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Sony Xperia Z3+ pre-orders kick off, still no sign of the Z4

With the Western world still waiting for the Xperia Z4, UK retailers have starting accepting Sony Xperia Z3+ pre-orders.

An incremental update on the Xperia Z3, the flagship Z3+ was unveiled last month as the global take on the Japan exclusive Z4.

Despite featuring no major updates or new components, the Z3+ is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. The handset also plays host to an improved processor and a small camera bump.

Now, ahead of the phone’s June 26 in-store release, high street chain Carphone Warehouse has started letting wannabe Z3+ owners drop the cash early and pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 challenger.

Available in black, white and green colour schemes, the high-end handset can be tied to a number of costly pay monthly plans.

A £40 per month, 24-month deal with no handset fee sees the device bundled with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and a 2GB, 4G data allowance on Vodafone.

Looking to sweeten the deal, all Z3+ pre-orders placed through Carphone Warehouse will see the device boxed with a Hi-Res audio package.

This comprises of a free 90 day subscription to streaming service Tidal and a pair of HQ audio Sony headphones.

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The Sony Xperia Z3+ plays host to a 5.2-inch, 1080p Full HD display alongside 3GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor.

With 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD, the phone lines up at 6.9mm thin and just 144g in weight.

With the phone’s 20.7-megapixel primary camera paired with a secondary, 5-megapixel camera up front, the Z3+’s specs sheet is rounded off by a compacted 2,900mAh battery.

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