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Will the Sony Xperia Z cope with the fierce competition of 2013?

0. phoneArena posted on 09 Jan 2013, 15:50

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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posted on 13 Jan 2013, 00:01

130. Schuler2828 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Thank you:) I try to get the most for my money, so you kinda have to be a nerd.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:37 5

27. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Exactly my point. Water proof rugged dust proof. Sexy design. Need i say more?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:58 5

55. TMach (Posts: 464; 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!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:14

61. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I agree with you, I have kind the same philosophy oabout Xperia Z.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:15 8

13. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

And if its not enough, Sony has something even bigger for Q3.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:34

24. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

ha and that is where the cookie will crumble for the competition!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:06 1

39. MistB (Posts: 581; 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!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:18

100. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; 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. . .

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:16 4

15. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:19 3

16. imkyle (Posts: 1085; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:03 1

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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:26

20. mturby (unregistered)

The real competition will be weather your quad core smartphone can upgrade to the latest Android os.

im an android fan.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:31 1

23. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

Of course YES!!!!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:35 4

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Is that a stupid question? Hell yes!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:48 3

31. freebee269 (Posts: 539; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:25

49. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:55 1

54. adjou (Posts: 106; 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

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:20

62. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Ooooh, now that gives me hope:)

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:00 1

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

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:53 1

32. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; 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?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:59

34. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

i think the galaxy s4 will address your question.


posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:05 2

38. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:06

60. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

it does have sd card slot though

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:04 1

37. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:09

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:14

45. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:19

48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I don't know but it is one of theories.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:53

90. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Another great advantage of xperia z micro sd

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:53 1

33. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; 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...........

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:00 1

35. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; 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.

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