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Sony Xperia Z UK price, release date revealed

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Sony's new water-resistant Xperia Z smartphone will be released at the end of February in the UK and cost the same as Apple's iPhone 5.

Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, the new Sony flagship Android handset is now available for pre-order SIM-free at the Sony Mobile Shop online from £529, the same starting price as the iPhone 5 when it launched last autumn.

Sony Xperia Z smartphone

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Sony is offering the device in purple, black and white, but has just said that the phone is "coming soon".

However, UK mobile network Three claims that it will start selling the Xperia Z from February 28.

Three intends to offer the handset for £69 on a £34-a-month Ultimate Internet 500 plan. It will also be available for the same upfront cost on £36-a-month tariffs on Three's The One Plan.

The mobile network said that it will retail the Xperia Z on pay-as-you-go for £449.99 plus an either £15 or £25 top-up.

It has today started pre-orders and said that the first 1,000 customers who lodge an order for the Xperia Z on a 24-month contract at a Three store will get a pair of Sony MDR-1R Prestige headphones worth £299.00.

Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three, said: "We're extremely pleased to offer the Xperia Z for pre-order from the February 1, and coupled with our highly competitive price plans and no surprise out-of-bundle data charges, this premium smartphone brings you the ultimate internet experience all on our Ultrafast network."

All the other major UK networks and phone retailers will also offer the Xperia Z, but they have not yet indicated pricing or availability.

The Xperia Z features a full 1080p HD 'Reality' display measuring 5 inches on the diagonal, and fitted with Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for extra brightness and clarity.

The 7.9mm thick phone has a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, supports 4G LTE connectivity, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Users get a 13-megapixel rear camera, Near Field Communications (NFC) and the phone is water-resistant to IPX5/7 standard.

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