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Xperia Z Officially Announced


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Posted by jcwhite_uk
http://blogs.sonymobile.com/p[....]s-xperia-z-premium-smartphone/

January 7th 2013, Las Vegas, USA – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces its new flagship Android smartphone, Xperia Z
. With a 5” Full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and 4G LTE, Xperia Z has all the specifications expected from a premium smartphone. On top of this, it brings the best of Sony’s unique technology, content, design and connectivity to deliver rich user experiences. Xperia Z will launch globally in Q1 2013.





Full Specification

Camera and video

13.1 megapixel camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode
16x digital zoom
HDR for both picture/film
Face detection
Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
Front-facing camera (2.2 MP 1080p)
Geotagging
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Picture Effect
Quick Launch
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Self-timer
Send to web
Smile detection
Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
Superior Auto
Sweep Panorama
Touch focus

Display


5", 1920x1080 pixels, 16,777,216 colour TFT
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass
Capacitive touchscreen with on-screen QWERTY keyboard
Screenshot capturing

Pre-loaded applications

Google Chrome*
Google Play*
Google search*
Google Voice Search*
Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude*
Web browser (WebKit)
Google Talk application*

Memory

RAM: 2GB
Flash memory: Up to 16 GB
Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB

Networks

UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz *
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)*


Entertainment

3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Album art
Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
Clear Audio+
Dynamic normaliser
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow service*
TrackID music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience
3D games
Motions gaming
Video streaming
Facebook application*
Twitter*
YouTube*

Connectivity and communication

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
DLNA Certified
GLONASS*
HDMI via MHL support
Media Go
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
NFC
PC Companion
Screen mirroring
Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google and SyncML
USB charging
USB High speed 2.0 support
Xperia Link
Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
Wi-Fi Miracast

Available in 3 colours:

[ This Message was edited by: jcwhite_uk on 2013-01-08 02:05 ]

[ This Message was edited by: laffen on 2013-01-10 13:33 ]



Posted by xell
649 € rrp in Germany.

Posted by jcwhite_uk
I think that I will stick with my Xperia T for now. 5" screen is a bit too big for my pocket even if it is full HD.

Posted by DarkKrypt
Also has hDr photography
Taken from the Sony developer page

Edit-
Realised the black one has the same silver lining like the c905? If im right.
Just thinner
[ This Message was edited by: DarkKrypt on 2013-01-08 03:01 ]


Posted by Platia1
Wow that's expensive, I spent about half that on both my Xperia S and my Xperia TX

Still I'll be getting one at launch.

Posted by Xajel
What I like :
- Design...
- 5" Full HD display...
- Size for a 5"er...
- Latest Technologies ( BT 4.0 LE, NFC, MHL, Full HD video recording, HD Exmore R front cam, etc.. )
- that Exmore RS 13MP camera...
- blazing fast S4 Pro Quad Core SoC with Adreno 320 GPU...
- 2GB RAM
- LTE on all bands
- Water and dust proof
- Quick time to market
- microSD slot

What I didn't like :
- 16GB internal memory
- no camera shutter key ( not that much important but it's a key to SE/Sony smartphones )
- no Full white version like Xperia ZL
- 16GB internal memory
- less than 2400mAh battery, I hoped for at least 2400mAh from Sony specially for all these info regarding the S4 Pro and it's power hungriness...
- did I mention the 16GB internal memory ?


I know a lot of peoples will say 16GB with microSD is enough, I might agree some how... but after Jelly Bean and how Google is like forcing not to move apps to the microSD ( personal experience with Note 2, plus all my friends and family who owns a Jelly Bean... I've read it every where also )
With Jelly Bean, basically you can't move apps to the microSD unless you rooted and forced to move the app... only the app maker might choose to move some of it's data to the microSD... again the app maker might choose to move some of it's data to the microSD... like games ( ex. NFS Most Wanted, saves it's game content which is almost 2GB to the microSD ), some other games like Smurfs Village (90MB) or Where's My Water (60MB) will stay all on the internal... the problem is even Google it self doesn't use the microSD.. Google Play Music app caches the music or download the offline music all to the internal, currently I have about 500MB of data for Play Music app while I just made only one Album to be offline !!

Lets face it, while we request Sony to use microSD slots on their phones, Google is pushing the other way and not just pushing, but forcing also by preventing moving apps to the microSD...

16GB is fine for most users, but as a high-end it should have 32GB at least now with Jelly Bean...

I didn't expect myself to say that but now with Jelly Bean and later I'll prefer 32GB internal without microSD over 16GB with microSD !! as the sole usage for microSD now with JB is to save large apps data like those super games with 100's of MB or multi-GB of game data...

Posted by DrKnute
First video I found of the white...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSaPrWOzB7A



Posted by DrKnute
...terrible comparison on the screens though
[ This Message was edited by: DrKnute on 2013-01-08 07:04 ]


Posted by Tsepz_GP
Stunning design, but whats up with the small battery and Android4.1??? They say 4.2 will be released after launch but by that time we will have multiple flagships launching with 4.2 and the next Android version being unveiled, i hope this wont be a repeat of the XS situation in the long run.

Overall, doesn't look like Samsung, Apple or Htc have anything to worry about here, unless Sony have a groundbreaking marketing campaign for it.
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2013-01-08 07:54 ]


Posted by DarkKrypt
Does have a camera button
Mentioned on Sony developer site

Posted by randomuser
Also this is the world's first phone with Dual Exmor R

Front - Exmor R 2.2 megapixel 1080p Full HD camera
Rear - Exmor RS 13.1 megapixel 1080p Full HD camera




Posted by admad
Wow, that's in fact the first phone by Sony that is practically perfect. The battery could be bigger, but other than that, fantastic, I think I'll get one. Let's just hope the camera is better than the one on Xperia T. I like the possibility of taking pictures underwater with a phone
[ This Message was edited by: admad on 2013-01-08 08:15 ]


Posted by Tsepz_GP
Xperia Z Promo video: http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-releases-promo-video-for-xperia-z/

Sony seem to love shooting their recent promos down here in South Africa mainly in Cape Town.
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2013-01-08 08:16 ]


Posted by Xajel
Any body saw a preview or pictures to the notification area ?

I hope the new UI comes with more controls and not just like what came with T/TX...


EDIT : It's same as T/TX, very few and limited control... here at 3:27
http://www.youtube.com/watch?[....]etailpage&v=AqTiiTbBdAE#t=205s
[ This Message was edited by: Xajel on 2013-01-08 09:01 ]


Posted by Indiandawg
Release Date in India?

Posted by >500

On 2013-01-08 08:51:22, Tsepz_GP wrote:
Stunning design, but whats up with the small battery and Android4.1???



Depends, real world battery life could be good? Id say it would be good for a day. Standard. Unless you start going into phablets territory.

What exactly is the difference between 4.1 and 4.2? Wasn't it just security fixes?

Posted by MyP910
Colour me impress and a lot of people said it is a super phone...and I agree with that. At this moment, I don't have any cons on the phone.

surprisingly, people are so impressed with the water proof feature but this is not the first sony's phone with that feature.It shows how bad sony is in terms of marketing. I really hope sony will invest huge in marketing strategy and please market it well.

I like the quad core and 2 GB RAM....
I like the glass design...
I like the 13MP camera...
I like the HDR capability in photo and video !
I like the full HD screen and 443ppi...
I like the design (the thickness, the power button, the symmetry design...)
I like the battery stamina thingy...eventhoug it is just a software, but it seems nice.
and of course I like the water proof feature.

Posted by Tsepz_GP

On 2013-01-08 09:59:24, >500 wrote:

On 2013-01-08 08:51:22, Tsepz_GP wrote:
Stunning design, but whats up with the small battery and Android4.1???



Depends, real world battery life could be good? Id say it would be good for a day. Standard. Unless you start going into phablets territory.

What exactly is the difference between 4.1 and 4.2? Wasn't it just security fixes?



For a phone with 5inch 1080P display? I'd expect at least a 2500mAh battery, just take a look at the Huawei Ascend D2.
Android4.2 brought quite a few UI enhancements including lock screen widgets, split system bar, status bar and notification bar amongst other things.

Posted by smclion102
Phones 4U gives Sony Xperia Z March 1st release date in UK, will be coming to Vodafone

Posted by Bonovox
Is it me or that video it looks like the screen brightness looks a little TOO bright like on the Xperia P?? Might be nit picking but on the Xperia P the display becomes so bright the blacks looks grey and colours look off. Might be the recording though

Posted by dibdin

On 2013-01-08 10:59:00, Sean72 wrote:
Is it me or that video it looks like the screen brightness looks a little TOO bright like on the Xperia P?? Might be nit picking but on the Xperia P the display becomes so bright the blacks looks grey and colours look off. Might be the recording though

Funny you say that, I heard a very similar thing mentioned on a YouTube video I seen on the Z.

Posted by goldenface
"Xperia Z’s frame is made from glass fibre polyamide, the same material that’s used as a metal substitute in automobile parts."

I like this phone very much, tough and good looking.

Posted by randomuser
I LOVE it !! Can't decide which color to get

Posted by dibdin

On 2013-01-08 11:39:48, randomuser wrote:
I LOVE it !! Can't decide which color to get
I quite like the black or white. Slightly prefer the white as fingerprints wont show quite so badly as on the glossy black version.

Posted by randomuser
Guys, post which color you have decided to get. Me - Black

Posted by marcink
I decided.....to wait for camera samples. Never more sub-par photo quality (Xperia Neo 8mpix user)


Posted by Miki69
so, no Dragontrail glass on Z? What's the battery size on Z? (ZL has 2,370 mAh )
[ This Message was edited by: Miki69 on 2013-01-08 11:31 ]


Posted by admad
According to GSMArena Z has 2330 mAh.

Posted by randomuser
@miki69

It IS dragontrail glass on Z. Front and Back. Battery on both Z and ZL is 2400mAh. 2330/2370 is the minimum capacity, 2400 is max capacity.

Like Xperia S had 1750mAh battery but its minimum capacity is 1700mAh and 1700 is written on the battery, not 1750.

Posted by dibdin

On 2013-01-08 12:29:42, Miki69 wrote:
so, no Dragontrail glass on Z?
[ This Message was edited by: Miki69 on 2013-01-08 11:31 ]

Apparently not. There was quite a lot of talk before the official specs were released that tree Z was going to come with Dragon Tail glass, so a little disappointed that it doesn't.

Posted by goldenface
Carphone is saying it will have this phone in March which is brilliant. Not too long to wait at all.

OT: Can someone please explain to me the big deal with viewing angles? Reviewers keep on harping on about them like it's some primary feature that everyone is actually arsed about.

I just don't understand why they devote column inches to them. Doesn't it occur to them that some people might actually prefer narrow viewing angles for privacy reasons?

Are they all daft? I just don't get it.

Posted by randomuser
Xperia Z vs Xperia S

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q70JUm1-dOI

Posted by goldenface
The screen looks immense - even next to the XS. I can't wait to see it in person and that, thankfully, will be soon.

Posted by bronxdude
Ramu - ill get the purple one! 80% purple, 20% white. lol

Posted by -16-
With a very good 720p screen and an excellent battery runtime this would be my next device for sure. Don't like the resolution trend. I don't think that the battery will last long when I use the device. I'm not afraid about the standby runtime at all, but I don't have a mobile phone with such a big screen to leave it in the pocket...

Posted by Wishmaster89
On today's official announcement in Poland sony representative said that it will be available on our market after 18th of february priced at 3000PLN with 23% tax. It means 2400 before taxes so it's roughly 750-800USD and 600-650EUR. Its truly premium price but i'll still be getting one
[ This Message was edited by: Wishmaster89 on 2013-01-08 17:44 ]


Posted by Bonovox
A hands on here

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-Xperia-Z-hands-on_id38419

Posted by rickster2kuk
I'm not 100% convinced by the design on a phone this large. Those square edges would worry me.

SGS3 works because although it's large, the corners are rounded off meaning it's pretty easy to hold.

Battery also needs to be top notch otherwise it won't even last half a day (based on the initial battery performance of Sony's flagships).

Wouldn't worry about a camera button - I haven't had one for a while now and I don't really miss it that much.

Sony really should have released this this 4.2. You can guarantee the competition will, and it will good old Sony over again.

And why oh why do Sony still keep using mineral glass - get with Gorilla Glass w antifingerprint coating and remove that silly screen protector.
[ This Message was edited by: rickster2kuk on 2013-01-08 19:13 ]


Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2013-01-08 09:15:34, Tsepz_GP wrote:
Xperia Z Promo video: http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-releases-promo-video-for-xperia-z/

Sony seem to love shooting their recent promos down here in South Africa mainly in Cape Town.
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2013-01-08 08:16 ]



^ Now THIS is proper video marketing! Well done Sony!
2 things: Love the woman in the pink dress WOW, and anyone notice the Bluetooth headphones she's using?? Sony didn't announce those so what gives?



On 2013-01-08 10:59:00, Sean72 wrote:
Is it me or that video it looks like the screen brightness looks a little TOO bright like on the Xperia P?? Might be nit picking but on the Xperia P the display becomes so bright the blacks looks grey and colours look off. Might be the recording though


LOL ^ I see what you did there. "Nit" picking ... was that an intentional pun there?? Nit = brightness measurement.


%50 Black, 50% Purple (I'll have to see it in person. The XZ will only be available where I live and I'm not importing so this is the best choice. I'm going to wait to see what LG does with Optimus G2 and compare. I'm hoping 64GB Sandisk MicroSD will work when formated internally for the XZ! Gaming on this bad boy is going to be SICK!!


LTE bands ... INSANSE!
LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
[ This Message was edited by: Hardened on 2013-01-08 19:25 ]


Posted by maiaramdan

On 2013-01-08 12:46:06, dibdin wrote:

On 2013-01-08 12:29:42, Miki69 wrote:
so, no Dragontrail glass on Z?
[ This Message was edited by: Miki69 on 2013-01-08 11:31 ]

Apparently not. There was quite a lot of talk before the official specs were released that tree Z was going to come with Dragon Tail glass, so a little disappointed that it doesn't.


they called the Dragontrail mineral glass
Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass

for go & active (confirmed as Dragontrail )
http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/[....]ones/xperia-go/specifications/
http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/[....]/xperia-active/specifications/

same thing written
Scratch-resistant, anti-reflection coating on mineral glass

Posted by smclion102
Xperia Z white paper confirms LTE (C6603) and HSPA+ (C6602) versions

The white paper for the Sony Xperia Z has been published. It confirms that the Xperia Z will come in two variants:
– model number C6603 will support LTE (bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20), HSPA+ & GSM
– model number C6602 will support HSPA+ & GSM bands only

Each model supports slightly different HSPA+ bands too. The C6603 model supports 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz.
The C6602 model supports the same above frequencies along with the 1700 (Band IV) and 1900 (Band II) MHz bands. This means T-Mobile USA users should be able to use 3G on this phone without issues.
[ This Message was edited by: smclion102 on 2013-01-08 20:38 ]


Posted by Bonovox
HD video sample

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFAW194qVRE

Posted by Bonovox
Noticed they also got Superior Auto mode now which is taken from their digital cameras

http://youtube.com/watch?v=43JSi6SoiOQ

Posted by Miki69
Some camera samples:
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/74672-image/

more
http://www.phonearena.com/new[....]ony-Xperia-Z-are-yummy_id38441

Same ol, same ol?

Posted by goldenface
Impressive camera shots. Night time shots should be vastly improved hopefully.

Posted by Indiandawg
Is India getting LTE Version?

I travel a lot so it would be nice if India gets LTE Version.

Posted by Miki69
vs SG3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSaPrWOzB7A


Posted by maiaramdan

On 2013-01-09 01:02:32, Miki69 wrote:
vs SG3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSaPrWOzB7A



why they all want to make us feel the XZ is bad
the SG-S3 already darked it out and he himself said he make the brightness in XZ at maximum
this is the most unprofessional biased review i have ever seen

Posted by Karun

On 2013-01-09 00:56:54, Indiandawg wrote:
Is India getting LTE Version?

I travel a lot so it would be nice if India gets LTE Version.



I hope so too. Both the Z and ZL say 'coming soon' on the India site. so I'm guessing launch isn't all that far. first week of March.
Lets hope pricing is decent.

Posted by Pierke
Haven't been this excited about a Sony(ericsson) phone since the x10. Owned a mini, tipo, arc S, T and P after the x10 but they miss the special feeling. Of course that's my personal opinion. What i don't like are the text and icons (garbage can) at the back of the phone. Am i the only one?


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