Sony Xperia Z is the upcoming flagship Android smartphone from Sony. Announced at the CES 2013, the phone will make its way to stores starting from March onwards. It is a 4G LTE capable handset and has an amazing package of top-notch hardware and features.
The Sony Xperia Z measures 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm and has received an IP57 certification for its dust and water resistant design. It sports an angular body made of plastic which has become a standard for all recent Sony handsets. However, it doesn’t have arc at the rear but instead Sony has opted for a protective glass covered back panel similar to the Nexus 4. The phone is hardly compact by any means but it doesn’t cause any handling issues as it is extremely thin and at 146, it’s quite lightweight as well. On the face, the Xperia Z features a 5-inch on the diagonal LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels which results in a stunningly sharp pixel density of 441 ppi. The screen is powered by Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 which delivers incredible results while viewing high resolution content. It is by-far the best display on a Sony handset till date. On the back, you’ll find a 13.1 megapixel camera which allows user to take amazing snaps up to a maximum resolution of 4128×3096 pixels and record HD videos in 1080p or 720p resolution. The rear camera supports autofocus and has inbuilt image and video stabilization along with an LED flash for assistance in low light conditions. There is a secondary camera as well with a 2.2 megapixel lens which can be used mainly for video calling and self shots.
Sony Xperia Z rolls out with a Qualcomm chipset embedded with a 1.5 GHz Krait processor with four cores and is backed up with 2 GB of RAM for delivering a smooth and hitch-free performance. The internal storage capacity of the phone is 16 GB which is decent. But, if you want to store more data, you can additionally use a microSD of up to 32 GB. As for the software, the handset comes with Android operating system v4.1 i.e Jelly Bean straight out of the box. It is also expected to get upgraded to v4.2 once it goes on sale. It has amazing features and apps like one-touch mirroring, IR remote, TV output, music and video player, FM Radio, HTML5 web browser, document viewer and editor along with the default Android applications like Google Maps, Google Search, Picasa, Google Plus, Youtube, etc. The device packs in a 2330 mAh battery which has a rated stand-by time of 550 hours on 2G / 530 hours on 3G and talk time of up to 11 hours on 2G / 10 hours on 3G networks. Users can also listen to music for up to 40 hours non-stop on a single charge.
The Sony Xperia Z is scheduled to arrive in various parts of Europe in the 1st week of March. Other countries will have to wait a bit longer to get a glimpse of the phone. For pricing and availability, please consult your local retailer.