Xperia Z, the flagship smartphone from Sony is now up for pre-orders in U.K. The SIM free black variant of Xperia Z is available from various carriers.

At CES 2013, Sony officially launched the sleek device with its global availability set to Q1 of this year. Apart from UK, the handset is also available for sale across many other European countries like Spain, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium.

Xperia Z has a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 2GB of on board RAM and a 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via MicroSD card.

The 5-inch scratch, water as well as dust resistant display of the smartphone offers a touchscreen experience enfolded in the resolution of 1080×1920 with a pixel density of 441ppi.

In addition to 13.1MP auto-focus LED Flash camera on the rear end that can capture videos at 1080p, the device features a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera capable of shooting videos at 720p.

Xperia Z runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has a 2,330mAh lithium battery, encompassing 4 times improved standby time for STAMINA mode of battery, and can survive being underwater at a 1 meter depth for 30 minutes.

On the connectivity front, the smartphone has support for LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n plus Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, UMTS/HSPA, and MHL connectivity for mobile entertainment.

The willing customers can pre-order either black or white variant of the device from various UK carriers including O2, Three, Vodafone, Amazon UK for €499, Phone4U, Carphone Warehouse and from the official Sony mobile Webstore for €529 (including taxes). The stock has already arrived in these carriers, and no shipping charge will be applied on the device for pre-orders.

According to the latest reveals, Xperia Z will reportedly hit Greece on March 4, Finland on March 5, Norway on March 13, and subsequently will arrive the rest of the world soon.