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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130. Schuler2828 (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Thank you:) I try to get the most for my money, so you kinda have to be a nerd.
27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Exactly my point. Water proof rugged dust proof. Sexy design. Need i say more?
55. TMach (Posts: 331; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Not gonna thumb you down fella but fact is Sony was always a big player so you are wrong to state people do not know the brand. Sony Ericsson made some big mistakes but since the divorce, Sony has made a step change. Biggest Android performer in the UK after Samsung last year but these things do not happen overnight and is achieved incrementally. Personally, I have always chased new phones looking for the perfect phone or near enough damn it and this is the first handset that ticks that box. The specs are neatly balanced between new tech and practicality and I don't give two hoots about a spec race where someone might stick an octacore processor into a phone but encase it in poorly built plastic body/casing which cracks, poor quality control etc. There will come a time for that I suppose but for me, that is not just yet.
Sony will recapture its status if it builds on this beast, beauty, specs, build quality and optimisation - complete package!
61. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I agree with you, I have kind the same philosophy oabout Xperia Z.
13. smallworld (Posts: 371; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
And if its not enough, Sony has something even bigger for Q3.
24. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
ha and that is where the cookie will crumble for the competition!
39. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Are we talking about their 6 inch phablet powered by Samsung's A15 Exynos Quad with 3GB of RAM? That would be a true playstation phone, top it off with the ZL's hardware, sign me up!
100. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
That supposed rumored Q3 super phone of theirs with an exynos A15 is said to be false by the same people that spread it. But if Qualcomm could release their Snapdragon 800 processors b4 I.F.A. then that supposed false rumor could become a reality. . .
16. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
in benchmark tests and reviews it will do great but in sales it may fall behind Samsung. The Galaxy S 4 and the Note III might dominate 2013 like they did in 2012.
80. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Hopefully not this time cause SONY are, have come back with designs to die for.
20. mturby (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
The real competition will be weather your quad core smartphone can upgrade to the latest Android os.
im an android fan.
25. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Is that a stupid question? Hell yes!
31. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i voted for "who knows?" because my question is, how many carriers will have it and how many opening markets will it be in? if it can become accessible to mostly everyone in the world (like the gs3 did) then i think it will be successful. it really is a nice design.
49. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I agree. These OEMs have got to stop playing favorites with these carriers. Classic example is Motorola and Verizon. There is no way in heck Moto should have made the Razr exclusive to VZW. It's their best selling device, but they could have sold many more if it were released on the other 3 carriers with the Razr name intact. Love it or hate it, people remember the old Razr and even those who grew to hate it were instantly curious when the Droid Razr came out, and bought it despite their past bad experience. If Sony does what they always do...give to AT&T ONLY, then no. It will not be able to compete. Put it on all carriers, because most would rather forget about your phone then to switch carriers.
54. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
Rumour has it that At&t and Sony fallen out, because of the xperia ion. The delay and it releasing with Gingerbread made At&t rethink their relationship. Also, Sony broke the last straw by not tell At&t about the Xperia ZL before CES.
But fear not, T-mobile and Verzion are said to take on the Sony flag
57. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
we dont all live in usa you know, actually most sales occur in the rest of the world
32. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I like these new-tech devices and everything, CPU cores, perfrormance, screen real estate, resolution, battery juice and camera pixels doubling every 18 months - but for the love of God why can't internal storage follow? It is DIRT CHEAP and you have a fullHD, 2,6k soon 4k device and a flawless copy of your blu-ray disc can barely even fit let alone more stuff such as HRes photographs, family videos, music etc. 64GB (costing companies some $15) should be the starter package with 128 and 256GB offerings, and quite frankly I do not understand why doesn't a Sony or Huawei wants to stand out that way?
34. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i think the galaxy s4 will address your question.
38. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Still, it should start at 64GB, and believe me, ppl. would still hand out an extra buck for 128, 256GB. Of course for a phone storage is not THAT big a deal (but that phone is a 5" fullHD multimedia mayhem, so it kinda is) and I find it odd that you can't store things comfortably, serious bottleneck.
37. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Because many companies are pushing user to use Clouds, in such way companies want to milk some money from the users. And I think that it is one of the reasons why LG Nexus 4 has only 8/16GB storage because Google is pushing Cloud services.
41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
But there is some solutions:
1. With some devices you can still use an external memory storage via Micro USB.
2. You can make your own Cloud.
45. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Can't imagine Huawei or even larger phonemakers turning a big buck on cloud services - common sense says they could do FAR better just throwing the gigabytes in and putting the rivals to shame, because between the same old 5" S4 Pro phones, millions would go for their product due to the healthy storage not to fool around with external HDDs in the pocket world.
48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I don't know but it is one of theories.
90. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Another great advantage of xperia z micro sd
33. jibraihimi (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
I think competition will be really tough this year, if all the manufacturers are able to release their FullHD flagships around same time, then it will be tough call for consumers to decide, some will go for brand name, some will go for value for money model, some who are committed to one brand will go for their model. In the end it will also boil down to who is able to market their products better, the products which are more visible will arouse people's curiousity. Overall it will be tough for Sony in some market to compete with Chinese companies like Zte, Huawei and lenovo; because their product also looks very compelling and they are known for pricing their products very competitively...............we will also have better idea about competitors flagship model by next month after Mobile World congress........... This year choice is very tough for us...........
35. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
It's a great phone but will be forgotten by May. It has last years processor and no other major wow factors. One of the BEST for now but in this market, it will be forgotten soon enough.
44. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I agree, it will be forgotten as any other smartphone also I agree that it has last years SoC but other factors is jut WOW!
40. Atlas (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)
Well considering this is the H1 flagship, I think it is a great step towards the H2 and as long as Sony do well with it I'm sure there year will be great, as long as they don't over flow the market with phones
47. yatmiko (Posts: 36; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
I like this phone, but if SS use exynos 5 octa on S4 then this will be big challenge again to Sony.
59. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Think you may be right, Sony not only have to look out for the GS4 but the Note 3 which they will be unveiling a large 6 inch competitor to during H2 of this year.
Don't count out a GS4 Mini (successor to the GS3 Mini), if Samsung implement their own in built Exynos 5250 Dual or even the Exynos 5440 Quad in a smaller 4-4.2 inch form factor, that alone will not only be a nightmare to Sony's mobile division, but to the IPhone 5s and to Samsung's own Galaxy S4 as no doubt a few casual consumers will find the 5 inch form factor uncomfortable. Doing so will also cannibalise their own S and Note series sales, so it'll be interesting to see what route Samsung take with a GS4 Mini which will no doubt, be in huge demand by customers wanting a smaller form factor.
87. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
im tired of phone gettin faster and didnt bring what it says on paper,
both note2 and s3 are good on paper but hangs on reality....
I might put myself on build quality this time and the beauty of this phone
52. taz89 (Posts: 1944; Member since: 03 May 2011)
why would people click its not good enough..if the z is not good enough then essentially your saying all other phones are not good enough too cause the z has the same or better spec than other flagships from htc or huawei etc
53. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 157; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
I don't see any feature that sets this above the DROID DNA
56. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
One big plus point is that it's available in Europe.
88. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
lets put DNA and Z on a bowl of water, let see whose survive!!!
haters never accept that they bough a wrong phone hahahaha
58. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
As long as the interest and coverage is maintained until launch I think it'll do ok. I remember being interested in the Xperia S this time last year. A lot of phone websites and tech magazines seemed slightly interested in it, but no where near the levels of interest they all have for this phone.
68. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
i believe these are the first true sony designed phones after ericsson was bought out, you can see the big difference in design and quality, which are 2 things android really needs.
Sony has been slowly building momentum over the last year and i think in a few more years it will have one of the biggest sales in at least high end sales. people want great quality not justsuper specs.
I don't know why people get so thingy about the latest specs (like the gs4 might havev faster processor..oh no!) cause most phones these days 90% of the time would never get slowed down (especially with 4.1 and up). Its just a gimic OEMs use to try and get more sales.
I personally prefer sony, also most of my friends have iphone and main reason (other than they own a mac) they dont get android phone is due to bad build quality.
70. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...they dont get android phone is due to bad build quality."
iPhone 5 build quality is really poor, iPhone 4 and 4S build quality except glass on the back was better.
73. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
i know but thats just what they're led to believe
83. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
True, but this SONY ZL is build with quality materials.
78. JKOOL (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I really hope they do manage to cope. If they optimize right and the handset gives awesome performance in both battery and software, then it will be the phone everyone's talking about this year. For the one who said get the DNA, HTC is not a brand that sells well so people who look to Sony won't look to HTC.
82. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
if sony will price it right and release it to all major US carriers, then sony can do it!!! trash that crapsung!!!
84. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Samsung and Sony both should do well.
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89. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Timing,if they release it say jan30 or feb they'll be great(sony z) with s4 pro the best camera sensor exmor water dust proof bravia 2 very beautyful build sony xperia z is very STRONG even if theres a looming s4 dna2 or iPhone6 lurking it can withstand it i know
92. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)
One of Sony's biggest problems is the fact that they don't keep their software current, when it comes to Android version upgrades. That alone can make are the hardware enhancements they've incorporated into the Xperia Z mean nothing.
105. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
bcoz they are busy updating "A LOT" of the alphabet device and some named device, while others are just busy updating their only FLAGSHIP Phone
that's the difference
94. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
Needs to be released ASAP.
And needs an update in 2H 2013 updating the same phone to the Cortex A15 or better (Snapdragon 800) cores and better GPU.
And of course, timely Android updates.
96. Warenward (Posts: 8; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
I think the fact that it doesn't have an A15 processor will hurt it, but other than that I think that the phone is absolutely superb.
101. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Sony's drawbacks are always specs, Samsung and HTC and LG leads.
97. cGmC11 (Posts: 107; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
Dear AT&T; my current phone (Motorola Atrix 4G) debuted 2 years ago (January 5 2011) in CES2011 and won the title of the best smartphone unveiled in the show. The first day of sale of this phone (February 22 2011), I signed a 2 year contract with you that end next month. Depend of you renewed this contract for 2 more years with the smartphone that "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" in this CES2013. Please make this phone officially official.
98. theZED (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 May 2012)
No matter what even the slightest ascension is inevitable.
99. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I voted who knows, because it all goes down to several things
1. Reviews: the UI looks dated to be honest yeah the phone is nice but with a less appealing interface then we might have found an issue. Functionally is all what our phones are about, and if it falls under the completion in therms of how "it just works" then we have an issue
2. Aviability : when and whee the phone will be sold is important
3. Promotion: how are they going to make ads? And how effective they turn out to be is important
Issues on any of these will mean trouble