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Sony Xperia Z smartphone available from £26 per month: a bargain for data-hungry users

The Sony Xperia Z has only been recently launched (check out our hands-on on the smartphone at CES earlier this year) and hasn’t been officially released. Yet, it is rapidly becoming a bargain basement handset with sub-£30 contracts.

AffordableMobiles is offering the handset for £26 per month on a two-year contract. That’s a total cost of ownership of £624, which compares well with the £450 you have to fork out for the PAYG version. The plan, available from T-Mobile on its Full Monty package, includes 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data.

The phone itself is a marvel of technology. It manages to cram a full HD resolution into a 5in display. Full HD is what is usually found on television sets, going all the way up to 100in and more.

The Xperia Z runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera and comes with NFC, Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi.

On top of that, this superthin device (only 7.9mm) is also dust proof, water resistant, 4G compatible and thanks to Sony’s own Battery STAMINA mode, its battery life can be significantly increased beyond the quoted 14 hours talk time.

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