JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony's Xperia Z smartphone will begin shipping in the UK on 1 March, online retail giant Amazon has revealed.
Amazon UK has started taking preorders for the Sony Xperia Z, although potential buyers might not be too keen about the website's whopping £549.99 price tag, which makes the handset more expensive than the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.
However, we've spotted the phone on sale at mobile phone retailer Handtec too, priced at a slightly more reasonable £520.
Sony has not confirmed the handset's pricing and 1 March release date, and has yet to respond to our request for comment.
The Sony Xperia Z has got a few people hot to buy it since its official unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, thanks to its impressive quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 5in HD 1080p screen and 13MP rear-facing camera.
Sony's 2013 flagship smartphone also features Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system skinned with Sony's custom user interface, 2.2MP front-facing camera, NFC technology, 16GB of internal storage and support for 4G LTE.
If you don't fancy paying over £500 to get your mitts on the smartphone SIM-free, it will also be available on contract through O2, Three and Vodafone. Given its 4G LTE capability it's likely to tip up at EE too, although the mobile operator has yet to confirm this.
Check out our Sony Xperia Z hands-on review. µ
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