Sony Xperia Z official

Sony held its big CES 2013 press event tonight, and as expected, the company took the wraps off of some new Android hardware. The new flagship handset is dubbed the Xperia Z, just as we'd learned from the recent leaks, and features a 5-inch 1080p Reality display on its face. That's not the only high-end spec that the Xperia Z touts, though, as Sony also packed a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD slot and 4G LTE connectivity inside its tempered glass body. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the Xperia Z's rear that Sony says can capture HDR video and also has "Superior Auto and Noise Reduction" to help capture better photos and videos. A 2.1-megapixel shooter can be found on the Xperia Z's face.

Moving on to the outer shell of the phone, the Xperia Z has what Sony is calling an "OmniBalance Design" that gives its new handset rounded edges and smooth, reflective surfaces all over. The Xperia Z is covered in tempered glass, but an anti-shatter film has been added to help toughen the Z up, and it's also IP55 and IP57 rated for dust and water resistance. 

The Xperia Z will come to market with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed, but Sony promises that an upgrade to Android 4.2 will be provided "shortly after launch." Sony's also added a few of its own tweaks to the overlay found atop Android 4.1 on the Xperia Z, such as a Battery STAMINA Mode that shuts down any battery-sucking apps when the phone's screen is off and then starts them back up once the display is powered back on. Sony says that this feature can help to improve the Z's battery standby time by four times or more. The Xperia Z includes a 2,330mAh battery.

Sony also announced tonight that a design variant of the Xperia Z known as the Xperia ZL will be launched in select markets around the globe. The Xperia ZL features specs similar to those found on the Xpera Z, but features a smaller form factor than the Z. The Xperia ZL will also come to market with Android 4.1 and will be upgraded to 4.2 after launch. Shots of the Xperia ZL's front and rear can be found below.

Perhaps most important details of any smartphone launch relate to availability, and on that front, Sony is remaining somewhat tightlipped this evening. The company says that both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will be released in Q1 2013, which lasts from now through the end of March. There's no word yet on pricing or U.S.-specific availability. The past couple of Sony flagship handsets have launched on AT&T here in the U.S., so it's certainly possible that one of these models will hit the big blue carrier's shelves in the coming months, but we'll have to wait for official word from Sony and its carrier partner(s) before we know for sure. If you had the choice, which of these new Xperia models would you prefer to see land stateside?

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Mário Balseiro they are great phones with amazing specs and super elegant design!
Michael Alvarado Castellano boo iphone 5 better
Darrell Wax Its Sony,how can't you?
Dan Vesh Nope. Hands on videos show the devices lag behind the iPhone and Note 2 in terms of speed and performance.
Jordan Gregory so everyone is making phablets now
Julian Scott I would try it...
Ken Hoey They use to lead the industry with their revolutionary camera phones back in the day...they've lost their way though. I'm not saying the devices aren't nice but
Paul Battle Make the ui look more appealing while still retaining optimal performance. Then I'll like it.
Flako Ramirez Nah...proud owner of Note 2 here
Stefan Sutter No. I would prefer better performance (lagging!) on Average-Joe phones. If I wanted to pay >300 Eur for a phone, I had opted for an iPhone.
Jonaxz Encarnado I would give it an 8/10. Nice build. Sony needs to change some of the widget like the phone and messages.... Timescape is a no-no for me. Bottom line: I might buy it if the price is right.
Phillip Bernal Rumored to arrive at T-Mobile, not att.
Thomas Boehnlein I think it's the best stuff they have put out by far. I wouldn't feel bad recommending it to a PS3 or Vita fan.
Logan Hoover Impress? No. Although I think Sony brings great hardware to the table, followed up by a nice android skin. This has just been done by other brands before so I'm not impressed but I do like it.
Ellery Arellano The specs are truly impressive and I especially like the waterproof and dustproof features. My only reservation to Sony phones are their lack of timely updates. For my own needs and use, the Nexus line suits me the best.
Craig Oxley I like the look of the Z ;-)
Arnaldo Gomez Timescape UI ruins it for me if they had stock Android I would consider it until then I would rather get lg or even pantech
Willie Lucero Not really, if they made another phone from the experia play line would be a lot better instead of that whole project shield from nvidia
Marcus Samual Winchester Yes and no. Yes because of the 1080p display, water proof design and sleek appearance. The disappointment is that the CPU/GPU solution is last years Qualcomm krait s4 which is being superseded by the announcement of qualcomms new A15 ARM CPU offering up to a 70% performance boost whilst saving more battery life, and the lack of Android 4.2 at launch. It's a good start, especially competing with the newer iPhone 5 but they're aiming at beating the GS3, the GS4 is within 2-4 months of release so it may be a little too late for Sony
Anonymous Maybe if they had Windows Phone on it.
Patrick Scot Like just because of the waterproofing
Shaun Nicholson Yeah on the whole... I especially like the waterproofing
Dave LaFountain They do, but when was the last time a high end Sony product was actually released in the US on one of our carriers?
Pirarre Miller Nope because Sony is good with NOT supporting devices after a year
Paul Kirincic Basically the Sony phones are the same as HTC, and Oppo, just a different package and os skin. Personally I'd go with the Oppo Find 5 over the Sony though, due to price.
Phil Jackson I don't see the point in a quad-core in a phone!!!
Ziggy Torres I would try it. I like the IR Blaster.
Jude Fils-Aime YES N STOP SAYING THEY LAG. hate people when they call certain hand sets laggin
Bill Siembida The zl looks nice except the power button but my HTC has these specs and is nicer
Anthony Evans Jr they were good for sony
Steven Aers im waiting for the galaxy s4 :)
Jacob Grumbles No not really .
Nain El Fuego Romero Not with that garbage Sony ui
David Slawter I think they would be great to own.
Ezekiel Carsella duh du jou
Noah Hupe Definitely!

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