Samsung is not the only major Android player that wants to take the U.S. by storm with a complete line-up of uber-advanced gadgets, including smartphones, phablets and smartwatches, as Sony has just put the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2 up for grabs on its official online store.
Technically, the Z1/Z Ultra duo is not making an absolute stateside debut today, as it’s been sold by a couple of third-party retailers for a few weeks now. But you’ll have a hard time in finding the two off-contract super-phones for lower prices than the $650 charged directly by Sony.
Interestingly enough, the gargantuan 6.4-inch Z Ultra and “petite” 5-inch Z1 are worth the exact same sum of money from Sony’s standpoint, despite being quite different in the eyes of end users. If you think about it though, it all makes sense. After all, the Ultra is nice, gigantic and all, but it has nothing on the Z1 in the camera and autonomy departments.
Both $650 handhelds come equipped with only HSPA+ connectivity speeds, but on the bright side the Z Ultra can be had in an LTE-enabled flavor too, for “just” 30 bucks extra. As for the SmartWatch 2, which I know doesn’t have much of an audience, that little thing goes for $199.99 on pre-orders, so a lot less than Samsung’s similarly designed piece of wearable technology.
Still, think long and hard before going for the snazzy watch, since it sports no camera, a sub-par 1.6-inch LCD panel and not much else.