It is no secret that Sony is not the largest smartphone player in the U.S. While the phones (and tablets) are typically pretty good, they are not too commonplace here. Regardless, some of us still get excited when Sony announces new devices. That excitement is easily doubled whenever those make it to the States.

The Xperia XZ was announced at IFA back at the beginning of this month with U.S. availability. You can now pre-order it from Amazon for $699 in blue, silver, and black (though, at the time of this writing, the black was showing at $717.59 for me). The official date has been given as October 2, where you should also be able to purchase this phone at Best Buy (and "other participating retailers").

As a refresher, the Xperia XZ sports a 5.2" 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, a 23MP camera with "triple image sensing technology", microSD slot, USB Type-C, and IP 65/68 water and dust resistance. Overall, it sounds like a very appealing device