Sony Xperia Z SA launch window announced

Sony has unveiled its new flagship Android smartphone at CES 2013 – and has pegged the device for a Q2 2013 launch in South Africa. No pricing information is currently available.

The Xperia Z will launch on Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and Sony promises an upgrade to Android 4.2.

The Xperia Z features a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 5-inch “Reality Display” with a mobile version of the Bravia Engine 2 which claims to offer super brightness and clarity.

Under the hood is the Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, a 13-megapixel fast-capture camera, 4G/LTE support. Stand-out connectivity features include DLNA certification, NFC, and HDMI via MHL.

The digital camera features Exmor RS for mobile, which Sony claims is the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones.

The battery life claims include talk time of up to 14 hours, and standby time of up to 550 hours.

Xperia Z boasts what Sony calls their “OmniBalance design”, with rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides.

The Xperia Z measures in at at 7.9mm thick, with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back. Dust and water resistance technology (IP55 and IP57) rounds off the external design.

Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z

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