Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Press Release: Introducing Xperia™ Z –the best of Sony in a premium smartphone

Press Release

Introducing Xperia™ Z –the best of Sony in a premium smartphone

Full HD 5” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for super brightness and clarity

Sony’s media applications deliver rich user experiences and instant access to entertainment services

Easy and fast One-touch functions to wirelessly share music, photos and videos across devices

New stand-out Sony design with water and dust resistance

January 7th 2013, Las Vegas, USA – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces its new flagship Android smartphone, Xperia Z. With a 5” Full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and 4G LTE, Xperia Z has all the specifications expected from a premium smartphone. On top of this, it brings the best of Sony’s unique technology, content, design and connectivity to deliver rich user experiences. Xperia Z will launch globally in Q1 2013.

“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. “With great specifications, Sony’smedia applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”
Intelligent Sony Technology

Xperia Z’s razor sharp Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, brings Sony’s long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone and delivers an immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity. The smartphone shares capabilities with Sony digital cameras and features Exmor RS for mobile, the world's first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones. HDR technology gives clear images agains strong backlight, so users can capture razor sharp pictures and videos whatever the conditions.

Xperia Z also includes Battery STAMINA Mode that can improve the standby time by four times or more* by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.

Discover, enjoy and share entertainment with Sony’s media applications and One-touch functions
Sony media applications offer a consistent entertainment experience across a range of Sony devices. Pre-loaded on Xperia Z, the “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies apps, enable discovery of on-line and off-line content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, a library of 18 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited and Facebook social integration. The Movies application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited while the Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.**

One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, headphones and now TVs. With the new BRAVIA TV, also announced today, simply touch Xperia Z to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen.

Two additions to Sony’s range of NFC-enabled headsets were also introduced today, theStereo Bluetooth™ Headset SBH20 and the Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M. Touch Xperia Z to either headset and begin listening to tracks instantly.

Stand-out design and durability
Precision engineered with premium materials, Xperia Z introduces a unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides. Despite its slim 7.9mm body, Xperia Z is highly durable with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back, as well as the highest levels of dust and water resistance*** (IP55 and IP57) found in a premium smartphone.
In selected markets, a design variant of Xperia Z – Xperia ZL – will also be released in Q1 2013. Xperia ZL delivers the same immersive entertainment experiences as Xperia Z but in a smaller form factor.

Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to 4.2 shortly after launch for the latest Android user experience.
Key features for Xperia Z

5” 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 213MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to effortlessly capture razor sharp pictures and videos in any conditionsDust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAMBattery STAMINA mode improves standby time by at least 4 times

Xperia Z specifications

*All services mentioned in this document may not be available in every market.
Size: 139x71x7.9 mm
Weight: 146 grams
1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core
Adreno 320
Google™ Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Burst Mode
HDR for both picture and video
Face detection
Flash/Pulsed LED
Flash/Photo light
Front-facing camera 2.1MP (1080p video)
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Object tracking
Picture Effect
Quick Launch
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Send to web
Smile shutter
Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor
Superior Auto
Sweep Panorama
Touch capture
Touch focus
White balance
3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear Phase™
Clear stereo
Dynamic normalizer
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience
Google Chrome™
Google Play™
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™*
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™)

Call list
Facebook™ application*
Google Talk™ application*
Noise suppression
Polyphonic ringtones
Twitter™ integration*

Google Mail™*
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Voice input

Auto rotation
Face Unlock
Gesture input
IP55 and IP57 (dust and water resistant)
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Sensor on Lens Display
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen
Wide color gamut

3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
PlayStation™ Certified
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network*
TV launcher
Video streaming

Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Document readers
Infinite button
Setup guide

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
Bluetooth™ 4.0 wireless technology
DLNA Certified®
HDMI via MHL support
Media Go™
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
PC Companion
Screen mirroring
Synchronisation via Exchange
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google™
Synchronisation via SyncML™
USB charging
USB High speed 2.0 support
Xperia™ Link
Wi-Fi™Hotspot functionality

16,777,216 colour TFT HD Reality Display with Sony
Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
1920x1080 pixels
5.0 inches
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Up to 16 GB*
microSD™ card, memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB)
Regional variants covering:

Battery life
Talk time GSM: Up to 11 hrs**
Standby time GSM: Up to 550 hrs**

Talk time UMTS: Up to 14 hrs**
Standby time UMTS: Up to 530 hrs**
Standby time LTE: Up to 510 hrs**

Music listening time: Up to 40 hrs
Video playback time: Up to 5.5 hrs

Battery: 2330 mAh minimum

**Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
In the kit
Xperia™ Z, embedded battery, Sony MH-EX300AP headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation

1 comment:

  1. Yes, the Xperia Z looks great on paper, though too big for me at 5". I have been trying - unsuccessfully - to get Sony Mobile GB to release the 4.3" Xperia V in Britain. Very annoying given that the rest of the world now has it, including 90% of Europe.
    However, it appears that there is a widespread proflem with the new V freezing all the time. Given that it has only just been released, and that the Z is due for release in Qtr 1, this should concern everyone who like me has been considering getting a high-end Sony device, in my case for the first time. How can we be confident that the Z would not experience similar problems?
    Seriously, phone manufacturers simply shouldn't be putting out phones that they cannot have tested properly, and by that I mean in real-world conditions, not in a laboratory. It beggars belief really and it is sad, because like many people I want a high-end smartphone but I also want one with a degree of ruggedness built into it, and that specifically is what Sony's Xperia V and Z do offer as both are IP55 and IP57 dust-proof and water-resistant. No other ohone maker is releasing smartphones in the UK with these key attributes. But unless the phones can be relied upon to work properly it is all a waste of time isn't it?! He freezing can be read.

    Re: Xperia V random freeze in standby