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Sony introduces Xperia Z with 5-inch full-HD display, 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.1

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Sony kicked off its CES activities by lifting the wraps of its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, and Xperia ZL.

If you've been keeping tracking of the rumours, there are no surprises in the specs. The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920) display and is powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Other highlights include a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2GB RAM. The Xperia Z is IP55 and IP57 certified, which means it is dust and water resistant.

"With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a super-phone experience that truly stands out," said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications.

Xperia Z includes a technology called Battery STAMINA Mode that Sony claims can improve the standby time of the phone by four times or more by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.

Other specifications of the Xperia Z include 16GB internal storage (expandable by 32GB via microSD card), 2230mAh battery and NFC.

Sony Xperia Z will launch globally in Q1 2013 with Android 4.1 on-board with a Android 4.2 to be made available "shortly after launch". In certain markets Sony also plans to launch a design variant of the Xperia Z - the Sony Xperia ZL - with a "smaller form factor".

"With great specifications, Sony's media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market," Suzuki continued. "By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before."


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Sony Xperia Z specifications
  • 5-inch full-HD display
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 16GB internal storage (expandable by 32GB)
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi
  • Android 4.1

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