The 4.3-inch smartphone goes for about $550 unlocked and is ordered directly from Sony.
The nearly $100 billion app market may not be dominated by tablets, but slate owners spend more on average for content than their smartphone counterparts.
A limited-time promotion sees Sony giving away hundreds of dollars worth of movies, music, and apps for the Xperia Z1, Z1S, and Z2.
The cheaper price represents a major shift for Microsoft, as does a decision to drop the $60 annual fee to access streaming content such as Netflix and YouTube.
The Sony Xperia Z1 will cost AU$779 outright, and will be available for pre-order through the Sony website on 9 September.
With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.
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The LTE variant of the phone is available through Sony's Web site, though only the black model is currently in stock.
HTC announced a fast-tracked OS update schedule for smartphones like the HTC One, One Mini, and One Max.