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Back in September 2015, Sony has introduced its Xperia Z5 Premium handset, a device that features a 5.5-inches display with a 4K resolution. Well, it seems that, now, Sony has announced that the unlocked version of Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact devices will be released in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Xperia Z5 Premium handset will not be released here, at least not for now.

So, if you live in the U.S., you can choose the Xperia Z5 device that comes with a 5.2-inches display, which supports a 1080p resolution for 599 dollars or the Xperia Z5 Compact that features a 4.6-inches display, which supports a resolution of 720p, at a price of 499 dollars. Keep in mind that both devices will be sold directly to consumers starting on February 7, 2016, via Best Buy, B&H Photo and Amazon in unlocked GMS versions.

Aside from smaller screens and resolution, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact share most of the features. Both devices are water and dust resistant, sport a primary camera of 23MP and a secondary camera of 5MP and an internal storage of 32GB, which can be expanded up to 200GB with a microSD card.

The two devices even have the same chipsets, processors and graphics cards, as follows:

– Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset,
– an octa-core processor formed from a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and a Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57,
– Adreno 430 Graphics Card.

However, the Xperia Z5 Compact supports only 2GB of RAM, while the Xperia Z5 comes with 3GB of RAM.

It is good to know that even if Sony made some of the best Android handsets out there, it still struggles in the U.S. Market. First of all, the carriers are not lining up to sell the Sony Xperia line, so the Japanese multinational company headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan, needs to use direct sales routes and sell the phones on its own.

Part of the issue is that the carriers aren’t lining up to sell the Sony Xperia line so Sony has to use the direct sales route and market the phones on its own. At the same time, even if Sony releases handsets that have some awesome features such as camera, high resolution audio support, waterproof and more, the devices are usually quite expensive, compared to the competition.

For example, Google’s Nexus 5X that comes with a 32GB internal storage can be found at 399 dollars only, and it comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 808 chip and more. We agree that this device is not waterproof and it doesn’t support a card slot, but is it worth extra 100-200 dollars?