Sony officially announces Xperia Z and gives release window

Sony officially announces Xperia Z and gives release window
We all knew it was coming and now it is official. Sony has officially announced the Xperia Z as part of its press conference today. The Sony Xperia Z even has a release window, and the new Android-powered smartphone is planned for release starting in March. Or rather, Sony said that March would be the earliest the phone would be released, which is somewhat disappointing.

The specs on the Xperia Z are what we expected from the rumors. It will be a 5" 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE, a 2330mAh battery, and the highly anticipated new 13MP Exmor RS camera sensor. As we saw in leaked images, the Exmor RS camera sensor will allow for HDR video recording, and a newly announced feature is that it will also offer a 10fps burst mode at 9MP. The phone also has NFC and a microSD card for those of you looking for that. 

An interesting addition to the Xperia Z is that the phone will be water resistant to a depth of one meter. To achieve this, the Xperia Z has glass panels on the front and back, as well as plastic strips on the sides that cover the ports. And, they cover all of the ports from microSD card slot, to headphone jack, to microUSB. 

The phone will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is part of the reason why the March release date is so disappointing, because that will be coming up on Google I/O and the expected announcement of Android 5.0, although Sony has promised an upgrade to 4.2 "soon after launch". Other software enhancements include Sony's ClearAudio+, Bravia Reality Display, and the Bravia Engine 2 which all work to enhance the device's multimedia output. There is also a new Battery Stamina mode, which automatically kills all background processes and apps when the screen is off, delivering "easily four times longer standby" according to Sony. Although, the company didn't happen to mention what this would mean for multitasking. 

source: Sony

Related phones

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 16GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Gives me plenty of time to consider this phone or the s4

4. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Waiting for HTC!!! if it disapoints I'm going for this... I have the note 2 but I don't really like it..

10. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Too late In Apr galaxy s4 or LG optimus g 2,or HTC with tegra 4 no need to wait for it .....DNA has same specs..released on 21 Nov....I own DNA best phone in world

18. wp8forever unregistered

I tell you what, I have a nokia Lumia 920 and this my friend this phone is the most beautiful phone I ever but by far ever seen, I when on YouTube to the xperia z Chanel and oh boy the attention to details is unbelievable, I really think I will get this phone, there's no way Samsung s4 or HTC can match this beauty is impossible.

30. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

You can go crazy after rectangle... With square and round edges.... DNA has killer Ferrari like design ...super build quality...solid soft touch curved back..... Its the release time which matters...4 months ahead....and Lumia 920 is a bulky low powered cheaper phone..... Its not in competition

31. wp8forever unregistered

Lol you obviously have no idea of what you talk about, what u said about the Lumia is like saying, but that a Nissan gtr-35 has a dated v6 engine lol right when that car performance kills Ferrari, benzs, BMW, corvettes, lol is no how much power u have is how u use it nerd, plus I just got a nexus 4 witch I would take any day over that Dna, and but back to what u said that Dna might be a Ferrari I agree, but the Sony is a Aston Martin one-77 pure attention to details and luxury learn kid learn.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

YESS. Just give me a release date and I'll buy it in a second

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

March? Come on Sony. We can't gain ground on Samsung waiting this long.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

eh, not bad. the Bravia Displays are among my favorite kind of display on mobile devices and on televisions. anyway i don't like all the flaps on this thing.

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I dunno, I actually like the way Sony is thinking about their user base and the fact that people do have accidents. My wife has the Xperia Go, and with 2 kids in her hands she's dropped it a number of times as well as having all kinds of liquids being spilled on it. Its about as bullet proof a phone can get! :) Before that she had the Xperia Active, also a very bullet proof phone :p

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well i had actually posted this before i saw the ZL real good so the water proof aspects of the Z are actually a good thing since there's an option for those who don't want all those flaps. o:

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I wonder, with the glass back and all, if this was supposed to be a Nexus phone but didnt make the cut? Knowing Sony, I bet it was too expensive vs the eventual winner - the LG Nexus 4. Its just surprising that they released this, and the ZL which are almost identical. I mean why release 2 phones that are pretty much the same?

8. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Whatever happened to "The extraordinary is coming"?! On the release front, it would be a shame if people are made to wait till March for this beauty. Sony should get its s**t right and release the phone within two-three weeks. Else, people might just go for Samsung Galaxy S IV.

22. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

of course man sony is defenitly gonna lose to sammy n apple once they release their flaggships..atleast in sales


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Ok you say that sony beats Samsung and apple in a beauty contest and losses when it comes to sales. If this isn't gonna sell then whats the point? From their perspective sales is the most important thing not its looks.

11. oister85 unregistered

Wow the z is awesome so elegant I want one. Sony why wait until the s4 comes. I bet Samsung is coming with the best too

12. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What an amazing looking phone. Freaking gorgeous. If that screen that is even half that nice, at 5" it will be dazzling. Love Sony products.

13. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

This just raised the bar quite high for GS4... Especially in terms of aesthetics and looks...

26. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Exactly. Samsung will really have to make an extra effort to beat this. The edge in processing power won't be noticeable in use anyway

14. dicemoney

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Im still still waiting on apple ,Samsung ,or HTC I will never buy a sony or LG phone only tv

29. DawsonLee

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

So did you take the effort to comment here? O.o

15. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yeeeaaahhh Nice !!!!! cant wait.

17. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Ok it's your turn now Sammy

19. shareeff

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Well done SONY

21. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

as always sony lets everyone down by giving a late release (still may get late or even wont release like xperia v)

24. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Xperia V has released? If it hasn't released where you are by now, it's because it was never going to be coming to your country in the first place..

25. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Absolutely fabulous. Gorgeous phone. Sony did it!!

28. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

What a hot ass phone! Well done sony, it looks really elegant in black!

32. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Looks good! Sony is stepping it up in thier mobile offerings. ^_^

33. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

It looks stunning! I like it very much. But I will make up my mind when Samsung announces Galaxy S IV :D

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless