CES 2013 will kick off in few days and Sony has got some interesting stuff in the store for us. It is certain that Sony will be launching Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, which were known as Yuga and Odin respectively. Sony had released press shot of the device by mistake on its website few days back and now we have another leak.
Xperia Z has apparently leaked again and this time the images seem to be taken from some kind of promo video. Taking a look at all the images, it suggests that the smartphone will feature a water resistant chassis “Skeleton frame structure”, and a 13MP Exmor RS camera accompanied by HDR photo and video capability. The images also confirm the presence of 5 inch FullHD Reality display, and quad-core APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 chipset. The Xperia Z will be booting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of box.
According to the past rumors, the duo will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC which is clocked at 1.5GHz and is the same SoC that powers LG Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA. Apart from the quad core CPU, the device will be packing 2 gigs of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics, along with a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear, and that is confirmed by today’s leak.
One of the images shows the rear of the device, and surprisingly there isn’t a hole for flash. Most probably there is flash, but Sony has chosen to go with mirror finished back, which may have concealed the flash in the images. Earlier pictures of the device did reveal the flash LED.
The most attractive feature of the device has got to be the 5-inch 1080p display. The screen will have a pixel density of 440 PPI, and you won’t be able to differentiate between individual pixels, but then you couldn’t do that easily on the Xperia S either, and it had a screen with pixel density of 341 PPI. Anyways, we will be seeing a lot of phones with 1080p displays in this quarter, and Samsung is also slated to launch Galaxy S IV with 1080p screen.
Mobile-Review had done a detailed preview of the Xperia Z and according to them, the quad-core has enough power “for every conceivable task, and in most cases it is even excessive.” On the graphics side, Mobile-Review says that “graphics rendering takes place without any problems”. However, two negative side effects of this processor power are battery drain and heat. According to Mobile-Review, it is unpleasant to hold and in some cases certain apps may refuse to load due to overheating such as the Camera. Nevertheless, their review is few weeks old and Sony might have sorted out the problem by now.
Overall, the Z has sleek and stylish looks and I have my fingers crossed until the launch. An advertisement suggests that Xperia Z will be worth $660 in the Thai market. What are your thoughts on this new Xperia device?