Confirmed: Sony Xperia XZ Premium Rosso Not A Japan Exclusive

The red variant of the Xperia XZ Premium that Sony Mobile announced last Friday isn't a Japan exclusive, as confirmed by the company's Malaysian division which listed the same model on its website earlier this week. No concrete availability dates have yet been provided by the original equipment manufacturer, though it seems that the latest iteration of the Android-powered flagship will sport a price tag that's identical to the other three versions of the device. In Malaysia, that amounts to just over $800, though the entire Xperia XZ Premium lineup is currently nine percent off in the Southeast Asian country where all presently available models are priced at the equivalent of $730.

The appearance of the new handset in Malaysia also indicates that the same model will eventually make its way to some other markets on the continent, though it remains to be seen if it will also become available in the West. The handset itself was originally sighted almost half a year ago, shortly after the Xperia XZ Premium started selling in select countries. The official name of the bright red model is "Rosso," though the Japanese tech giant didn't explain why it opted to attach an Italian moniker to its latest flagship model. Other than boasting an eye-drawing new color, the red version of the Xperia XZ Premium is virtually identical to its counterparts, with the phone still featuring a case made of glass and metal and shipping with a 5.46-inch display panel with a 4K resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. The Xperia XZ Premium is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM, in addition to coming with 64GB of internal flash memory which can be expanded by up to 256GB with a standard microSD card. A 3,230mAh battery with smart charging support is also part of the package, as is a pair of stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack. The regularly sized top bezel of the Xperia XZ Premium features a 13-megapixel camera, with its rear panel housing a 19-megapixel sensor backed by a dual-LED flash unit.

The Xperia XZ Premium is one of the last high-end examples of Sony's OmniBalance design which is set to be replaced at some point next year, presumably with a bezel-free aesthetic more similar to the look of other contemporary Android flagships. Even if the Rosso edition of the smartphone doesn't officially make its way to the West, it may be available in Europe and the United Sales through resellers.

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