Will the Sony Xperia Z cope with the fierce competition of 2013?
0. phoneArena 09 Jan 2013, 15:50 posted on
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...
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1. Thanthea (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
If its released early enough it will be my first new phone in 2013
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...
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.
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
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
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)
10. Feanor (Posts: 572; 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.
64. someones4 (Posts: 622; 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...
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.
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.
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.
115. someones4 (Posts: 622; 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...
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.
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.
125. Feanor (Posts: 572; 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...
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
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.
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
43. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Which 5 sony fans are paid to dislike.. Sony is LATE...
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.
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
110. vijaysivakula (Posts: 199; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
so how much do you charge from other manufacturers to blast and defame Sony?
122. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Sony is no where in US, no one buy Sony in US anyways.
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.
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..
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
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.
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!!
81. MeoCao (unregistered)
I have to agree with you, late release certainly doesn't help. And top camera quality is vital for Z.
107. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Rightly said!! Whats the use of waiting for any new phone when it will be out done in another quarter or two ?
For this mobile market, timing is a gigantic factor...
The majority of regular folks dont sit down and investigate itty bitty specs difference. They see the brand recognition and specs! (because of which Sammy is the king currently)
The DNA does well enough in all departments... That does not give the consumer a need to wait unless someone particularly wants a SONY or its camera or any such characteristic.
22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
One thing I know for sure that Sony Xperia Z has best camera and maybe the best design for 2013 and doubtfully that any other manufacturer in this year will beat Sony in these departments, but I'm almost 100% sure that later in this year we will see smartphone with a better SoC!
29. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Same here. Xperia z will be my choice next year 2014 ill get the galaxy s V.
3. andro. (Posts: 1994; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
It probably the first Sony xperia smartphone ive said it about but I think the Z can hold a decent challenge. I never really rated previously Sony phones till they got rid of Ericson and released the Xperia t
5. adnankhan (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Well feature wise, the phone stacks well against the phones that are currently on the market. However, we still don't know what to expect from the phones that come out later this year so it's hard to tell how the Xperia Z will hold up against them. But what I can say is that the competition will be fierce!
129. TMach (Posts: 442; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Live in the here and now as what is the best tech now will always be surpassed by tech in 3 months or 6 months! Right here and now, the Xperia is the best real life phone known to man. The LG Optimus G is not widely available and when I looked at it in the store in the States, left me stone cold. Don't care about S4 whether or not it will have octacore, wake you up, make the coffee, toast or whatever, Samsung is a no no for me after the experience of using the S3 and its poor build quality and even poorer Samsung customer care. Pity that people buy into the hype, look at the sales of iFruit idiot phones or Samsung Galaxy phones!
Xperia Z or ZL or both if available in the UK Sim Free for me until 2014 or the Sony Nexus!
6. twens (Posts: 863; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Fastness has become a norm for most android highends. The sgs4 might not be pretty like the experts Z but software wise I can tell you it will be light years ahead of the Z. Even the current android 4.1.2 update of the s3 puts it ahead of the Z. Don't mess with Samsung,they got their game on. The Z is a great phone but with great hardware it should equally have useful software to take advantage of all this. That is where the galaxies shine.
11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
"Good" software + GREAT Build and Design (sony)> Great software + poor build and design (samsung)
14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
About what software you are talking, they both use Android OS and the only difference is in User Interface.
66. someones4 (Posts: 622; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
Sony puts lots of bloatware rubbish in their phones.
69. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
more like a lot of usefull apps my nexus doesn't have
76. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
If you don't like it and it's taking up you're RAM just root it and get rid of the bloatware and it will be like Vanilla Android.
104. pyradark (Posts: 820; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
cant accept that touchwiz is uglier than ever
119. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
After using Sony's Walkman player and Album app(Which you call bloatware), I find anything below the level of comprehensiveness of those specific apps unacceptable.
And even though, just seeing the design alone of this phone made me pre-order it. It will replace my Galaxy S3 and I will be more than happy.
Stop this fanboyish fight. Every company has their cons and pros. Samsung makes top notch SoCs and amazing displays, but let's face it, Sony has just put so much into this phone.
8. BadAssAbe (Posts: 445; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
The headline is wrong, it should say
Will the competiton be able to cope with the sony Xperia Z!?
36. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Sony will definitely capitalize with this phone. They just have to hit the perfect time frame between Feb and may.... Before S4 launches.
50. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Fact! Due to Sony Xperia Z and ZL, Samsung Galaxy S 4 may lose many customers, right timing is very important!
12. Schuler2828 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Lets all be honest it will not happen, you can thumb me down as much as you want but facts are facts. We love this phone i would take this phone over the GS4 no matter the specs of it simply because it's design is so beautiful and Samsung can never make a device as pretty as a Sony, Sony isn't known so most people will stick with their brands or Apple. if Sony can get his device to every carrier and some prepaid lower the price, advertise the heck out of this phone then they can get brand recognition which will help them in the foreseeable future. Samsung is the king but it's only for a matter of time till somebody challenges them, Samsung will not stay look at Apple.
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I agree that Samsung has not so good design as Sony, but don't need to be so short minded in tech world everything is changing all the time, you always can expect for an surprise from any company!
21. Schuler2828 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Yeah that's what I was trying to say I believe Samsung will have a great design this year, but the Sony is just so gorgeous to me and seems every hard to beat I just wish we can stick with smaller phones I'm 14 and I don't wear skinny jeans but my Galaxy S3 with a case is already big, I hope these manufacturers realize the limit or at least reduce the actual size.
28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I think that smartphone size will stop growing around 5.5" because bigger is definitely not ergonomic according to humans physiology.
19. Feanor (Posts: 572; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Well, the question of the poll is not whether the Z will outsell the GS4; This of course will not happen. It asks if it will cope with the competition, which I believe it will;it will very likely have a respectable presence. (however I thumbed you up. :-))
26. Schuler2828 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I pressed the back button I had something really long typed out but oh well, yeah I went off topic there, I'd love to see the Z on many carriers and do well because somebody needs to be the new king. Thank you:-)
46. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
As 14 year old, you talk pretty intelectual. +1 for you. :)