Sony unveils unlocked Xperia Z1 LTE phone for $620

The LTE variant of the phone is available through Sony's Web site, though only the black model is currently in stock.

Sony's Xperia Z1 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Sony is now selling an unlocked version of its Xperia Z1 LTE smartphone in the US to the tune of $620.

Up for sale on the Sony Store Web site, the phone shows up in black and purple, though only the black model is currently available. The purple edition is back-ordered with an expected ship date of April 30, according to Sony.

The non-LTE flavor of the Z1 sells for $550 unlocked and comes in a choice of black, white, or purple, though the black version is currently out of stock.

The Xperia Z1 LTE is packed with a 5-inch full HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 20.7-megapixel rear camera. Sony also touts the phone as waterproof and dust-resistant.

(Via Xperia Blog)

Correction, 9:57 a.m. PT: An earlier headline for this story incorrectly stated the price of the unlocked Xperia Z1 LTE phone. It is $620.

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