2013 is the year of 1080p Android phones. We already have Oppo Find 5 and HTC droid DNA. The new member to join the club is Sony Xperia Z. There were tons of rumors around the web and previously I rounded up all of those for you. Putting an end to all those rumors and leaks Sony Xperia Z made its first appearance in CSE 2013. Let’s go and take a look in to this amazing device, its strengths and weaknesses.
Insight for Sony Xperia Z
Dimensions: 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 146 g
The design is following the same concept as previous Xperia. The most interesting part here is dust and water proof body. Sony demonstration about this water proof design attracted all the attention to this device.
Size: 5 inches
Protection: Scratch resistant glass
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 px
Sharpness: 441 ppi
Spec is pretty impressive and same as all the other 5 inches 1080p devices. The display is TFT. It suppose to give lesser color contrast, narrow viewing angles and poor power efficiency compared to latest AMOLED displays. But due to super high resolution this display looks stunning and colors are great as any other Xperia.
Processor and Storage
Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
Modem: Qualcomm MDM9215
CPU: 1.5 GHz Quad Core Krait
GPU: Adreno 320
RAM: 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 32 GB
This is a pretty much standard spec for any 1080p you can find in the market. Best chipset, one of the best modem, high end CPU, GPU and storage completes this device. You will never miss 32 GB model since you have the microSD slot.
OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
UI: Sony UI
It originally comes with previous version of JB and expected to have upgraded to 4.2. You already know the bad side of manufacture themes. If I’ll get this device I’ll definitely flash it with naked android, probably CyanogenMod.
Primary: 13.1 MP // LED Flash // HDR // 1080p @ 30 fps
Front Facing: 2.2 MP // 1080p @ 30 fps
Camera sensor has lots of pixels and this is the new standard for Smartphone. It has a beastly hardware, so no one stops it from shooting HDR photos. Front facing camera is also above the average and 1080p self video might set a new trend in YouTube soon.
Mobile Network: GSM // HSDPA // LTE
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
USB: microUSB 2.0
Here you have nothing else to ask for. It supports all the 2G, 3G and LTE bands. If you get a factory unlocked phone you have the freedom of switching between pretty much every mobile carrier.
Capacity: 2330 mAh
Battery Life: 11h Talk time
Battery is not as huge as I expected, but it’s pretty decent. But still I’m not sure whether this would be enough to survive a whole day with this gigantic super revolutionary display. However, answer is in the future. More the people get their hands on this, we will get the answers.
To stand out in the competition with other 1080p 5 Inches phones the best trump card Sony Xperia Z has is dust and water resistant body. This will come in handy for frequent travelers, especially outbound travelers. Even in general usage you don’t have to be over protective about your phone. Other than that it shares a common spec as any other phone in same category.
Sony was carefully building up a solid range of Android phones. They offered unique features and becoming a threat to giants like Samsung and HTC. Sony Xperia Z would be another step toward capturing more Android market share.
Soon you will be able to enjoy this device with your favorite mobile carrier. In the meantime join the discussion in the comment section below.
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