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Sony Xperia Z UK release date revealed, Three now taking pre-orders

Sony’s new flagship Xperia Z Android smartphone will launch here in the UK on February 28th, with Three the first network out of the blocks to take pre-orders.

The new phone was unveiled last month at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and is Sony’s first to include a Full HD display. It’s also impressively sturdy for such a powerful and elegant phone, with both waterproof and dustproof qualities.

Three is now taking pre-orders for the phone, which is available on both £34 and £36 per month tariffs on a two year deal. As the phone is brand new you’ll need to pay £69 up front for the handset, although there’s a counterbalance: The first 1000 to pre-order will nab a free pair of Sony MDR-1R Prestige headphones worth £299.

If you don’t want to sign up for a contract, Three will also sell you the phone on pay as you go for £449, although you’ll be locked to their network. We’ve previously heard from that the phone would cost £514.98 SIM-free, so it looks as though you’ll have to pay a little extra for the privilege of using any network you like.

Sony itself is also taking pre-orders for the phone SIM-free, with a price tag of £529.

The Xperia Z is a very powerful smartphone, packing a crisp Full HD display, speedy quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, plus the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system.