Sony announced their first quad-core smartphone at its CES press conference today, the Xperia Z.
- 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
- 1080p HD 5-inch display
- Android 4.1
- 13.1MP rear camera; 2.2 front-facing camera
- 2GB RAM
- Water and dust resistant
- 2,330 mAh battery
- Available in three colors: black, white and purple
- Up to 16GB memory; expandable (up to 32GB)
Sony has focused its full attention on the full HD (1920 x 1080) screen which includes its Reality Display TV tech and Mobile Bravia Engine 2. This device is also sporting a 13-megapixel camera, the Sony Exmor RS mobile imaging sensor offers improved low-light performance and also supports HDR for video. Along with the NFC support the Xperia Z is said to be waterproof and dustproof.
The Xperia Z runs Android 4.1 Jellybean out of the box, which will be able to receive an upgrade to Android 4.2 in the future. The UI is not something Sony has focused their attention on, instead they focused on its multimedia services. There is also a battery maximizing mode, Battery Stamina Mode, this can be switched on to extend standby time by up to four times. When this is enabled, all of your background apps will be turned off with the exception to standard telephony and SMS.