirmed they would be bringing the Z2 to the US this summer, which is kind of soon. I think you are mistaken.

  • ornagyur

    It’s not Sony’s fault. This is the result of the US carriers’ subsidizing system.
    But anyone can just bypass the whole wait by buying one on eBay. Easy!

  • nosedive94

    Ugh I turned down a BOGO deal from Verizon on the S5 in the hopes that this would make it to the USA… Although given Verizon’s propensity to be super weird with their LTE bands, it probably wouldn’t have made it to the Big Red anyway.

  • Sqube

    Breathtakingly disappointing.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    Seemed like the only phone with the specs I wanted, that wouldn’t require me to invest in clown pants. So of course they won’t bring it out here :P

  • p0k3y

    Scratch this off my list then. What’s left for this year – One Plus One, N6, maybe G3?

  • Curtis Jenkins
  • sheirs69

    What about the D6508 version that has a CDMA radio for Verizon?

    • sheris692

      If it happens, then it’ll happen far too late in the life cycle to be relevant and make good sales. However, there are other foreign carriers that do make use of CDMA and it’s possible that it was never coming to Verizon at all.

  • Jason Melling

    2 way street. Sony is massive in my country yet Motorola is non existent. I have never seen a Motorola phone in my life.

  • kirk ngo

    Too bad. Love to try it.

  • M3D1T8R

    Yeah I figured those rumors going back months ago, of this coming to Verizon just because it has the LTE bands, were too good to be true.

  • S.Ober

    I’ll wait for it!

  • paul_cus

    It’s cool Sony, I’ll just give my money to another OEM. I’ll check back with you in 2015.

  • BoFiS

    That’s sad…the Z1 Compact is by far the most-compelling, properly-sized phone I’ve seen in years. :-(

    • paul_cus

      I echo your disappointment.

  • Moko

    It definitely needs to come out before the end of June because the buzz of the z3 will begin to overshadow that of the current ‘flagship’. Even then it might be too late because it will have to compete with the samsung galaxy prime and the LG g3 which are EXTREMELY comparable in terms of specs & hardware….

  • Db0y505

    Absolute let down.. I was actually excited when I saw the rumors it would come to VZW.
    I wouldn’t mind buying it from Sony unlocked, but I Verizon has to say no to that… Seriously considering jumping ship even with my unlimited.

    • Mrhug3

      I was beyond excited.. I’ve been a Sony fan for a while, so to hear that there was a possibility of VZW getting a flagship? Man… Thought about jumping ship, then I quickly come to my senses. VZW may not be very “customer friendly”, but they have the best network around here. No question. So I’ll continue to complain out loud about how they continue to rake me over the coals, while quietly giving them my money, on time, every month.

      • Db0y505

        I agree. Although their customer service is what’s keeping me. I went from an S3, to an S4, to the M8 at no charge because I’ve been with them for 10 years (And I know my way around their policies.)
        It just royally pisses me off that the still lock the good devices down and don’t allow Nexus or GPE devices.

        • Db0y5052

          It’s not that they don’t allow GPE devices… It’s that they can’t support them because they aren’t built with CDMA radios, which is what Verizon uses for 3G unlike the rest of the world on GSM radios. As for Nexus devices, I think they burned their bridges with Google after the Galaxy Nexus experience.

          • Db0y505

            Yeah, I know about the CDMA, its just a bummer, although I loved my S4 running a GPE ROM.

            And yeah, that whole fiasco was ridiculous with the Galaxy Nexus… If it had better radios in it I could’ve dealt with the battery life and the ridiculously slow updates since it was a Nexus it was easy to update it.

            Hopefully Verizon and Google will team up and release a nexus one day.

    • Tyygerr

      It’s coming to Verizon as under a different name similar specs coming this year October 2014

      • Db0y505

        I’ll keep my eye out for it. I’m hoping it comes sooner rather than later though.

  • Adam

    I just want a Z1 Compact. I don’t want Samsung’s cheap plastic toy with 20 ways to do the same thing, and I don’t want HTC’s mammoth of a phone, however well made it may be. The Z1C has literally everything I’m looking for in a phone, near flagship level specs and at the right size. Why is it that Android manufacturers can’t just make normal phones anymore, and the ones that do stay far away from the US?

    • Adam2

      Smaller devices have less room for the flagship level innards. This limited space also creates problems with heat dissipation. Not to mention, reduced space available for battery. The logistics of making sure everything fits and works is much more expensive in a small body device. That Is why most Manufacturers choose to opt for low-mid range specs in their mini variants. Sony has a very good engineering team for what they accomplished with the Z1 compact but their marketing and sales are absolutely terrible when it comes to western opportunity and profits. Absolutely terrible.

      • Adam

        Hence why I said near flagship. But even then, nobody needs a 1080p display – so they could get away with a smaller display and battery and save money there. Besides, Apple has had absolutely no problem stuffing much smaller iPhones with equally potent hardware. And I wouldn’t call Sony’s marketing terrible, because that would imply that they tried to market their phones in the first place. If they actually gave a damn, they might see results.

  • JMonkeYJ

    If it’s not delayed again, I should have mine within a couple weeks :D It cost an arm and a leg, tho :-/

  • Wolf0491

    Sony simply doesn’t have the money to even try to market thus phone over here. I bought my Z unlocked over a year ago and couldn’t be happier. I’ll wait for Z3 or Z4 or maybe a different brand depending on what the future holds.

  • Liderc

    They seem to make great phones, no idea why they have such a difficult time releasing them in the US.

  • Ryan

    Glad i decided to bite the bullet and just order a Z1 compact from the UK. Should be here tomorrow!

  • Jack March

    If it wasn’t coming to Europe & only was coming to America, this post probably wouldnt exist, “forget”? Are all your readers American?

    • Hershel

      Most are as it should be.

    • BSweetness

      This site has always had a large focus on U.S. releases. In fact, the very name of the site includes the name of a line of Android phones that is exclusive to a U.S. carrier (Droid on Verizon) since that’s where the primary focus was in the beginning.

      All are welcome, and the site has certainly expanded its coverage, but much of the focus has always been on the U.S. That’s not likely to change anytime soon.

  • teevirus

    Will it shoot 4k video?

    • Blue Sun

      Probably not 4k selfies.

      • Hershel

        That would be disturbing

    • JMonkeYJ

      It can shoot up to 5 minute 4k videos.

  • TSY87

    I was so ready to ditch my note 3 for this… whhhhhyyyyyyyy!!!!

    • Hershel

      Why?

      • TSY87

        the reviews are awesome for the phone, supposed cleaner version of android (compared to the bloatastic touchwiz), water proof!!!, stereo speakers, arguably better looking (subjective of course) and supposed better camera. I’m done with samsung in general. I was willing to sell the note 3 to get the z2, but seeing as that isnt going to happen, I will probably go for the LG g3 or 4 if I decide to wait.

  • fritzo2162
  • Apostrafee

    This is disappointing. Sony seems to have a great product to offer but probably doesn’t really feel like contending with Samsung and Apple in the US. Smart business decision I suppose but sucks for the consumers, at least the few that would have purchased it, like myself.

  • NewsToMe

    Sony makes phones?

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      You wouldn’t know it by looking at the phones in stores.

      • hoosiercub88

        Not in the US anyway.. their mobile handset presence is almost nil. I think a large part of that *I’m gonna get a lot of hate and butthurt for this* Sony-Ericsson was always a minor player back in the flip-phone candy bar phone days.. They were popular enough but only on GSM carriers, I think lack of availability on Verizon really keep them from breaking into mainstream here in the US. Even on carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.. Sony phones have always taken a backseat to Samsung/HTC/Blackberry/Motorola.

        • Ryan

          Can’t forget Nokia in that history. They had a big thing going on back in those days as well. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Sony device until they got into the smartphone market, and even then, I only ever saw one in store.. I didn’t see which model, just that T-Mobile was selling it due to the water resistance.

        • michael arazan

          Sony Erricson was a cheap piece of crap, I owned one of their internet capable flip phones. It was awful compared to the original Motorola Razr flip phone. Camera was awful and signals and internet was bad, could of been T-mo with the terrible signals too. I was on Tmo for 6 years and hated it.

  • Mrhug3

    This was the device that I was really looking forward to. I got an M8 to hold me over for a while. I was pleasantly surprised by it. So if I can’t get the Z2, I’m good.

    • ki11ak3nn

      This was also the phone I was waiting for. At least to come to T-Mobile like the others. Oh well. I’ll probably either get the M8, OnePlus, or G3. I’m waiting until the G3 comes out to make a decision.

      • Mrhug3

        I thought about waiting for the G3, I just can’t get over that skin that LG uses. I know, I know.. Root, rom, etc. Sometimes you just want something to work AND look good out of the box.

        • ki11ak3nn

          Exactly. That’s all I want. Hopefully I can get that with the OnePlus One. The price is just unbelievable.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah I may just end up getting the M8. Waiting for more Moto x2 info at this point. Since I finally unlocked/s-off’ed my DNA, I’m good for a while.

      • Mrhug3

        I got it day one, pretty solid device. Only complaints that I have are nitpicky software quirks. It’s plenty fast, and sense 6 is actually tolerable.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I don’t get why they don’t just put it on their US site Unlocked. No one is expecting them to work with a US Carrier…in fact I couldn’t care less if they work with a US carrier…just put the damn thing on your US site.

    • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

      They’d have no issue getting onto ATT and TMO. Not sure about use of the LTE bands here…but easy enough to fix.

      • Mark Mann

        I have the z on tmo, and while not the greatest phone I’ve ever used(battery life is atrocious) , the lte seems to work fairly well

  • Kacho_ON

    If you want it so much just order it unlocked from the rest of the world. I don’t get why you are begging your carrier for it.

    • T4rd

      Because it’s $700+ friggin dollars and probably won’t even work on LTE. =p

      • Kacho_ON

        So you want the carrier to “hide” the price from you even though stretched out over 2 years you will pay more than $700?
        And the LTE does work btw.

        • T4rd

          Yup. Or do what T-Mobile does and allow you to make payments on it.

          LTE works on AT&T and T-Mobile?

          • Kacho_ON

            The LTE of the european model works on AT&T & T-Mobile

          • Pedro

            Put $50 in the bank every month. Next summer you can get the Sony Xperia 3.
            Make the payments to yourself.

          • Jerimiah Kent

            The antenna in the Z2 will work with ATT. Sony is testing a version that will work with Verizon which will most likely be what launches in the Summer. The International Z2 for ATT you have to purchased unlocked and from what I have see it is about $850.

        • StockStalker1

          Rookie…

          the fees for early terminating a contract are nothing compared to what you can resell the phone for. It cost me nothing to move from the S3 -> S4 -> S5 with ATT and I’ll move to the S5 Prime if it ever comes out in a few months. It’s foolish to buy any phone outright.

    • Jon

      I use Verizon and, yes, I periodically check whether going with another carrier is worth it in terms of price and coverage of where I frequent.

  • Matt G

    What’s the point of even bring it out in the summer? Either do it now or don’t do it at all

  • T4rd

    We already know Sony doesn’t care about the US, so this should have been expected.

  • Danmheadache

    As long as being a verizon slave, don’t care!!

    • TSY87

      The rumors were swirling that this was going to be a verizon exclusive in the US. My dreams have been killed.

      • Danmheadache

        What! For real! oh my damn headache!!

      • PoisonApple31

        Verizon only likes the crappy Sony phones. Xperia Play anyone?

        • MichaelFranz

          HA…used one as a loaner phone a little over a year ago. I actually liked the idea/concept. It just was launched without LTE therefore all verizon LTE phones were pushed more at that time

          • PoisonApple31

            The idea/concept was great, execution really poor. Hard to believe it was the first Verizon device with Gingerbread, and stock Gingerbread I believe too.

          • JoshGroff

            It was indeed stock, and not half bad once you rooted and froze all the unnecessary apps, battery life was pretty terrible though.

          • hoosiercub88

            Yup.

        • hoosiercub88

          Don’t quote me on this because I’m not 100% certain, but I’m pretty sure it was the only Sony/Ericsson phone ever available on Verizon, period. Smartphone or not.