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Will the Sony Xperia Z cope with the fierce competition of 2013?

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Will the Sony Xperia Z cope with the fierce competition of 2013?
Oh, Sony, oh Xperia! How good it is to see an old player return to the big game with a bang. The Xperia Z, announced at CES 2013, turned out the be the most-intriguing smartphone at the whole expo, although that wasn't really hard to achieve, considering the complete lack of competition. But outside of CES, the competition is hard at work, desperately trying to come up with the next big thing for 2013. The Galaxy S IV, Note III, iPhone 5S/6 - these are just some of the killer-handsets that are going to wage war for every single consumer this year.

Still, we're pretty sure that Sony has a really strong performer in the Xperia Z; after all, the phone has a large and high-resolution screen, super-fast chipset, promising camera and an exquisite design that not all companies can offer. Many see the Xperia Z as a good opportunity for Sony to return to the high-end game and actually do some damage, but the reality is that it'll be extremely difficult.

What do you think, guys and gals, will Sony's Xperia Z and outstanding brand recognition be enough to disturb the the status quo? Let us see what you think by casting your votes in the poll below!

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Will the Sony Xperia Z cope with the fierce competition of 2013?
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(1797 votes) Yes, the Xperia Z can do it!
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463 votes
(463 votes) No, it's not good enough.
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(423 votes) Who knows?!

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posted on 09 Jan 2013, 15:54 19

1. Thanthea (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If its released early enough it will be my first new phone in 2013

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:00 13

2. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


I love this phone too...hope they make it available soon... If they can make it in Q1 they will win... coz Q2 will be all about the Galaxy S4.... which will probably have equal or better specs...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:55 1

71. MeoCao (unregistered)


Design, build quality are superb, it will depend on how well the camera and sound system work. Sony says they are great so I'm hopeful.

I am a little disappointed that Z and ZL do not have A15 quadcore, graphic power and power saving cores like Tegra 4 or SS octocore. But overall these phones are great and tough for SS or HTC to beat.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 22:13 4

103. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


problem is Samsung has already got fanboys of their own sad to say this but when some hear the word Android ,first word that comes to their mind is samsung , i honestly prefer Sony and Htc over samsung any day but i think if Samsung introduces the Exynos Octa and the FOLED technology its going to be 2012 repeating itself , only way to match Samsung is to have equal power , if the Xperia Z featured a Tegra 4 by chance , it would be a serious burden for Samsung's domination plans

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 00:22

106. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I almost totally agree with u !! Thats why HTC does will with the startegy to release flagships earlier than Samsung..
And exactly that is the issue with SONY. They need to launch that thing asap and market it welll

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 01:05

109. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


But the question is, do you really need those thing that Samsung will release? Sure its innovative, the Octa-core and the FOLED (even though Sony have a foldable, rollable screen of their own already, before Samsung)

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:10 3

10. Feanor (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


If it's released 2-3 months before the GS4, it will gain some momentum and it will improve brand recognition. It will only sell a fragment from what the GS4 will sell, but still it will improve massively Sony's market share and it will set some foundations for future releases. Sony is planning to sell 50 million handsets in 2013 which is a tiny percentage of what Samsung sells but still, it's double the amount they sold in 2012 and maybe enough for a runner-up position in the android world. I think with the Z they have good chances to achieve this target.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:32 6

64. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


IMO, most people will hold out just to see what the Galaxy s4 or HTC m7 can bring. The Bravia display has poor viewing angles and looks washed out from what i hear...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:36 6

67. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And what I have heard it has poor viewing angles but it is definitely not washed out.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:59 10

75. MeoCao (unregistered)


I don't see why we need wide viewing angle for phones. This is my phone and I don't want others to see what I'm doing.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:02 5

79. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I agree that viewing angles is not the most important thing on a phone, we hold phone in front of us it is not a TV.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 03:10

115. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Just a weird feeling for me. My previous phone and laptop had horrible viewing angles and I just couldn't bear it...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:57 7

74. MeoCao (unregistered)


Actually people don't expect GS4 to have top notch build quality like the Z, and if Z's camera is great they will not wait for GS4.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:02 2

95. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


I check my xperia arc s has poor viewing angle but still readable from difficult angle that make me feel insecure because people can see what I'm doing with my phone and see the pattern password that I enter. So, sony display is the best for security but not perfect.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 12:29

125. Feanor (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


From all the attributes of a smartphone wide viewing angles is the one that I don't see why we should care about...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:23 3

18. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


I don't think it can change the trend, DNA has better screen SLCD3 vs TFT , Same CPU already in the market from 2 months.
Sony might have better camera but samples do not look promising as of now.. Certainly water proof and dust proof is good and so bigger battery.. but nothing game changer as performance will remain same... due to same SOC.

So better than DNA for sure.. but Releasing in March - Apr is a deal breaker... if one has to wait.. why not wait one more month which brings galaxy s4, optimus g2 and who knows a phone with Tegra 4 may come...which has double the power... I bought DNA on day one.. and will be proud to own best phone for 3 months... any phone released now is out performed in 3 months... Dont see a reason to wait... If you want a phone now.. GET DNA... BEST IN THE WORLD NOW

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:41 9

30. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


sony put their tv mobile engine in their phones. Just because the dna came out first doesn't mean its good. I mean look at sony hd display it have a higher contrast n ppi than the dna.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:10 3

42. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Higher PPI..? they are same.. According to all reviews DNA has best screen PERIOD... go and see any review of DNA

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:11 2

43. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Which 5 sony fans are paid to dislike.. Sony is LATE...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:29 10

63. Googlethis (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


im not a sony fan nor am i paid by sony or there fans to dislike. i believe from photos ive seen etc the sony screen looks better and the droid dna isn't the best in the world it needs alot of improvment in my opinion had the dna the day it was released beyond the screen quality i did not see a notable increase in porformance in any area to give it any sort of praise.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:00 2

91. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


hahahaha.... Go and see any DNA review all reviewers say its the best in the world... No performance improvements.. Benchmarks are highter than all.... so is the daily use... I have owned, LG thrill 3d, Galaxy s2, Motorola atrix HD... so i know all generations of super phone.. this is the best phone in the world right now and sony will be TOO LATE AS USUAL

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 01:49 5

110. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


so how much do you charge from other manufacturers to blast and defame Sony?

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 12:01

122. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Sony is no where in US, no one buy Sony in US anyways.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 08:05 1

120. Googlethis (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I could care less about reviews and benchmarks I base my review of the dna simply on how it worked when I used it no average consumer is going to care about its processor speed rating or connection and I have used or owned "super phones" and quite frankly the dna does not impress me as much as the droid razr maxx hd or the optimus g or even the iphone 5 dont take what I am saying as I think the phone im simply stating it does not impress me and just because htc was first to the game with 1080p screen does not mean that the phones released after the dna are inferior in any way they might have improved the performance who knows I wont know until I see and use the new sony phones.but at the current time from what im seeing in pictures the design and screen look really nice.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 11:58

121. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Bad joke..lol

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 12:16

124. Googlethis (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


??????

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 12:15

123. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Sounds like buls**t ... DNA is blazing fast.. and best cpu and screen.. out performs any one.. you wont agree.. as you dont own it.. Find one user who owns dna and find it inferior to any other phone in market..by the way HTC image sense chip take shots/0.2 sec, neither, razr maxx hd, iphone 5 or optimus g do that... and they all have slower cpu other than optimus g which has ics 4.0 only no jelly bean or google now.. You are JOKE.. PERIOD..

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 13:01

126. Googlethis (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Believe that i have the phone or not i don't really care. From a point of view from the average consumer not the techy consumer not iConsumer just the average consumer there are phones better suited for their needs if you want to go with the latest and greatest and it works for you all the more power to you. beyond that I have not been able to sell droid dna's beyond to techy people such as yourself my main sellers are GS3 and Iphone (4,4s,5) with the ocational Motorola droid razr hd.

p.s. the only reason why the lg optimus g was up there was because the screen impressed me nothing more

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:56 12

72. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They maybe late but there designs are cherished by everyone. Even Apple salutes and respects SONY.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 00:35 1

108. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Design is largely a matter of opinion!!
I have loved Sony Ericsson designs from the start.. The K750i was a real handsome thing!!
I think the Arc is one of the best designed Androids till date
But the brick NXT designs i found them to be too slaby... total dislike for me
But they seem to have realised that and move back towards Arc inspired designs for the next generation Xperia T and family....
But otherwise i prefer HTC designs. I currently own the One S which i consider an exquisite piece of art!!

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