Sunday , April 23 2017

Australian availability of the Sony Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1
You’d be forgiven for missing the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1, with all the announcements made at IFA last night there was a large number of devices from various manufacturers announced, but in terms of camera, the Sony Xperia Z1 was one of the most promising. Sony advised in their launch that they expected to launch the Xperia Z1 globally this month so we reached out to Sony as well as the Australian Carriers to find out which ones will be carrying the device.

The Sony online store will be accepting pre-orders for the Z1 from Sony online from Monday the 9th September. No pricing has been announced as yet.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be ranged on three carriers in Australia, Optus, Telstra and Virgin Mobile will be carrying the phone, but unfortunately Vodafone has no plans to carry the phone.

Virgin Mobile
Virgin has advised that they will be carrying the Sony Xperia Z1, when released it will be available for $0 per month on the Virgin Mobile $60 Plan – min. total cost is $1440 over 24 months. When they start accepting pre-orders, customers who sign up for a pre-order will receive a Sony NFC Speaker Ball valued at $79 while stocks last(Offer is available to first 300 pre-orders or until 1st October 2013). For more information you can check out the Sony Xperia Z1 mini-site on the Virgin Mobile website.

Has advised that they too will be carrying the Sony Xperia Z1, Pre-orders for the Xperia Z1 will be available from Optus on 16 September. More details on plans and pricing will come soon you can register your interest with Optus on their Smartphone Alerts website.

Telstra has just announced that the Sony Xperia Z1 will be coming to Telstra next month :

Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1 is sure to make a splash in Australia when it comes to Telstra on the superfast 4G network next month.

No pricing or plan information has been made available at this stage but will be made available closer to launch. To sign up for information head over to their Sony Device Alerts page on the Telstra Website.

Will you be ordering the Xperia Z1?


Daniel Tyson   Editor at large

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress and IFA.

  • homebrandcola

    Seriously tempted. Seriously. But, was hoping for the rumoured Z1 mini, which got no mention at all, from what I could see.

    • Peter Massey

      If they release a mini, I’d imagine it’d be a few months after release of this. At least that’s what most of the other manufacturers do, maybe with the exception of Samsung.

  • deanomalino

    Of curse voda aren’t carrying it. >__>

  • Duncan_J

    Only if there is a google play edition

    • Gregorian

      You lose the cool stuff that makes the phone worth buying.

      • Angus Rollason

        Exactly. There’s not much point in a Google Play version when we’re talking sony’s UI. TouchWiz, on the other hand…

        • Gregorian

          If you want a big flat 5″ phone with a good camera and Stock Android, then wait a month for a Nexus.

          • Harpersneil

            Good call! I played with a 2013 Nexus 7 this afternoon and was seriously impressed! My Nexus 4 is epic… but I’m starting to wonder if I should have waited for the 5!

    • Harpersneil

      I’m with you on this one, I HATE skins on Android and Sony’s is one of the worst. But I accept that other people like them, so who am I?!

      This phone would be epic with CM10 on it though…

      • Jason

        Sony’s is actually one of the best. It’s very light.

        • Harpersneil

          I accept that Sony’s skin has improved a lot, but I don’t like it. I shouldn’t have said “it’s one of the worst”, I should have just left it at “I don’t like it”!
          No offence Sony fans, we all love Android!

    • Gregory Williams

      Does there need to be a Google Play edition?? Sony support AOSP very, very well. In fact they are basically the only ones doing it atm.

      There will definitely be custom roms mimicking PE that are very stable.

      That is assuming of cause that there isn’t one, which there definitely could be.

      • Duncan_J

        What can I say, I have a hankering for a vanilla kitkat

  • Gregory Williams

    Sucks that Vodafone aren’t carrying it, they have been good stocking most high-end phones I’ve wanted, until now. I’ll probably go for the nexus 5~ instead, that will undoubtedly be released along with KK instead. Just have to wait longer :/

  • V-Man

    Looks like its not 4G dual band ? So not compatible with whole 4G plus rollout optus are doing

  • tiredofdawait

    anyone know why the UK get a free wireless speaker and a smartwatch free with their pre-order or the z1 and we just get the z1?
    are they being charged more?

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