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Sony’s Xperia Z2 has now come to the US, although the $700 price tag might make some wait for the Verizon-branded model that’s due next month.

Sony’s latest-generation Xperia flagship has been international since it launched, being deemed one of the best smartphones for its image quality. Now, after some months, the Xperia Z2 is available in the US.

The Xperia Z2 is unlocked for US customers, so don’t get your hopes up that you’ll find a contract model for $199 with a two-year contract (as is the case with the LG G3 or Samsung Galaxy S5). With that said, you’ll pay $700 out-of-pocket with a special $50 offer (so, $650). The Xperia Z2 price is a little higher than what you’ll pay for other competing flagships off-contract (again, the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones will cost $600 off-contract). At the same time, if you’re a Sony fan or someone who really believes in what Sony’s doing with its photography, the extra $50 is a small price to pay to own Sony’s latest.

Just so you know what you’re getting, the Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOUS display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The Xperia Z2 runs with a 2.3Ghz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM and features a whopping 20.7MP rear-facing camera with an 8X digital zoom, a 2.2MP front-facing camera, and 4K video resolution.

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The Z2 has 16GB of internal memory storage, but you can increase it by way of the microSD card slot that provides an additional 128GB of memory storage. For your leisure needs, Sony’s Xperia Z2 houses a 3,200mAh battery, the same size battery you’ll find in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. You’ll find the usuals here as well, with Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0.

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To show its appreciation for your purchase, Sony’s thrown in free shipping for good measure – so you’re bound to get free shipping for just picking up the phone, although Sony doesn’t mind you purchasing a few accessories for your new Xperia Z2 while you’re at it.

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At this late date, we’re happy to see the Z2 arrive but sad that it took Sony so long. Sources say that the Verizon-branded Xperia Z2 will still make its way to the US sometime in mid-August. If you’re a contract fan who doesn’t wanna pay $700, hold on to your dollars for now. We have a feeling that Sony didn’t post that so-called “mockup” Verizon image for nought.

Visit the Sony Store in order to place the order.

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