Sony is starting pre-orders in the UK for its upcoming flagship Android handset, the Xperia Z. First unveiled at CES last month, the Xperia Z has a 5-inch 1080p display, Android 4.1, and is powered by Qualcomm's 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Pricing, in the UK at least, seems in line with other handsets, with Three selling the phone at £449.99 without a contract, and O2 offering it for free with a pricey two-year agreement. At launch, it'll be available in white, black, and purple, although the purple edition is an exclusive for O2 customers. Three and Vodafone say that the Xperia Z will be available from February 28th, but a Sony spokesperson told us there is no official release date for the phone just yet.
In a move to drive interest in the Xperia Z, the struggling manufacturer is offering potential customers a massive free gift. It's bundling its MDR-1R headphones — worth $299.99 — with every contract-based pre-order placed before February 27th, while stocks last. We were unable to confirm if Sony has any plans to extend this deal to other European countries or the US. To qualify for the free headphones, you have to pre-order the Xperia Z from one of Sony's launch partners, as listed on its pre-order page.