We’re excited to announce a ground-breaking addition to the Xperia™ smartphone lineup – Xperia™ Z. This new smartphone comes with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad core processor with the Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 5” full HD screen, OptiContrast™ display with 443 ppi, Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), NFC, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, and a 13 MP camera with HDR (High Dynamic Range). Xperia™ Z is also water-resistant and dust-resistant (IP55 & IP57), and designed with tempered glass on the front and back. The new Sony superphone will be launch globally in Q1 2013. Read more about Xperia™ Z after the jump.
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A top of the line smartphone
Xperia™ Z comes with the APQ8064 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro platform, with Krait 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad core processor. The Snapdragon S4 class of processors is the first mobile processor to be manufactured using the latest 28nm process technology that provides advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption, and size reduction. The APQ8064 incorporates the Adreno 320 GPU, for outstanding performance (up to 4x of its predecessor) and graphics, better battery life, and improved multi-tasking.
In selected markets, a design variant of Xperia™ Z, called Xperia™ ZL, will also be released in Q1 2013. Xperia™ ZL delivers the same immersive entertainment experience as Xperia™ Z but in a smaller form factor. Both Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to 4.2 shortly after launch.
5” full HD Reality Display with 13 MP camera, Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and HD Voice
Xperia™ Z comes with a 5” full HD 1080p Reality Display. You’ll also find a 13 MP fast capture camera paired with the new Exmor RS sensor that comes with HDR (High dynamic range imaging) for video. Exmor RS and HDR lets you take sharp, clear photos in lowlight and strongly backlit conditions.
Another astonishing feature in Xperia™ Z is the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, which is an evolution of the Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 is a high quality image engine that delivers an even better viewing experience than before by adding a new real-time contrast optimisation and improved sharpness enhancement on top of high quality colour management and noise reduction. Later this week, we will publish a more in-depth article on how Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 works in detail, so stay tuned!
HD Voice1 is also featured in Xperia™ Z. This technology transmits a broader spectrum of the human voice, providing more natural sound and better clarity, even in noisy environments. HD Voice functionality is operator dependent, and only available to consumers on the same national network, and where both the calling and called party each as an HD Voice-compatible mobile phone (find out how HD Voice works in our recent technical article about HD Voice).
Easy to share content with the new “Throw” feature and One-touch connectivity
It’s super easy to take entertainment from your smartphone to the big screen. With the new “Throw” feature, you can easily share content from your Xperia™ Z to your Wi-Fi-enabled TV through screen mirroring or DLNA. Or you can send your music to a speaker using Bluetooth. Using the “Throw” feature, the smartphone finds the best way to wirelessly connect to other devices. With an MHL cable, you can also mirror your phone’s full user interface on your TV and watch movies or play games while charging your phone. With the newly announced BRAVIA TV, you can simply tap Xperia™ Z to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen. Read Anna Aleryd’s post on the new “Throw” feature in Xperia™ smartphones.
Xperia™ Z also incorporates One-touch connectivity – one simple pairing step for sharing photos, music, and more, wirelessly across smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices, which includes two Sony NFC-enabled headsets also introduced today – the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH20 and the Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M. For more info on how NFC works, read our technical article about NFC.
Premium content & apps
Xperia™ Z users will have access to all types of premium content in the Sony Entertainment Network*, including a library of 18 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited. You also get superior sound quality with the in-built “WALKMAN” Sony media application including xLOUD™ audio technology and 3D surround sound. And the PlayStation Network has PlayStation®-certified content to guarantee high-quality smartphone gaming and access to the PlayStation Store, as well as enhanced Android games from Xperia exclusive.
Small Apps are also supported on both Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL. Small Apps are small apps that run on top of other applications and add smart solutions for daily routines requiring multi-tasking, like extended widgets. An example is the Small App called Mini Remote, which controls the volume with a small remote widget on your phone when playing music (at the same time as you might be surfing the web). Keep checking Developer World for a post on developing Small Apps for Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL.
Unique features for Xperia™ Z: an HD superphone that’s both waterproof & dustproof
Xperia™ Z is designed with shatter-proof, scratch-resistant glass on the front and back. It’s water-resistant2 up to one meter, dust-resistant2, and has the highest levels of dust and water resistance (IP55 & IP57) found in a premium smartphone. Xperia™ Z also comes enabled with LTE for the fastest download speeds (in markets where the technology is available).
Unique features for Xperia™ ZL: an IR remote enabled, full HD smartphone
In Xperia™ ZL, the specific features you’ll find include infrared/IrDA functionality, so that you’ll be able to use your smartphone to control your TV, cable box, DVD player or other IR enabled entertainment device. Keep an eye open on Developer World for an upcoming post on how you can develop IR remote sensor apps for Xperia™ ZL.
Develop Xperia™ games, apps and custom app extensions
A wide range of Sony SDKs and developer tools are available for Xperia™ Z. With the Sony add-on SDK, you can create apps for Smart Extras™ accessories (SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro). You can also create extensions that enhance the capabilities of the inbuilt WALKMAN media app, a signature app in every Xperia™ smartphone, by using our Sony add-on SDK. If you’re a game developer, you can easily create games for Xperia™ Z with the Unity game engine. See our previous blog posts on using Unity for game development for more information. And if you have a stunning game that you think would be a great title for Xperia™ smartphones, submit it to our Standout from the crowd site.
Availability and colours
Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL launches globally in Q1 2013. For Xperia™ Z, the available colours are black, purple, and white. For Xperia™ ZL, the available colours are black, white, and red.
The hard facts – Xperia™ Z features:
- 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core Processor.
- Adreno 320 GPU.
- 139x71x8.1 mm.
- LTE, UMTS HSPA+, GSM GPRS/EDGE
- 2 GB RAM.
- Memory card slot: microSD™, supporting up to 32 GB.
- OptiContrast™ display panel.
- Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2.
- xLOUD Entertainment.
- 13 MP camera resolution.
- 16x digital zoom.
- HDR for both picture and video.
- Exmor RS.
- Smile Shutter™.
- 2.1 MP Front-facing camera (1080p video).
- Ambient light sensor.
- Proximity sensor.
- Pressure sensor.
- IPX5/7 water resistance.
- IP5X dust resistance.
- MHL support.
- Screen mirroring.
- DLNA Certified®.
- PlayStation® certified.
- HD Voice technology1.
- Omni Balance design.
- Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
1 This service may not be available in every market.
2 In compliance with IP55 and IP57, Xperia™ Z is protected against the ingress of dust and is water resistant. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP57.
Also check out this clip of the exclusive construction of Xperia™ Z, shown in the lower left corner of the video.
- View Developer World’s Xperia Z video on YouTube.
- Download the Xperia Z white paper.
- See the official Sony announcement for Xperia Z.
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