Sony Xperia Z – Waterproof, 5" display and quad-core power

Here’s a definite contender for everyone’s next new Android phone – the Sony Xperia Z. Previously splayed across the internet under the development name of Sony Yuga, the Xperia Z offers a huge 5″ screen with Sony’s usual BRAVIA/Reality Display enhancements, running at the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and generating a 443ppi density.

The skinny 7.9mm chassis of the Xperia Z is IP rated for water and dust proofing. It features Miracast support for media streaming and screen mirroring, has a 2330mAh battery, will arrive running Android 4.1 beneath Sony’s latest interface skin and looks…

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xperia z buttons

…awesome. Xperia Z is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm processor running at 1.5GHz with Adreno 320 graphics support, plus there’s 2GB of RAM for multi-tasking potential, an SD card slot, 13megapixel camera with HDR mode for both stills and video, plus a 2.2megapixel front chat cam.

xperia z colours

It is packed. We are both excited and physically aroused. Sony says the Xperia Z will launch here some time during Q1 of 2013, making it the first new flagship of 2013. It’ll arrive with Android 4.1 with Sony, as ever, promising an update to 4.2 “shortly after launch.”

xperia zl

And this is the Xperia ZL, the same display and hardware internally, but without the water and dust proofing, and in a slightly smaller case. And with a camera button. A bit different but mostly the same. Here’s the full thing from the people with more tech specs and marketing speak below:

Introducing Xperia™ Z –the best of Sony in a premium smartphone

• Full HD 5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for super brightness and clarity
• Sony’s media applications deliver rich user experiences and instant access to entertainment services
• Easy and fast One-touch functions to wirelessly share music, photos and videos across devices
• New stand-out Sony design with water and dust resistance

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.


“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. “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. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

Intelligent Sony Technology
Xperia Z’s razor sharp Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, brings Sony’s long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone and delivers an immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity. The smartphone shares capabilities with Sony digital cameras and features Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones. HDR technology gives clear images against strong backlight, so users can capture razor sharp pictures and videos whatever the conditions.

Xperia Z also includes Battery STAMINA Mode that can improve the standby time 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.

Discover, enjoy and share entertainment with Sony’s media applications and One-touch functions
Sony media applications offer a consistent entertainment experience across a range of Sony devices. Pre-loaded on Xperia Z, the “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies apps, enable discovery of on-line and off-line content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, a library of 18 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited and Facebook social integration. The Movies application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited while the Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.**

One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, headphones and now TVs. With the new BRAVIA TV, also announced today, simply touch Xperia Z to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen.

Two additions to Sony’s range of NFC-enabled headsets were also introduced today, the Stereo Bluetooth™ Headset SBH20 and the Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M. Touch Xperia Z to either headset and begin listening to tracks instantly.

Stand-out design and durability
Precision engineered with premium materials, Xperia Z introduces a unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides. Despite its slim 7.9mm body, Xperia Z is highly durable with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back, as well as the highest levels of dust and water resistance*** (IP55 and IP57) found in a premium smartphone.

In selected markets, a design variant of Xperia Z – Xperia ZL – will also be released in Q1 2013. Xperia ZL delivers the same immersive entertainment experiences as Xperia Z but in a smaller form factor.

Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to 4.2 shortly after launch for the latest Android user experience.

Key features for Xperia Z
• 5” 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
• 13MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to effortlessly capture razor sharp pictures and videos in any conditions
• Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display
• 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM
• Battery STAMINA mode improves standby time by at least 4 times

– ENDS –

* Based on testing done with default settings, default accounts and applications for Skype™ and Twitter downloaded to the phone. The more applications installed, the bigger the effect of Battery STAMINA Mode.
**Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see for more details.
*** In compliance with IP55 and IP57, Xperia Z is protected against the ingress of dust and is water resistant. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP 57.


For more information, images and videos please visit:
Sony Mobile Communications, Global Communications & PR department
General Press: +44 208 762 5858

About Sony Mobile Communications
Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information:

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market. 3) Icons displayed are for illustrative purposes only. The homescreen may appear different in your product. Some features may not be available in your country or area.

Sony, make.believe, WALKMAN, WALKMAN W logo, Sony Entertainment Network, PlayMemories Online, Exmor RS, Clear phase, BRAVIA, and xLoud are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. Xperia, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL PlayNow, SensMe, and TrackID are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Mobile Communications AB. PlayStation is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment. Media Go is a trademark of Sony Electronics. Android, Google Play, Google Chrome, Google Voice, Latitude, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Mail are trademarks of Google Inc. Snapdragon is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Twitter is a trademark or registered trademark of Twitter, Inc. Facebook is a trademark or registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. Microsoft ActiveSync is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft, Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark or registered trademark, and any use of such mark is under license by Sony Mobile. Neoreader is a trademark or registered trademark of NeoMedia Technologies Inc. microSD is a trademark or registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation. eCompass is a trademark or registered trademark of Genoptix, Inc. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. DLNA Certified is a trademark or registered trademark of the Digital Living Network Alliance. SyncML is a trademark or registered trademark of the Open Mobile Alliance. Skype is a trademark or registered trademark of Skype, Ltd. LTE is a trademark or a registered trademark of ETSI. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All terms are subject to change without prior notice.
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Xperia Z specifications

*All services mentioned in this document may not be available in every market.

Colours Black

Size: 139x71x7.9 mm
Weight: 146 grams

1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core
Adreno 320
Google™ Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Camera 13MP
16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Burst Mode
HDR for both picture and video
Face detection
Flash/Pulsed LED
Flash/Photo light
Front-facing camera 2.1MP (1080p video)
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Object tracking
Picture Effect
Quick Launch
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Send to web
Smile shutter
Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor
Superior Auto
Sweep Panorama
Touch capture
Touch focus
White balance


3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear Phase™
Clear stereo
Dynamic normalizer
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience


Google Chrome™
Google Play™
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™*
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™)

Call list
Facebook™ application*
Google Talk™ application*
Noise suppression
Polyphonic ringtones
Twitter™ integration*

Google Mail™*
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Voice input

Auto rotation
Face Unlock
Gesture input
IP55 and IP57 (dust and water resistant)
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Sensor on Lens Display
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen
Wide color gamut

3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
PlayStation™ Certified
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network*
TV launcher
Video streaming

Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Document readers
Infinite button
Setup guide

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

16,777,216 colour TFT HD Reality Display with Sony
Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
1920×1080 pixels
5.0 inches
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Memory 2 GB RAM
Up to 16 GB*
microSD™ card, memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB)

Networks Regional variants covering:

Battery life Talk time GSM: Up to 11 hrs**
Standby time GSM: Up to 550 hrs**

Talk time UMTS: Up to 14 hrs**
Standby time UMTS: Up to 530 hrs**
Standby time LTE: Up to 510 hrs**

Music listening time: Up to 40 hrs
Video playback time: Up to 5.5 hrs

Battery: 2330 mAh minimum

**Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

In the kit Xperia™ Z, embedded battery, Sony MH-EX300AP headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.

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  1. Adrian68

     /  January 8, 2013

    For those coming towards end of their contract this could be quite tempting. My contract runs out towards the end of October this year. By then there’ll be Samsung and HTC follow up to the SGS 3 and HOX for me to consider.

    It seems strange how screen sizes are growing where a 5″ screen will be considered acceptable, let’s hope that Sony have no delays and that they get 4.2 on it soon after release

  2. Yea I agree this phone has killer specs. I am currently on a rolling contract and am waiting to see what HTC offers this year.

    Currently have a S2 and samsung support sucks.

  3. Triflebadger

     /  January 10, 2013

    If you think Samsung crap on customers (they do, a bit, for the record), I would really stay away from anything Sony, Silencer.

    They don’t treat you badly in a fun, arousing way.

    • Gary_C

       /  January 10, 2013

      To be fair, every mobile maker comes in for stick over its update timelines. Sony, HTC, Samsung… no one escapes THE FURY over slow updates.

      • Triflebadger

         /  January 11, 2013

        A fair point.. That said, my Nexus 7 has shown me a slightly nicer way to do things, I really am considering a Nexus of some kind when my (lovely) S3 gets long in the tooth (I’ll probably just CM it up as a spare, mind :D). I am just fed up with crapware, as well as slow updates.


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