Sony used CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2013 to launch multiple new pieces of tech including the company’s new flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z.
Boasting a 5″ screen backed by Sony’s Reality Display tech (1080 x 1920) and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 1.5GHz asynchronous Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera, the Xperia Z seems to deserve its spot on the top of the Sony pile.
The camera is notable in that it uses an Exmor RS mobile sensor and is the first smartphone to offer HDR (High Dynamic Range) video recording and image capture, promising to give “clear images against strong backlight, so users can capture razor sharp pictures and videos whatever the conditions.”
Sony also also added what it calls Battery STAMINA Mode, which is claimed to quadruple standby time by shutting down certain apps when the screen has been dimmed, restarting them automatically when the display is reactivated. The Xperia Z – perhaps most excitingly for a high-end smartphone – is also dust and waterproof, conforming to both the IP55 and IP57 specifications. 4G LTE and NFC will also be features when the device lands.
At launch the Xperia Z will have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed, with an upgrade to Android 4.2 coming at a later stage.