Optus Prices The Sony Xperia Z1 And The Sony Xperia Z Ultra

We loved the new Sony Xperia handsets — the Z1 and the Z Ultra — when we saw them at IFA this year, and now they have a price outright and on contract from Optus! Here's what you can get them for.

Optus outed the new Sony handsets this morning, carrying them on plans and offering them for outright purchase.

You can score a Sony Xperia Z1 outright for $769, while the Z Ultra will set you back $829.

On plan, the Z1 starts at $7 extra per month on a $60 My Plan, which includes 600 minutes of calls, unlimited SMS and MMS within Australia and 1GB worth of data. There's a 24 month contract attached to that.

Inside the Z1 is a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 beast, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 3000mAh battery. The most impressive improvement is the camera, which is a 20.7-megapixel shooter with a whole lot of tech behind it.

The camera boasts a 1/2.3-inch sensor, roughly on par with the one in the Galaxy S4 Zoom. It's no Nokia 1020, but then that's a high bar to jump. Still, it's one of the beefiest cameras we've even seen on an Android phone. And it's got some fun features too, including a burst option which lets you fire off 30 shots with a single press of a button.

Z Ultra

The Z Ultra, meanwhile, is an extra $5 per month on the $80 My Plan. That includes 800 minutes of calls, unlimited SMS and MMS within Australia and 2GB worth of data. There's a 24 month contract attached.

Under the hood of the Z Ultra you'll find a 6.4-inch 1080x1920 display at 342ppi, featuring TRILUMINOUS Display technology, an X-Reality for Mobile engine and an OptiContrast panel — the same algorithms, colour maths and software Sony uses in its 4K TVs for brilliant colours. There's also a knockout Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facer. It's all kept alive by a massive 3000mAh battery crammed into a tiny 6.5mm thick body.

Both these phones go on sale on Optus' 4G network from 1 October, but you can pre-order in-store, online and over the phone today.

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