Sony Xperia Z2 Finally Has Australian Price And Release Date

We've poked, prodded and comprehensively reviewed the early-2014 flagships from HTC with the M8 and Samsung with the S5, but still we're missing Sony's offering with the Xperia Z2. Finally, however, the phone has an Aussie price and release date.

The phone is getting a staggered release across Australia's three top carriers: Vodafone, Optus and Telstra, in that order.

From 7 May, you'll be able to order the Z2 from Vodafone for an extra $10 per month on the $65 plan, which includes infinite minutes to anyone in Australia, infinite standard text both within Australia and to anyone overseas, infinite voicemail and infinite 13 and 1800 numbers. You also get 3GB of data right now thanks to a double data offer from the carrier. Normally, it's 1.5GB. All up, you're on a 24 month contract with that one.

Optus will carry the Z2 for an additional $16 per month on the $60 plan, which includes 600 minutes of calls, unlimited text and MMS within Australia and 1.5GB, all on a 24-month contract.

Telstra customers will be able to pre-order soon, with pricing yet to be announced.

The Xperia Z2, announced at Mobile World Congress, is packing a 1920x1080p, 5.2-inch Full HD screen with both TRILUMINOUS Display technology and Sony’s proprietary X-Reality engine from its BRAVIA TV line for better colour and image reproduction. It’s also got a 20.7-megapixel camera with a mobile CMOS sensor and the ability to capture 4K video.

Unlike a lot of Android handsets being released these days, the Z2 is mercifully running Google Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Sony will likely still throw its own Android skin at the device, however. We’ll have to see how it runs when we go hands-on later.

On the inside you’ve got a 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor keeping everything ticking over, with a whopping 3GB of RAM and a 3200mAh battery to keep everything ticking.

The phone is still waterproof, but this time it comes with the IPX-5 rating, which means it’s protected against “water jets” rather than just splashes. It’s also still dust protected too.

Sony continues to draw on its many different businesses and their products to throw cool stuff into the Xperia devices. For example, the phone now has digital noise cancelling tech from the audio business which purports to let users listen to music even in high-volume external environments.

The audio business has also kicked in a new stereo microphone for high-quality sound recording on videos. Given Sony’s push towards high-resolution audio, it comes as no surprise that it’s lifting the standard for audio across the company.

The camera business has kicked in a 1/2.3-type Exmor RS sensor with the ability to capture images and videos at 4K (3840×2160) thanks to “advanced video mode. There’s also a new SteadyShot system which keeps everything on the level while shooting.

Speaking of the camera, TimeShift Video mode allows you to capture 120fps slow-motion video, as well as support for Vine out of the box.

There's still no word on when the Xperia Z2's wearable companion, the Lifeband, will be available in Australia, but we'll keep our ears to the ground for you.

We'll also be bringing you a review of the Z2 shortly!


Comments

    Interesting you say that Vodafone will be first from 7th May, but Optus already appear to be selling it via their online sales, with no mention of it being a pre-order?

    http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/phones/sony/xperia-z2

    nice. finally.

    Been waiting for this and was losing the willpower to stop myself getting an M8. One more week...

      Only thing stopping me is the disappointing dead space around the screen. Yes, it's that close...

    yup. chated to them online - they confirmed next day delivery.

    And strangely you get a free par of Adidas shoes. So weird.

    sorry - supposed to in reply to @monarocv8

    Last edited 01/05/14 11:39 am

    whats the outright cost?

      From Sony's website, at least, they're stating $759

      $469 + postage ($38 insured) from eglobal. http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au
      Will come with a Hong Kong charger, but they always send an AU adapter.

        ap81 @ap81 MAY 2, 2014 1:16 PM
        $469 + postage ($38 insured) from eglobal.

        It is NOT - it's $860 !!!

          in reply to David Arg, i went to the site you linked and the sony z2 $635, where did you see $469? thats a great price.

    infinite everything and 1.5gb standard data

    WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    doubling it to 3gb is hardly gracious.

      kills me everytime. You see the ads touting streaming video over 4g..... just watch your data disappears in 1/2 an hr. Daylight robbery.

    bring on the mini

    I got my Z2, 2 weeks ago new off ebay for $780. I absolutely love it. Everything is amazing on it. Everything.

    Ive been waiting for ages! Im still curious weather to grab this or a Samsung S5? Hoping for more reviews, curious about the size as-well. I

    People...buying a grey import will land it a hell of a lot cheaper. $500 can get you one landed from Hong Kong, the exact phone...the only difference is it comes with a Hong Kong charger.

      Can anyone explain?
      I was checking price -> http://www.sony.com.au/product/xperia+z2 and i am curious what does it means Z2B - what is different because price so cheap (759$) to compare with the prices of Z1 (749$) and Z1c (799$) in this website and from another online eshops like kogan etc... it looks a little bit tricky... is this phone already without problem about overheating???

      I was trying to send them a message but they have an error on website.

    I can't find it on that website, nor can I find it from Hong Kong for $500? Can someone link us? masterlukev @ outlook dot com - Thanks

    Want to buy this phone outright and not willing to import. The wait is killing me!!

    I'm flying out of Japan today, to KL and Singapore...
    On the way to the station in Tokyo, I handed my Z1 to the Taxi driver to show him the destination and when he handed it back, it was completely dead ... no power, no lights, no vibration.

    Should I limp along on an old phone while this one goes in for service, or buy a Z2 in KL and let one of the children have the Z1?

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