Sony’s new flagship for 2013 has been announced it’s called the Xperia Z. The phone itself has a 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 1.5GHx quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, LTE, up to 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion, NFC, Android 4.1, a 2330mAh battery, a 2.2MP front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor.
Sadly, the phone is not running stock android as many other phones at CES have been, but Sony’s additions may help in the multimedia department with the likes of ClearAudio+, Bravia Reality Display, and Bravia Engine 2 onboard. Furthermore, the software has caught up with HTC in burst photography which allows a 10fps burst mode when shooting in a 9-megapixel format. The camera on the phone also allows for video HDR similar to what was shown off in Tegra 4. In regards to battery life Sony has added on a Battery Stamina mode that automatically kills background processes and apps when the screen is off which will significantly help battery life. The phone is especially cutting edge in terms of its water resistance to a depth of one meter. Similar to the Nexus 4 it has glass on the front and back of the device, which may make for problems as dropping phones with glass on the front and back usually does not go well. The Xperia Z and ZL variant (without the glass back and water resistance in select markets) are planned to be released in March. Sony says the device will be able to be updated to 4.2 shortly after it is released.