Report: Sony Xperia Z to launch on January 15th, beating out next Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S IV

Report: Sony Xperia Z to launch on January 15th, beating out next Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S IV
A report from Chinese website ePrice says that Sony will be beating out Apple and Samsung in launching at least one of its 2013 high-end, flagship handsets next month. According to the site, the Sony Xperia Z, formerly known as the Sony Yuga, will be launched on January 15th. That is exactly one week after the start of CES 2013 in Las Vegas, which is where Sony will introduce the model.

The Sony Xperia Z will be one of the new group of smartphones sporting a 5 inch, 1080 x 1920 panel with pixel density of 441ppi. These are the same specs found on the HTC DROID DNA and on some upcoming models like the ZTE Grand S, which also is expected to be made official at CES. The Xperia Z is said to have a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor under the hood with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM on board. A 13MP camera is on back and a microSD slot does come with the phone. The Sony Xperia Z sports LTE connectivity and Android 4.1.2 is pre-installed right out of the box.

By launching the phone in January, Sony is getting one of its 2013 flagship devices out in the market before the next version of the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S IV are launched. The specs of the latter are rumored to be another one of the new high-end handsets to offer a 5 inch panel, 1080p resolution and 441ppi pixel density.

source: ePrice (translated), arstechnica via AndroidAuthority

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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99 Comments

1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Lol ... they have to write iphone in every article :)

3. lee480 unregistered

And S3 too

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not as freqquently :)

46. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They mentioned s3 and iphone almost in every article

71. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yeah those two alwways find a mention...but this may be a samrt move by Sony breakiing their traditional launch cycle. this handset looks promising and Sony may just have a chance of having a good year in 2013!

13. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

(S4*)

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

One source says that that Sony Xperia Z (a.k.a. Yuga) will support SDXC memory cards up to 128GB. AnTuTu: 20965 Quadrant: 7991 Nenamark: 60 FPS Vellamo: 2185 (HTML5)

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Camera will be 12MP not 13MP. There will be new screen to unlock. New Walkman features. P.S. 32GB of internal storage + 128GB through (Isn't it amazing

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

32GB of internal storage + 128GB through SDXC memory card + USB host feature, isn't it amazing? :)

36. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Bluetooth version 4 with 2 Mbps data rate. HDR will be available not only for the photos, but also for the VIDEO!!! NFC support.

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about display it is 5" with FullHD resolution, color reproduction is perfect for all multimedia applications that use Sony Bravia Engine, in all other applications the picture is much worse. Reflections backlight perfectly visible in the black areas of pictures and it's annoying. Viewing angles are small. Density is 440 pixels per inch. Micro HDMI and micro USB are covered with plastic plugs attached to the hull. Non-removable battery! Main camera 12MP with single LED flash. Possibility to wirelessly stream 1080p to compatible devices. P.S. Sorry if I'm a bit "flooding". :)

47. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Its actually 13mp normal mode. In HDR mode it limits to 12mp only

67. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

The Display and the Non-removable battery is a bummer for me.

74. emes360

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

How is 5 inches in 441 ppi a bummer?

85. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Just read comment 42 by PAUser, my supposed answer is there.

80. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Do they even make 128GB microSDXC yet? or are they talking about regular SDXC?

35. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

actually 13mp..

50. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

No bro it will be 13, the person who reviewed the phone was using it on iAuto+ :)

56. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

13 not 12...rest is correct...

87. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

no it will be 13mp but in "super auto mode" the camera can only go to 12mp ;)

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhone 5, and s3 r the benchmark phones that's why.

75. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

iPhone is the benchmark phone for all low/mid ends. The S3 didn't blow away most of the competition like the S2 did. The phone race is becoming wilder by the year. This year, I don't think there was a true benchmark phone.

82. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

HTC = Forever alone

2. lee480 unregistered

Look likes Apple's reign is about to end.

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not until media is there ... as Apple manages media pretty well. Even if Apple rfeleases a crap screen entire media goes drooling over how good it looks.

26. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

You don't even know what you're talking about. Apple gained their market share from being there first. If other manufacturers release their flagship model to compete with the iPhone before the next iPhone generation is released, they have much more potential to gain market share by becoming the incumbent. That was Samsung's strategy with the S3, and it was indisputably effective.

79. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If that was so apple should have been finished by now. I think i know what i am talking precisely :)

83. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

If that was the case Apple would have been going down when the Galaxy S II came out.

4. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Sound like that AT&T will unveil this phone in your unpacked event at CES!

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's what I'm hoping for :) if i dont get the GS IV this will be my top pick

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