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Sony officially announces Xperia Z and gives release window

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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. 

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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:35 12

1. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:41 9

4. danny_a2005 (Posts: 267; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:11 3

10. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

Too late march..lol... 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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:43 8

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.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:10

30. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:01 1

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.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:37 4

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:38 3

3. blingblingthing (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:43 7

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:47 4

6. cheetah2k (Posts: 1735; Member since: 16 Jan 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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:06 2

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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:

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:50

7. cheetah2k (Posts: 1735; Member since: 16 Jan 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?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 19:58 1

8. YodhaMali (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Jan 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:58

22. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:44

27. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:15 3

11. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:35 1

12. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:40 2

13. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:03

26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:45

14. dicemoney (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:01 2

29. DawsonLee (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:58 1

15. blackice214 (Posts: 165; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Yeeeaaahhh Nice !!!!! cant wait.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:19 1

17. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Ok it's your turn now Sammy

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:56 1

19. shareeff (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Well done SONY

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:55

21. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 01:13

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..

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:00

25. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Absolutely fabulous.
Gorgeous phone.
Sony did it!!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:47 1

28. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:51 1

32. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 16:12 1

33. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

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

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