Sony Mobile have just launched the Xperia Z smartphone at an event held at the Tribe Hotel. The device is aimed at the “Tech mature” crowd, first adopters. Sony has taken the best out of its range of consumer electronics and incorporated them into the device. It features elements of Sony Cybershot, Bravia and Playstation.
One striking key feature of the device is the fact that it is waterproof, a first for a high end general purpose device. This was informed by feedback they received from their service centers around the globe. Their research indicates that 25% of the devices brought in are damaged by water.
The Xperia Z is IP57 certified, meaning it can withstand the water pressure of immersion at a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes.
The phone features a 5 inch full HD screen utilizing its own proprietary Bravia Mobile Engine for outstanding display quality. The glass on the screen has been altered to prevent “spiderweb” cracks. If the screen cracks, it will crack into one or two lines, allowing you to still use the device until you take it to a service center.
It also features a 13 Megapixel Primary Camera (powered by Sony Cybershot technology) and a 2.2 MP front facing camera that can shoot video in full 1080p HD. One novel innovation is HDR Video, which compensates for excessive light in the background while shooting video.
Just like Samsung with the Galaxy S4, Sony has included a great deal of software to differentiate its offering from other high end Android devices.
The TV Side View App for instance, shows information about shows you are watching on a Sony Home Theater System. X-loud and Clear Audio plus features which enhance the sound quality of music, developed from the Sony Audi range, has also been incorporated into the device.
The earpieces that are in the box are Sony Professional quality, bringing technology that sound engineers rely on in studios around the world right to the consumer.
At 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm, it is as thin as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. It features a unibody design with glass panels covering both the front and the rear of the device. Unlike the iPhone however, it has a MicroSD slot allowing the use of cards with capacity of up to 64GB.
It will be available in Kenya at a price of approximately $700
Sony Xperia Z Specs
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE
- 5″ 16M-color 1080p capacitive touchscreen with 441ppi pixel density; Bravia Mobile Engine 2
- Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with custom UI
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
- 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, HDR
- 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
- 2.2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
- IP 57 certification – dust resistant and water resistant
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV out
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 16GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot
- MHL-enabled microUSB port
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Glass front and back panels