Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday January 07, 2013.
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Sony has used its annual CES showcase press event to unveil its flagship 2013 smartphone device, the Sony Xperia Z, set to debut later this year. The Xperia Z is designed to put speed, durability, and flair in a 7.9mm package. The device has a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display that includes Sony's Reality Display and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, branded features that are designed to improve image quality and color reproduction. The slim build is also built to withstand the elements thanks to IP55 and IP57 dust and water resistance. The phone can be submerged in water for up to half an hour before it is damaged. Both the front and back of the device feature tempered glass that can withstand drops and prevent shattering.
A 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor powers the Sony Xperia Z. It also sports 2GB of RAM to ensure that the phone is capable of keeping up with user demands and quickly performing tasks, and 4G LTE connectivity make sure it accesses the web just as quickly. The phone will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it will include the usual customizations of Sony's spin on Android. Among those customizations are the unique photo, video, and music apps that debuted on Sony's smartphones released in the later portion of 2012.
The rear camera on the Sony Xperia Z has a 13 megapixel Exmor RS lens. It's capable of taking HDR photos and videos, and includes optimizations to automatically reduce noise in photos. Sony boasts that it can "effortlessly capture razor sharp pictures and videos in any conditions."
The Xperia Z has a 2,330 mAh battery and features a feature that kills background tasks and processes when the screen is off, extending the device's standby time significantly. Sony detailed its Extended Standby Mode last August before implementing it in a few phones released late last year, but the Xperia T still rated poorly in terms of battery life. One can only hope that the same problem will not affect the Xperia Z, which has a rebranded Battery Stamina Mode.
Sony plans to release the Xperia Z in the first quarter of 2013. It will release a variant of the phone known as the Xperia ZL, which is the same phone in a smaller package, in some markets.source: Sony
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