CES 2013: Sony announces Xperia Z

The Real Xperia Z please stand up! And it did. Finally! The specs are pretty much what the rumor mill had suggested – Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocking at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p TFT display  with Bravia Reality Display and a 13MP Exmor RS camera that allows HDR video recording and a 10fps burst more at 9mp. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage, and there is a microSD slot for adding more space, something that most of the 2012 Xperia smartphones missed out on. The Xperia Z will also get LTE in certain markets. The phone comes with a 2330mAh battery.

Some observations about the specs: Why does Sony insist on the basic TFT display, while the rivals are either using the L-LCD2 or the AMOLED family of displays? No matter what, the TFT will always come out second best in a side by side comparison. But, the combination of the quad core S4 Pro and the Adreno 320 graphics should make this scream “performance” every single time you load it to the fullest.

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Sony’s has updated its proprietary technologies – Clear Audio+, Bravia Reality Display and Bravia Engine2, and the Xperia Z will be the first to get the latest versions.

However, what the rumor mill hadn’t told us was about the water resistance capabilities. the Xperia Z can be splashed in water up to a depth of 1 meter, and will survive without any issues. The glass panels on the back and the front, along with plastic covers for all ports on the spines allow that. Sony has an official video demoing this feature:

If you remember the mess regarding the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the 2011 and the 2012 range of Xperia phones, the following update will not impress you one bit. Sony will be sending the Xperia Z to the shelves with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and there is a “promised” update waiting for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. Considering that Sony says the phone should be hitting shelves only in March 2013, this is fairly disappointing.

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About Vishal Mathur

Geek by day, heavy sleeper by night!

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