Sony Xperia Z Becomes Official at CES 2013

Here we go boys and girls, as you know by now it's CES week. And we've already been through many press conferences today. Now we are down to the big ones. Sony has just started their press conference, and Qualcomm will have theirs a bit later tonight. Sony has just announced the Xperia Z. Big surprise. We've seen this phone leaked so much in the past few weeks. Now we have official specs and official pics of the device.

The Sony Xperia Z has a killer spec list:

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 pro processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13MP rear-facing camera; 2.2MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB internal storage; expandable via micro SD card
  • Android 4.1
  • Battery 2330mAh
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Dust proof and Water resistant
  • Sony Bravia Engine 2 included for super brightness and clarity

It's a great looking device and has 4G LTE connectivity, which doesn't really narrow it down as to which carrier it'll be on. Sony Mobile Communications President and CEO Kuni Suzuki, spoke about the Xperia Z:

"With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,"

"With great specifications, Sony's media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before."

The Xperia Z also has Intelligent Sony Technology, which brings Sony's long-standing TV expertise to its smartphone and delivers some immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity thanks to the Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine that's included in the Xperia Z. This new Sony device also includes Battery STAMINA Mode which can improve standby time by up to four times. It automatically shuts down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is turned off and then restarts those apps when the screen is turned back on again.

Sony also included plenty of new NFC features in the Xperia Z, and introduced some new NFC-enabled headsets. With these new headsets, you can simply touch them to the Xperia Z to begin listening to tracks. The Xperia Z is very durable. It introduces an unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and a smooth reflective surface on all sides. The device also has the highest levels of dust and water resistance (IP55 and IP57) found in a premium smartphone.

Sony did not give a specific date during their press conference but they did say that the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL would begin going on sale in Q1. Both devices will launch with Android 4.1 on board and will receive an upgrade to Android 4.2 shortly after launch. We will keep you updated on details of launch and which carriers the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will be available on.

What are your thoughts on the Xperia Z? Could it be your next phone? Let us know in the comments below.

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