Sony Xperia Z Pre-Orders Now Available in the UK, Device Free for O2

The Sony Xperia Z is now available for pre-order in the U.K.

Sony is offering the device for £449.99 or $708.42 without a contract on its website and will provide customers with local retailers where they would be able to pick the Xperia Z up.

Customers who choose to order the phone through the U.K. carrier O2 will receive the Xperia Z for free when they sign a new 2-year contract. The device will also be available on Three and Vodafone on Feb. 28.

Sony is also offering a $299 pair of MDR-1R headphones free of charge as a promotion to encourage more people to pre-order the Xperia Z.

The Xperia Z smartphone will also be released on all major Australian carriers.

The device is set to hit the market in the nation in March of this year. Telstra has already opened forms where customers can register if they are interested in the Xperia Z.

Specifications for the Sony Xperia Z were finally revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that took place last month.

The new Sony flagship smartphone will feature a 5-inch, 1080p display NFC (near-field-communications), 13-megapixel main camera and a water-resistant exterior.

Other specifications on the Xperia Z include a 1.5GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM, one- touch mirroring and 4G LTE.

Sony also introduced the public to the new Xperia ZL, which is another high-end smartphone with the same display camera and processor as the Xperia Z. It comes with one-touch mirroring and 4G LTE and has a maximized display with the highest ratio of screen-to-phone size.

Both devices are extremely impressive and big enough to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. However, they do not feature a comparable accessory to the trademark S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note.