Sony’s flagship Xperia XZ handset hits US; costs $699 unlocked and contract-free

Sony newest flagship handset, the Xperia XZ, has officially been launched in the US market. The handset is now available for purchase from Amazon, unlocked and contract-free.

The Xperia XZ is Sony's latest flagship handset which was introduced by the company at the IFA event in September. The high-end handset was unveiled along with its smaller counterpart, the Xperia X Compact, which is already available from Amazon.

The retail cost of the unlocked US version of the Sony Xperia XZ handset from Amazon is a whopping $699. The handset is available in two color options -- Graphite Black and Platinum -- with the Forest Blue color option not available as of now.

The Xperia XZ handset is encased in a sleek metal frame, and comes with a premium look and feel. For its high price point, the US version of the handset comes with a number of impressive specifications and features.

Some of the most notable features of the US version of Xperia XZ include a 5.2-inch full HD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor; Adreno 530 GPU; 3GB of RAM; a 23-megapixel rear camera; a 13-megapixel front-facing camera; a
2,900 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery; USB-C port; and 32GB of onboard storage capacity, which can be expanded to up to 256GB via microSD.

The Xperia XZ handset comes with Android OS version 6.0.1 'Marshmallow' out-of-the-box, with Sony's custom Xperia UI running on top of it.