Quad-core, waterproof Sony Xperia Z with 1080p screen and Android Jelly Bean gets official. Xperia ZL also announced
As anticipated, today at CES 2013, Sony has revealed the Xperia Z – its first smartphone to sport a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display.
The 1080p screen on the Xperia Z is a 5 inch one with Sony’s Mobile Bravia 2 engine and Gorilla Glass. The new handset is 7.9mm thin, runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.2), and is dust resistant (IP55) and water resistant (IP57). Other features include: quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE, One-touch sharing via NFC, a 2,330 mAh battery, and a new “STAMINA mode” that reportedly “improves your standby time by at least 4 times.” On the back, the Xperia Z has a 13MP camera with Sony Exmor RS mobile sensor and HDR (both video and images).
The overall design of the Xperia Z is a bit on the boring side:
Sony did not say how much the Xperia Z would cost. We’ve heard it might retail for around €500 ($656). But that remains to be seen.
The Japanese company has also introduced the Xperia ZL. This isn’t waterproof and dust-proof – but it isn’t a dual SIM device (as rumored), either. It’s just a smaller, although slightly thicker version of the Xperia Z, packing similar specs – save for the battery, which is a 2,370 mAh one.
You can see the ZL in the promo video below:
Both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will be released around the world before the end of Q1 (hence March). Specific carrier availability will be unveiled at a later date.