After an excruciatingly long wait, the Sony Xperia 1 II finally went up on pre-order, but now it seems that there may be some trouble behind the scenes. B&H, which was the first US retailer to list the phone, has removed the price from its page.
Previously, the new flagship was set to cost $1,200, but now we don’t know. Sony US is mum on the subject as well. For what it’s worth, the phone is still listed at the original €1,200 price at Belsimpel in the Netherlands and JPY 133,600 on Au in Japan.
This many not be about changing the price, instead it could be an issue of availability – B&H never posted a shipping date and neither did Belsimpel. This means that the Xperia 1 II is really only available in Japan.
Last year (in late June), the original Xperia 1 went on pre-order in the US on B&H and several other retailers at a price of $950, bundled with a pair of WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones. Pre-orders in the Netherlands for the Mark II will also be bundled with the XM3, the situation in the US isn’t quite clear. Anyway, we probably won’t see the new flagship in North America and Europe before June.