• Sony announces Xperia Z: 5", 1080P, Quad-core, dust and water resistant


    Sony just announced the Xperia Z at CES. It sports a 5" 1920x1080 display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, NFC and 13 megapixel camera. It's only 7.9mm thick

    The camera has a Exmor RS sensor which supports HDR video (high dynamic range). Sony says it allows for clear images against a strong backlight. I wonder if it also helps in low light?

    Also interesting is the fact that it's water and dust resistant (IP55 & IP57). IP55 means that it's able to be submerged in up to 1M of water for up to 30 mins. Does this mean I can use it while I'm taking a bath or shower?

    Sony didn't reveal the size of the battery but it does have 'Battery STAMINA' mode which shuts down certain apps when the screen is off and turns them back on when you turn the screen back on.

    Sweet phone. Anyone gonna get one or are you going to wait to see what other OEM's 5" 1080P devices are like?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony announces Xperia Z: 5", 1080P, Quad-core, dust and water resistant started by howard View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. AutoUnion's Avatar
      AutoUnion -
      I'm torn between this and the upcoming S4. Got a couple months to decide.
    1. JPTN's Avatar
      JPTN -
      The main differences, Z vs. ZL:
      2,330 mAh / 2,370 mAh
      5.47" x 2.80" x 0.31" / 5.18" x 2.74" x 0.38"
      - / physical camera button
      IP55, IP57 dust-water resistance / N/A
      - / infrared transmitter
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Z for me if it will have AWS, i haven't had a Sony phone ever. Never much liked their designs.
      But this might be the one to change all that.
    1. normanhunter45's Avatar
      normanhunter45 -
      Nice phone...but i always had doubts on the xperia series..!!
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post

      Sweet phone. Anyone gonna get one or are you going to wait to see what other OEM's 5" 1080P devices are like?
      Not coming to Canada, we get the scaled down XL. Not interested.

      Sent from my SGH-I317M using HowardForums
    1. JPTN's Avatar
      JPTN -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mystery View Post
      Not coming to Canada, we get the scaled down XL. Not interested.
      Not according to Sony Global:



      https://twitter.com/SonyMobileNews/s...69577694797824
    1. sann0tech's Avatar
      sann0tech -
      Wow that is awesome! Phone looks beautiful too.. The water function is great.. no more water damage anymore. For example if I'm playing sports and it starts to rain near my gear I don't need to be worried anymore. Also can answer the phone in the shower! haha
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Quote Originally Posted by JPTN View Post
      Already been debunked, he made statement in error, likely not coming to canada

      http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/01/11/so...ly-not-coming/



      Sent from my SGH-I317M using Tapatalk 2
    1. sann0tech's Avatar
      sann0tech -
      Are there any other phones out or coming out that have water proof functionality besides this one? I think this tech alone would interest me to switch to Android... Always have gotten a little bit of water damage over the years of using the same phone.
    1. Goelz83's Avatar
      Goelz83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sann0tech View Post
      Are there any other phones out or coming out that have water proof functionality besides this one? I think this tech alone would interest me to switch to Android... Always have gotten a little bit of water damage over the years of using the same phone.
      Huawei Ascend D2

      Here is a link that Howard posted in the forums about this device: http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...ater-resistant

      It's not out yet and it probably won't come to the U.S., but it will be available via importers at some point.
    1. cloudstrife1ph's Avatar
      cloudstrife1ph -
      The ever elusive nexus 4 or xperia zl for me. Hmmmm....

      Whoever becomes available first...
    1. Aurelian's Avatar
      Aurelian -
      I was at the show, and I've held both the Z and ZL...

      You want the ZL.

      It's much, much easier to wield than the Z, as there isn't as much excess space around the top or bottom. It's one of the first 5-inch phones that feels it's actually designed to support most functions in one hand. The design isn't as sleek-looking, but the lack of glass on the back also means you don't have to be paranoid about cracking or scratching the body.

      The real question is which models Canada gets. I'm sure we'll get at least one, but I'll be somewhat disappointed if it's the Z.
    1. patrixl's Avatar
      patrixl -
      Quote Originally Posted by sann0tech View Post
      Are there any other phones out or coming out that have water proof functionality besides this one? I think this tech alone would interest me to switch to Android... Always have gotten a little bit of water damage over the years of using the same phone.
      If you're willing to go through the trouble of unlocking and importing phones from Japan, and potentially not being able to update them (they sometimes require the phone to be connected to a Japanese carrier in order to download the OTA updates), then you can get plenty of waterproof Android phones --- even the Japanese LG Optimus G is waterproof. Most Fujitsu, Sharp and NEC models are, also.
    1. tokyo_dom's Avatar
      tokyo_dom -
      Yeah Japan started the water resistant phone thing, and it was their demands that resulted in other manufacturers like Huawei to make waterproof phones too. Its used here because of the tradition of taking 30minute baths almost every night; they like to surf the net/watch TV while they are relaxing in the bath

      It is brilliant because like one poster said - worrying about water damage while talking in the rain, while the phone is sitting with your towel at the pool, or even just an accidental splashing sucks.
    1. Goelz83's Avatar
      Goelz83 -
      That's very interesting about the Japanese and their bath time. I've been selling cellphones since 2005 and I have never heard about that.

      Thanks for the information, tokyo_dom.
    1. Pagerino's Avatar
      Pagerino -
      Looks pretty well. However, it will have a new competitor as well, BlackBerry Z10: gizmodo.com/5979484/sorry-apple-the-blackberry-z10-is-hotter-than-the-iphone
    1. Steveanderson13's Avatar
      Steveanderson13 -
      I'd go for a test drive.