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Hands-on with Sony Xperia Z smartphone launched at CES

Published on Jan 8, 2013 4:37 PM

Sony finally joins the quad-core processor party with its new Sony Xperia Z, which was just announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Digital Life got a quick hands-on with the Android 4.1 smartphone, which comes with LTE support.

Powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the Xperia Z is also equipped with 2GB of RAM and a 2,330mAh battery. Images look particularly rich with colours on its 5-inch display, which has a screen resolution of 1,080 by 1,920 pixels. A 13-megapixel camera with an Exmor RS sensor captures images relatively fast, and high dynamic range imaging (HDR) is introduced for the first time on its video recording function.

The Sony smartphone focuses on durability, such as dust and water resistance, and a tempered glass and an anti-shatter film for the phone's front and back. Though the glass material made the phone substantially heavy at 146g, it has a slim profile of 7.9mm. Its near field communication (NFC) feature lets you tap and connect the phone to NFC-enabled headsets. The smartphone can also tap and connect to the remote control of the new range of NFC-capable Sony Bravia TVs, allowing you to stream your photos and videos to the Sony TVs.

The Sony Xperia Z will be launched globally in Q1 2013, and receive the Android 4.2 update shortly after that. It will be available in three colours - black, white and purple.