Pre-orders alone shoot new Sony phone up the charts

The Xperia Z is seen as a serious challenge to Samsung's Galaxy S3, which has dominated UK sales. Credit: Sony

The new Sony smartphone has become the UK's second best-selling handset from pre-orders alone.

The Sony Xperia Z is beaten only by the Samsung Galaxy S3, which remains in the top spot for the 10th consecutive month, price comparison website said.

The Samsung Galaxy range dominates February's top 10, taking four places, with Apple's iPhone 5 only in third position due to the success of Sony's new handset.

The Sony Xperia Z, which only became available to buy yesterday, is seen as a serious challenger to Samsung's Galaxy S3.

The waterproof, dust-resistant Sony PlayStation-certified handset boasts a 13-megapixel camera, HD recording and 5in HD display.