Simply known as the Sony Xperia Z, it’s the Japanese company’s dubbed flagship device – and boy does it have the impressive specs sheet to live up to that recognition! Certainly we’re drooling over its wicked hardware, which consists of many lovable elements that would crush most of the existing line high-end smartphones on the market right now, but interestingly enough, it merely matches some of the stuff we’ve seen already put forth by the HTC DROID DNA most recently.
First and foremost, the Sony Xperia Z travels in a different path from some of the other Xperia branded devices we’ve seen in the last year. Even though it might retain some of the Xperia design DNA, it’s a little bit different this time – mainly because it’s sporting a glossy finish with its casing, as opposed to some sort of cleaner looking finish. Of course, it’s a big magnet for things such as fingerprints and smudges, but to tell you the truth, it’s soundly solid with its construction. At the same time, Sony has been able to keep its profile relatively thin. Overall, it’s undoubtedly a handful to hold, but when you combine its sharp industrial design with its sturdiness, which includes being waterproof and dustproof, it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll withstand a lot more punishment than some of its highly esteemed rivals.
Turning on the Sony Xperia X, our eyes relish the vibrant screen it’s packing along. Specifically, it’s a 5-inch 1080p display that’s using the Mobile BRAVIA 2 engine, which simply comes to life with its high contrast, robust color reproduction, and sharp viewing angles. Right away, it’s really the centerpiece of the Sony Xperia Z, since it’s the first thing to really catch our eyes from afar.
Under the hood, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor coupled with 2GB of RAM is running the show. Although it’s able to win us over with its mostly responsive performance, we’re still seeing some sluggishness perusing around the UI – though, it’s worth noting that this is a pre-production model we’re scoping out, so it could be other software bugs that can be the culprit behind it. Rounding things out, it’s impressively packing along a 13-megapixel auto-focus camera that features an Exmor RS sensor, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Additionally, it’s carrying along 4G LTE connectivity, a microSD card slot, 2,330 mAh battery, and NFC.
With this particular pre-production model, it’s running Sony’s specific custom UI, an updated version of Timescape of course, which definitely packs its own set of eye candy, but from our cursory exposure, it doesn’t seem to be drastically different in terms of comprehensive functionality. Oh yeah, did we mention that it’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with an anticipated software update to 4.2 sometime after launch?
In the greater scheme of things, Sony neglected to provide an exact price point and release date for this monster, but it’s currently slated for a Q1 release, which means it can potentially be out any time before March. Needless to say, time might be working against this one indeed launches later in March, but if it really wants to take the crown by force, they need to get this one out sooner than later – with a price point that’s no doubt on the aggressive side as well.
Sony Xperia Z OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.1.2 View Full specs
- 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)
John says the contrast is high, but it looks washed out to me.
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 4:07 AM 9
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i don't want to disrespect x peria S owners but ,,, i owned an xperia S ,, at first i tought it's amazing cuz on paper it was faster than a galaxy Note ,, 12mp, very good display, but i was very disapointed after using it for 4 or more weeks :( , it was laggy as HELL, BATTERY SUCKED (it didn't last a day (a half day!!!), the screen was very weird , when i was playing games or simply swiping my screen to clean it , i saw like stains, just like on your pc screen, i didn't even press hard, AND THE PHONE WAS FREEZING VER VERY VERY OFTEN , I NEEDED TO FORCE CLOSE my phone, the camera was stupid ! ,, auto focus was extremely slow and simply sucked,, the pictures i took were very noisy, so i sold my phone and bought a Galaxy Note II , i don't know if you had the same problems
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 5:57 AM 7
Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012
One X use SLCD, those are very good screen both real look and camera shoots at screen. AGAIN, try it "Real Life Hands On" and you will know what I Mean. :)) Bravia wont let you down promise, its like watch a film on a led TV
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 5:04 AM 9
Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012
I have compared HTC one x screen vs Xperia ion....according to all reviews HTC one x had best screen...and droid DNA has even better.... Not worth the wait when DNA is available since 2 months I own DNA..best phone in the world
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 8:18 AM 3
Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012
This is the greatest phone ever made in the history. Japan the best. Cheap chinese and korean plastic copycat phones don't match with Japanese quality.
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 3:56 AM 24
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Mate we all love Sony but please mind your language and words when you talk like this. "Cheap Chinese and Korean plastic copycat phones companies" are making billions of $$$ of profit every year because they produce beast every year. You may be a kid or a person who just comments like this because he thinks its cool. Come on man
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 4:38 AM 12
Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2013
You need to quit being a troll and get rid of that pathetic arrogance of yours. Ofc, Japanese quality are one of the best, no doubt about it. Besides this is not the BEST phone that's out there. HTC's One x plus is probably the best. Huawei also has the ascend D2 that also has a `1.5 quad core cpu. it's chinese design and produce. Was it a cheap phone? No! the quality can match up with sony's. it's just sony has more expierences of producing phones. you can say japan was one of the best country that produce awesome new products, but you can't put down other country and stop promoting your personal doctrine!
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 11:22 PM 0
Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012
STOP COMPARING THIS WITH THE S3 or S4. Xperia Z is only H1 flagship. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER Sony flagship phone for H2. A15 cortex. Compare that with the S4. and SONY FTW
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 4:11 AM 17
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the problem with this phone is the release date. march is too long! should be release next week!
posted on Jan 08, 2013, 4:29 AM 8
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