Sony’s oft-leaked upcoming 5-inch smartphone / tablet hybrid, the device codenamed Yuga, is to be sold under the name Xperia Z. At least that’s what the rumor of the day says. The information comes from a supposedly reliable source via Xperia Blog.
Of course, this branding makes sense, as it uses Sony’s current strategy of slapping a letter after the word Xperia. Using Z does signify that this is the highest-end smartphone ever developed by the company, but it also brings up the question of what its inevitable successor might be called. Z2? Or a letter lower up the food chain, such as Y or X? Who knows.
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Anyway, Sony likes its alphabet soup very much, so this is entirely plausible. Furthermore, the Xperia Z is said to be both water and dust proof, with either IP55 or IP57 rating. That wouldn’t be a first for a high-end Sony smartphone (see the recent Xperia V or Acro S), and again seems reasonable.
The Sony Xperia Z will feature a Full HD 1080p display with OptiContrast technology, something Sony’s been extensively using in its TV set range, as well as the Xperia V and Xperia Tablet S so far in the mobile space. In fact, the Xperia T and TX may also have such a panel, although it isn’t mentioned in any official spec list.
OptiContrast means vivid colors, high contrast levels, and a ‘real sense of depth’. All of this thanks to a special resin layer that absorbs any diffused light coming from the backlight.
Sony’s new flagship device will have the following dimensions: 139x71x7.9 mm.
And that’s all the new info we got this time around. But do stay tuned, as we expect more details about the Yuga / Xperia Z to leak in the following weeks.
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