Sony Unveils its Flagship Xperia Z Android Smartphone

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Sony unveiled its first quad core Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, at CES 2013, for which it is hoping to give tough time to competition smartphones namely Samsung’s S3 and iPhone 5.

After acquiring the Ericsson part of the company in 2011, the Japanese phone manufacturer is finally into the race with top-notch Android smartphones.

As speculated, Xperia Z, an Android flagship boast mighty impressive specifications having a 5-inch LED-backlit 1080p, 443-ppi TFT LCD reality display in a 7.9mm thin body with anti-shatter glass on front and back.

Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, this device is powered by a fast quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset clocked at 1.5GHz Krait processor, Adreno 320 graphics. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB with microSD card.

On board, it has embedded with exciting 13 Mega Pixel Exmor RS camera sensor (the improvement in Xperia S Exmor camera) with HDR video and 9 MP burst mode at 10 frames per second with the front facing camera of 2 Mega Pixel Exmor R sensor.

According to Sony, Xperia Z comes with 2,330 mAh battery with Stamina Mode, which improves standby time by four times or more by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them again once the screen is back on.

Connectivity options for this device include Bluetooth, LTE, HSPA+, NFC, GPS and FM Radio. The smart phone is IP55 and IP 57 certified, which means its water and dust-resistant. According to the company, it can stay submerged in water for 30 minutes.

Here are complete Specifications for Sony Xperia Z:

  • OS: Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor:
      • Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064
      • CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
      • GPU:Adreno 320

  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 in
    • Weight: 146 g
    • IP57 certified – dust and water resistant
    • Water proof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Display:
    • TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Size: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
    • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Memory:
    • Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
    • Internal: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC, USB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13.1 MP, 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • Secondary: 2.2 MP
  • Battery:
    • Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery
    • Stand-by: Up to 550 h (2G) / Up to 530 h (3G)
    • Talk time: Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)

Sony has said that phone will ship during Q1 of 2013 but no pricing information was made available. It is anticipated that phone will hit stores at around USD 650 (or Rs. 65,000) without subsidies.

Sony also announced a lighter version of Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia ZL, which we will be covering in a seperate post.

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  • Ali_Amjad

    at last SONY has delivered something promising. Finally a Xperia phone worthy of being called a flagship and a worthy competitor in 5 inch 1080p race

    • DJ

      well HTC Butterfly also in the race :) but Sony wins due to 13MP cam and Beautiful design in my opinion :)

      • Hassan00107

        definitely xperia z is far away better than htc butterfly not just 13mp camera and beautiful design also superior camera with new exmor rs sensor and with hdr recording ,Bravia engine 2,water and dust prof ,up to 10 finger touch,7.9mm thick vs 9.1 and big battery 2330mah vs 2020mah

        • DJ

          but the thing which going to matter is price factor lets see what both companies going to offer in terms of price pre order of xperia Z is @ 827$ and butterfly as per HSN is 71k ..

          • Hassan00107

            yes price is really a matter but its a pre order prices which always high a expansys online store pre ordering xperia z in $644 and after short time prices go down by the way sony smartphones prices are lower than others

  • Yasir Latif

    I am using Sony Xperia U since its launched and i am really very satisfied with Xperia features and reliability of handset…. Go for Xperia its fantastic.

    • M.Aswad Mehtab

      My Friend is using xperia S , as he is not a power user he just use it to take photos etc and still running on Android 2.3 so i can get a true feel of Xperia phone from his feedback , Xperia U seems good , what you say how it performs ? Battery life ? App experience , web surfing experience ? and what you think missing from it ?

      • Hassan00107

        chose which one you like they will not disappoint you

      • Yasir Latif

        Recommended, everything is good init…. Performance of Skype face 2 face is also good.

      • Hasnain Maec Abbas

        Try xperia T instead of s, t is far superior

  • OpelComputers

    i m using Xperia P :)

    • M.Aswad Mehtab

      what you say how it performs ? Battery life ? App experience , web surfing experience ? and what you think missing from it ?

  • they unveiled it 1 week ago. way to be ‘up to date’

  • fksysko

    At last Propakistani heard about Xperia Z :)

    • Hasnain Maec Abbas

      I have been a fan of Sony for ages, but frm xperia S to xperia T, already pre ordered xperia z… Had been following Yuga since the 1st rumor

  • Billabadmash

    When this phone be in market it will be in my pocket (In Shah ALLAH )

  • beautyyy <3

  • technologic

    Sony Xperia fones are good but battery life on most of ’em sucks

  • Amjad

    It has been true with my phone that whenever mobile phone services knocked out,
    the landline always worked. During the blocking of cell phone services, you can rely on a landline to communicate with others, which shows the importance of a landline connection.

  • Hassan00107

    check this one about xperia z its you enjoy lot by reading
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/science/2013/01/130108_sony_smart_fone_xperia_sz.shtml
    and don’t forget to see xperia z picture lollllll

  • Hasnain Maec Abbas

    Copied from xperia blog…..

  • What will be it’s expected price in pakistan???