Sony’s new Xperia™ Z flagship comes with quad core CPU, 5” 1080p HD display & HDR video camera [video]

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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Xperia Z

Enjoy the great outdoors with Xperia™ Z – it’s both waterproof and dustproof (IP55 & IP57).

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.

Xperia ZL

Xperia™ ZL, a design variant of Xperia™ Z for selected markets.

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

Xperia™ Z in black colour.

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

Xperia ZL

Xperia™ ZL in black colour.

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.
  • 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).
  • Accelerometer.
  • Ambient light sensor.
  • Gyroscope.
  • Magnetometer.
  • Proximity sensor.
  • Pressure sensor.
  • IPX5/7 water resistance.
  • IP5X dust resistance.
  • aGPS1.
  • Bluetooth™.
  • MHL support.
  • NFC.
  • Throw.
  • 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.

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  1. By adrian gandy


    was looking at this as my next phone – bought into Sony away from HTC purely for ANT+ support. Really disappointed their next flagship model doesn’t support it. hope you bring it back.

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Adrian,
      Yes, ANT+ wasn’t part of the feature offerings this time. I also hope to see it back in future models.
      Best regards,

  2. By binh nguyen


    I love throw feature on xperia z .. but then i find out my LG smart 55LM7600 have miracast and widi which support mirror screen .. i tested with LG optimus G pro they work .. but it can not work with xperia z , the phone scan failed every time to find connection.. please update in next firmware

  3. By binh nguyen


    i have lg smart tv 55lm7600 which has miracast and widi .. but sony can not detect or connect to it.. it failed every time scan .. can sony dev update in next firmware ?

  4. By Matthias Anhalt


    Hi there. I’m a happy owner of the XPERIA Z C6603 for over a month now. My girlfriend is getting the ZL within this week. Everything fine so far. However, I’ve got some serious questions:

    1. Both phones should support HD-Voice (even they are not official certified). Our carrier (t-mobile Germany / Telekom) supports HD Voice. So we should able to have HD Voice calls between the Z and the ZL, right?

    2. In my Z the AMR-WB Codec is not listed under Service Info > Configuration > Available Speech codecs. Do I have HD Voice capabilities or not?

    3. Bluetooh. Seriously, I don’t get it. You and Ericsson together INVENTED Bluetooth. But why has your flagship phone, the iPhone Killer, the S3 Defeater only a handful of profiles? Samsung phones have about three times the bluetooth profile from the start. Sure, nobody needs them all, but why didn’t you at least put RSAP in the mix? It’s so much better than HFP and Headset profile. Any chance this will be in the phone with the next update (Android 4.2.x)?

    4.Bluetooth again. I’v just read that you guys have licensed apt-X technology from CSR. When will the Xperia Z and ZL get apt-X? Next update?

    5.Urgent suggestion for the Update: Give users a choice within the camera app for the Z. Let me configure the volume rocker either as digital zoom or as focus and shoot (like: camera button). This would be so great, it’s the only button I’m really missing. Can’t be that hard to code, it’s done in the stock ICS camera app. And even Apple got it right ;-).

    I’m looking forward to your answers. Keep up the great work.

  5. By Simon Evans


    Great phone, but very disappointed that this premium phone doesn’t support ANT+

    It seems that that the phone manufacturers think BT Smart is a replacement for ANT+ and I guess don’t like the fact they have to pay ANT licensing costs.

    The reasons why BT Smart will not replace ANT+

    – The majority of fitness equipment is ANT+, It will be years before the equipment also supports BT Smart.
    – For the majority of people who use fitness products, this situation is very common: (and BT Smart will not do this)

    Bottom line…. If you want to tap into the fitness crowd with your devices, you need to support ANT+

    • By Isak Johnsson


      Agree! I’ve learnt that many smartphones have a software-defined radio (SDR) in their platform. That’s why you have access to so many radio signals, e.g. GSM, CDMA, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS and FM. This is quite impressive itself. ANT uses the free 2.4 GHz band, same as WiFi so the antennae and digital-analog converters should be able to communicate using ANT+. Hence, assuming the platform used in Xperia Z is built upon SDR, ANT+-support is ony a matter of software and license issues. I agree with previous speaker. Keep bugging Sony and the ANT+-consortium to implement and permit ANT+ in a coming software update. It’s the missing piece that makes or breaks it as the best cyborg platform available at consumer prices today. Amen!

      • By Isak Johnsson


        Hey! If it can be implemented in software, I would gladly pay the ANT+-license fee, as would the rest of life-loggers, medical researchers and fitness crews (growing trendsetting groups, early adopters, much influence, important market…). So, license should not be a problem, just implement and disable the feature until you buy an unlock. Am sure Sony could add a margin on the unlock to cover the development cost.

        If it’s neither financial or technological limitations, the only reason to not implement ANT+ I can imagine would be to promote the new Bluetooth protocol. This should cause bad-will for market dominance. Go for good-will by compatibility, hackability and innovation support!

        • By Joe Padre


          Hi Isak,
          Thanks for sharing your feedback. I agree with you 100% on the benefits of ANT+!
          Joe from Developer World

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Simon,
      Thanks for your feedback regarding ANT+. Agree with you 100%! We’ll keep bugging the development teams to put ANT+ support back into the phones.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  6. By Filip Glavinceski


    Sony missed a chance to make the perfect smartphone.
    This one has EVERYTHING except ANT+

    I’m still looking for my ultimate cycling computer.

  7. By


    una cosa mi ferma all’ acquisto: l’ant+
    ant+ sarà diponibile in futuro con aggiornamenti sofware?

    one thing stops me to ‘purchase: the ant +
    ant + will be available to crew in the future with updates sofware?

  8. By Conrado Infante


    Hi Joe,

    What is the difference between Xperia Z & Xperia ZL? Do they have the same megapixel on front camera? When will be the release of Xperia Z here in the Philippines? How much is the SRP of this unit? thanks and more power.

    • By Joe Padre


      Hey Conrad,
      Xperia Z and Xperia ZL both have a 5″ screen, same front camera megapixel (13 MP), same processor (quad-core Snapdragon S4). Xperia ZL has a smaller form factor than Xperia Z. Xperia Z is also water and dust resistant. You’ll need to check with your local reseller on the availability and pricing in the PHI, or you can contact your local Xperia customer center at +632 4799777.
      Joe from Developer World

  9. By Dan Paul


    Dear Joe Padre ,

    the Z is amazing and I will get it in my collection as soon I can get it 😉
    I need though to know… does it have ANT+ ? There are 2 above asking and I’ve seen your answer about BLE API , but I am not sure if the BT 4.0 is integrating ANT+ . As a outdoor water/ dust resistant phone will be great to have this sport feature.
    Also if is not a secret I would like to know why you don’t use the Sony invention the OLED screen , but you’re using the TFT…that outdoors is not as good as the OLED.

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Dan,
      Glad you like the Xperia Z. It does not have ANT+.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World.

      • By Simon Gough


        Thanks for finding the answer to this for us Joe, sad to see it though 🙁

        It also seems to contradict what was said elsewhere:

        Did you get a definitive answer or where you guessing from the lack of mention of ANT+ in the specs? As far as I can tell Sony try to keep as quiet as possible about ANT+ support in the specs of their phones for some reason..

        • By Joe Padre


          Hey Simon,
          I see that @SonyXperia confirmed ANT+ on Xperia Z. However, ANT+ support in mobile devices is dependent upon the platform used. In this case, Xperia Z uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 Processor, which does not carry ANT+ technology.
          Joe from Developer World

  10. By D Villa


    I love that hardware manufacturers come up with amazing products, Sony included. My main concern is the software support which is almost always lacking. I agree with some of the comments earlier about the lack of support for previous models of the Sony smartphone line. Because of this, I have always patronized those manufacturers and even network carriers who seem to have a grasp of what it means for their business to satisfy the consumers when it comes to software support. When it comes to the Android OS, I admire that Google released and has continued to support their Nexus product line.

    IF Sony decides to release the Experia Z with the tiniest iteration on the OS, keeping it as close to pure android as possible, I might consider buying it. By doing this, this amazing smartphone will defy age because software update is very crucial. It has the guts and the beefed-up hardware that can last a very long time. Why not support it with timely software updates?

    I am excited for the Experia Z. But let’s face it, Sony isn’t known for their software support.

    Good luck!

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi D,
      Thanks for your sharing your feedback on Xperia Z.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  11. By Michael Oditah


    hi…wanna no if sony xperia acro s App re available n when is it gonna be updated because from reports and reviews,it seems sony has no update platform available for ther products and i just bought the sony xperia acro s…cheers

  12. By Michael Oditah


    hi….wanna no if sony xepria acro S has lots of apps and can it be updated or its one of those phones u use after 1-2yrs doesnt work anymore….cheers