Sony is signaling that it again wants to be a bigger player in smartphones, especially in the U.S., after announcing a partial retreat more than a year ago.
Sony announced Thursday that its Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones will go on sale unlocked in the U.S. starting Feb. 7. The phones will be available at Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers for $600 and $500 respectively.
The global smartphone market, and especially the U.S. market, is heavily dominated by Apple and Samsung. Sony, which ranked eighth in 2014 with a 4% market share, recently dropped out as one of the top 10 smartphone providers worldwide, according to TrendForce.