Three sells the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, a device announced earlier this year at CES 2013, for a mere £450 on Pay as You Go direct from Three Networks plus an extra £10 top up voucher. The phone is the followup of the Sony Xperia T and replaces it as Sony's top of the range handset.
That’s the same price as the BlackBerry Z10, which is an arguably inferior handset, as far as hardware is concerned. The device comes with a free pair of Sony’s high definition MDR-1R headphones worth £299; the offer is only valid for the first 1,000 people who will pre-order the phone from Three in one of the company’s retail stores.
The Xperia Z has some stunning features starting with that gorgeous 5in 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display. That’s the same resolution as most computer monitors and television sets on the market.
It is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, 16GB onboard storage, a 13-megapixel camera, up to 11 hours talktime, a weight of 146g and a thickness of only 7.9mm, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the ability to withstand water and dust (it is IP55 and IP57 compliant).
The £10 top up will give the customer 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB data. Increase that to £15 and Three will offer you 300 minutes, 3000 texts and all you can eat data.