American buyers know that Sony doesn’t have a major presence here in the States anymore. Even if we do want one of the OEM’s devices, say the Xperia Z2 for example, we have to wait months upon months before having even limited access on carriers through exclusivity deals. As a consumer, it blows.
Finally, Sony has made the Xperia Z1 Compact available for US buyers, purchasable from their website for the price of $549.99.
If you end up buying this device, you can expect 4G LTE connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile, but you probably shouldn’t bother trying on Sprint or Verizon.
As for specs, the Z1 Compact is a little champ. We spent a bit of time with this device, with Kellen actually coming away pretty impressed with his overall impressions. The device features a 4.3″ 720p display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a massive 20.7MP rear-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs Android 4.3 out of the box. Users can probably expect an update to Android 4.4+ at some point.
Hit up the Sony Store link below if you are interested.
Sony Store Link ($549.99)