The Sony Xperia Z has been announced at CES and the device comes with a top-of-the-line 1.5GHz asynchronous quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM just to give it an extra kick and bring it up to the competition.
The Xperia Z is a 5-inch phones with a 1080p Full HD display and has a resulting pixel density of 441ppi. Apple’s proud, industry-leading Retina Display comes in at 326ppi so is much less sharp than the new larger 5-inch displays.
Sony has included two features with the Xperia Z to sell this phone as something that will last with great battery life. The battery is a significant 2400mAh battery with special Stamina Mode software that is hoped will last you all day.
It promises up to nine days of standby time by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starts them up again when the screen is back on. If that sounds like a problem, you will be able customise it so that some of your apps are exempt from this treatment if they’re of particular importance to you.
The Sony Xperia Z is also waterproof at depths of 1 metre for 30 minutes which continues the legacy from the previous lower end waterproof Somy devices released in the second half of last year.
There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video following in the footsteps of the OPPO Find 5. Currently, video on most mobile phones is good enough outdoors during the day but very grainy and often blurred the minute you step away from natural light. HDR should help to improve quality on this front.
Whilst the Xperia Z and its smaller but equally specced brother the Xperia ZL are exciting new smartphones they are due in March which although not far away will put the up against the next generation of HTC smartphones which are expected at MWC in February. Last year HTC released the One X and One S in March so Sony will not have the only 1080p smartphones on the market but will they have the best? Only time will tell.