Sony unveils Xperia Z flagship; 1080p display, water-proof

Today at CES 2013, Sony has unveiled a brand new (and heavily rumored) Android flagship device called the Xperia Z, bringing with it some mighty impressive specifications for this sort of device. The Xperia Z packs a 5-inch, 1080p 443-ppi TFT LCD "Reality" display in a 7.9mm thin body, plus a fast quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with LTE and NFC on board, and 2 GB of RAM. Storage-wise there's 16 GB on-board plus a microSD card slot for expansion.

Other features that are particularly exciting include the new 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor, improving on last year's already fantastic Exmor camera that we saw in the Xperia S by bringing HDR video and 9 MP burst mode at 10 frames per second. The front facing camera also has been upgraded to a 2-megapixel Exmor R sensor, so perhaps finally we can get decent front-facing shots.

Also, the Xperia Z comes with IP55 and IP57 certification, meaning the phone is water-resistant up to 1 meter, protected from jets of water and encased from dust causing serious damage. Previously these sorts of designations were only given to tough-model smartphones, so it's wonderful to see an actual flagship being well protected from the elements.

Currently there's no word on the price, but it will be launching very soon: sometime in Q1 2013. When it does launch it will be loaded with Android 4.1, although an upgrade to 4.2 will come shortly afterwards.

Source: Engadget
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I love my iPhone 5, and don't care for Android, but WOW that is a SEXY phone, with some ruggedness to boot! Samsung can go **** themselves with their crappy plastic crap!

-=MagMan=- said,
I love my iPhone 5, and don't care for Android, but WOW that is a SEXY phone, with some ruggedness to boot! Samsung can go **** themselves with their crappy plastic crap!

It's a Sony. They know design!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

It's a Sony. They know design!

GS:mac


The irony of you posting that comment from a Mac was not lost on me.

Raa said,

The irony of you posting that comment from a Mac was not lost on me.

Yeah....

On a more serious note:

There's no irony involved.
I give credit where credit is due.

As opposed to some jerks (not looking at you ) thinking that, I'm not a zombie of a fangirl.
I'm a fan and choose my systems wisely. Apple wins pretty often in my books, but I won't let that knowingly stand in my way of appreciating competitors.

Sony has some similar design philosophies to Apple so maybe that's why they appeal to me a lot.
I've been a Sony fan long before I became an Apple fan and in my early naive days I was a diehard Microsoft fangirl and hated Linux and Apple. Eventually I became curious about Linux and later on (1-2ish years later) I became an Apple fan.

GS:mac

Its almost as perfect as you can get with android.... other than the fact they put a sony UI/Launcher on it.

Do none of the OEM's get this? leave the bloody thing stock!

well they have to make their phones different. Basically this is exactly like the HTC Droid DNA with an added sd slot, or its just an HTC J Butterfly.

I am Reid said,
well they have to make their phones different. Basically this is exactly like the HTC Droid DNA with an added sd slot, or its just an HTC J Butterfly.

It's more than that. The build quality and camera are better, and it's waterproof. And no Sense and an unlockable boatloader. Much better imo.

- That round power button... wtf that will get pushed a lot
- Longer iphone-like design.... ugh no thanks
- Android... hell no
- The rest of the specs are nice though.

Wow - if this were a Windows Phone, I'd be all over this - especially since I'm out in the rainy weather a fair amount over the course of the year.

Too bad it's Android...

I don't understand why the Desktop only has a few icons on it. Seems like a waste. Aren't users going to be making all kinds of unnecessary swipes and touches? Looks very 2003 to me. Also, why is the phone so long? That seems funky. Finally, is that a big button on the side or what?

You can customize it you know... You can put as many icons and widgets on it as you want!

The phone isn't longer than other phones, phones have been using 16:9 displays for ages now.

The big button on the side is the standby button. Why is it so big? Because you use it all the time (Sony did research, on average 67 times a day).

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