Sony Xperia Z2 pre-orders now live in the UK, arriving 1 April

Are you drooling with anticipation over Sony’s Xperia Z2? Well you can reserve your smartphone now, as the Z2 can now be pre-ordered in the UK.

The Inquirer spotted that the phone has gone up for pre-order on Expansys and Unlocked Mobiles, priced at £550 and £545 respectively. The latter is a better deal because you also get a free pre-order bundle of kit, including an SRS-BTM8 speaker, digital noise cancelling headphones, and various unspecified “free content” to an apparent total value of £200.

What’s really interesting, though, is that Unlocked Mobiles has also put an expected shipping date of 1 April (we hope that isn’t a premature fool). That’s just four weeks today, and if this date is on the money, then Sony will have the better of the rival Galaxy S5 by almost two weeks (the S5 is due to land in the UK on 11 April).

We were highly impressed with the Xperia Z2 (and its tablet sibling) at Mobile World Congress last week, and it made the cut for our five best devices of MWC feature. Indeed, James Laird said that while much of the attention was obviously on the Galaxy S5, the Xperia Z2 was the handset he’d really want to take home, given the choice.

For more on the phone – which packs a 5.2in full HD display, and a Snapdragon 801 CPU backed up with 3GB of RAM – check out our hands-on. And keep your fingers crossed that Unlocked Mobiles isn’t just guessing at that release date.