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.
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 1080×1920 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.