Sony Mobile to release flagship Xperia Z in Q1


Manufacturer’s president and CEO claims high-end device is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market

Sony Mobile has revealed details of its flagship Xperia Z mobile at the annual CES event in Las Vegas, with the firm’s president and CEO claiming it can be a leader in the smartphone market.

Carphone Warehouse will make the device available to pre-order from early February, and will go on sale later that month.

Phones 4U will sell it from March 1, with consumers now able to pre-register their interest in it. Vodafone will also range it, although is yet to reveal a release date. It will come in black, white and purple.

Carphone Warehouse chief commercial officer Graham Stapleton said: “This is the handset that many of our customers have been waiting for – the HD capabilities raise the bar to a completely new level and are fantastic for users who want to watch and capture extremely high quality video on the go.”

The Xperia Z, which is compatible with 4G, is powered by a 1.5GHz processor and runs off Android 4.1, with an upgrade to Android 4.2 available shortly after.

It has a five-inch HD screen that is made from toughened glass and is powered by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology, which the firm said improves screen brightness and clarity.

Included is Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile, which it said is the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones, providing sharp imagery regardless of the conditions.

It comes with a 13-megapixel autofocus camera with 16x digital zoom, burst mode and face detection. It also has a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as HD video recording capability.

The ‘Walkman’, ‘Album’ and ‘Movies’ apps come preloaded. The Walkman app provides access to 18 million songs from Music Unlimited. The Movies app gives users access to over 100,000 films and TV series from Video Unlimited, with the Album app enabling access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.

Other features include Battery STAMINA, which Sony said quadruples standby time by shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and restarting when it is back on. Users can also view photos and videos on the BRAVIA TV via NFC by touching the handset to the TV’s remote control.

Sony Mobile Communications president and CEO Kuni Suzuki said: “With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, one-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market.”