CES 2013 is now fully upon us and just like last year, we are seeing all sorts of wonderful new gadgets and smartphones announced that will give us an early insight into what hardware standards we can expect to see throughout the year. So far, we’ve informed you about the likes of the NVIDIA Project Shield and the exciting ‘Steambox’ from Valve and Xi3. Now we have details on a new smartphone announcement from Sony, as the company has finally lifted the lid on their 5-inch 1080p flagship device, now unveiled as the Xperia Z.
It had been rumored for some time prior to this week’s event in CES 2013, with most of you probably already familiar with the device going by the name of ‘Yuga’. It’s now been confirmed that the Yuga is in fact the Xperia Z and some of the rumored specs have now come to the forefront – notably the gorgeous looking 5-inch display screen and the unusual squared-edge design as opposed to a curved style that we’d usually see on other phones.
Elsewhere we see that the Xperia Z is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and has 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory, which is thankfully expandable via MicroSD card – no Droid DNA mistake in sight. For those of you wondering about some display specifics, we can tell you that the screen quality is 440 pixels per inch and also features Gorilla Glass 2 materials. A 13 megapixel rear camera is included as previously rumored and there’s also some new features that Sony can boast with an element of uniqueness.
The Xperia Z comes equipped with a very respectable 2330mAh battery, but has an impressive looking feature built into Android 4.1 called Stamina mode. Sony has stated that users will be able to use Stamina Mode to disable any background applications that are not in use and added that it could potentially offer up to four times more battery life if Stamina Mode is active.
This little feature alone should raise a few eyebrows already, but you’ll also be interested to know that the Xperia Z also comes with waterproof capabilities, with the device able to be submerged three feet underwater for around 30 minutes. We’re not sure how this will really be of essential use to the average consumer, but there’s no denying that it’s a nice little extra on top of the already very impressive looking hardware specs.
There’s no pricing on this beast yet, or any word on when it will be available other than Q1 2013. Considering the hardware specs available, don’t expect this to come cheap as Sony will more than likely make it their most premium priced handset to date. Hopefully we’ll have some specific release information for UK and US markets soon. Check out the included video below to get a little insight on how the smart Xperia Z Stamina Mode will operate.
Are you impressed with what Sony has brought to CES 2013 with the Xperia Z? Could it now be your next smartphone purchase instead of a Samsung Galaxy S4?