Sony’s first 1080p smartphone, the Xperia Z, announced at CES 2013

Sony Xperia ZSony has announced the impressive Xperia Z during its press conference at CES 2013, the consumer electronics show currently underway in Las Vegas. The new phone has been the subject of several rumours already, culminating in a leaked advert for the device last week. Now though, we’ve got to see the real thing. Is it everything we expected?

The Xperia Z is, like the rumours suggested, Sony’s first 5-inch smartphone complete with a full high definition, 1080p resolution. But the Bravia screen isn’t the only Sony first for the Xperia Z either, as it’s driven by a 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon processor. Until now, Sony has preferred to use Qualcomm’s powerful dual-core chips.

Sony has installed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Xperia Z, and given it a 13.1 megapixel camera with auto focus, an LED flash plus a brand new feature – High Dynamic Range for both stills and video. HDR is a system for ensuring the background of a picture stays clear and focused, even in strong, bright light. It works well on the iPhone, and this is the first time it has been implemented for video.

The feature list continues with 2GB of RAM, water and dust resistance, GPS, NFC, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and for certain markets, 4G LTE connectivity too. It’s incredibly thin at 7.9mm and weighs 146 grams, which may sound quite a lot but is 40 grams less than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Sony will launch the Xperia Z globally before the end of March, and Vodafone has already confirmed it will be stocking the device. The Xperia Z’s price isn’t known, but a SIM-free model can be reserved at Clove Technology already should you want to be among the first to get one. As for the Xperia ZL, which was also rumoured last week, Sony says it’s headed for selected markets around the same time, and is a variant of the Xperia Z.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars