JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony's Xperia Z2 smartphone has gone up for pre-order in the UK ahead of its anticipated release on 1 April.
Expansys and Unlocked Mobiles have become the first two retailers to start taking pre-orders for the flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone, pricing it at £549.99 and £544.98 SIM-free, respectively. Unlocked Mobiles is also offering a freebie bundle worth £200 too that includes a free speaker, headphones and a content package, although it has yet to reveal what this includes.
While Expansys and Sony have kept quiet about a release date, Unlocked Mobiles claims that it will start sending out orders on 1 April. If true, this will see Sony's Xperia Z2 beat its fiercest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S5, to market, with that set to be released on 11 April.
For those who don't fancy coughing up close to £550 for the Sony Xperia Z2, UK mobile operators O2, EE, Three and Vodafone have been quick to announce that they will carry the handset. Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u plan to sell Sony's flagship Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphone too, with pre-orders set to kick off in mid-March.
The Sony Xperia Z2 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week, and improves on its Xperia Z1 predecessor with a larger 5.2in HD 1080p screen, a nippier quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a thin 8.2mm casing.
The handset also features IP58 certification, a 20.7MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting 4K video, 4G LTE support, a 3,200mAh battery and Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system skinned with Sony's custom user interface.
Check out our Sony Xperia Z2 release date, price and availability roundup. µ
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