Sony Xperia Z: High Specs Android Smartphone with Water & Dust Resistant

Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z is Sony’s brand new flagship Android smartphone in 2013. First announced at CES 2013 in January, it has since won 13 awards. Sony Xperia Z has a 5-inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 MP camera and support 4G LTE.

Xperia Z specs

Let’s check out the Xperia Z specs sheet.

  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Android
  • 4.2 upgradable)
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core
  • Memory: 16GB, 2GB RAM. Support microSD up to 64GB
  • Display: 5-inch TFT Full HD (1080p), 1920×1080 pixels, 443 ppi. 10 fingers multitouch.
  • Camera: 13 MP Exmor RS camera with auto focus an flash; 2MP Exmor R front facing camera (1080p)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB.
  • Network: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Micro-SIM
  • Durability: IPX5/7 (Water-resistant) & IP5X (Dust-proof). Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Battery: non-removable Li-ion 2330 mAh battery
  • Dimension: 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 146 gram

Sony Xperia Z retail price in Malaysia is RM2199 (Check Amazon price).

Xperia Z features

As a flagship smartphone, Sony Xperia Z has some unique features which make it stand out from the rest of Android smartphones. Check out some highlighted features below.

Water and dust resistant

Sony Xperia Z water resistance
Sony Xperia Z water resistance

One feature that you would see in every Xperia Z demo is dropping the smartphone into a glass of water and it still works in the water.

Sony Xperia Z is water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, as well as dust resistant. Meaning, Xperia Z is pool, beach, and toilet friendly. In fact, Xperia has survived in hot pot test(youtube).

Xperia Z Full HD Display

Xperia Z display
Xperia Z display

Xperia Z 5-inch Full HD (1080p) display with 1920×1080 pixels. The pixel density is 443 pixels per inch.

Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 able to do real-time optimization to the sharpness enhancement, colour management and noise reduction. Sony claims that the Xperia Z display is “razor sharp and super bright”.

The OptiContrast panel makes the display less reflection and clearer viewing – even in bright sunlight.

The front and back of the smarptohne is covered by durable tempered glass with anti-shatter film but still failed in hammer drop test(youtube).

Xperia Z 13MP Camera

Xperia Z equipped with 13MP auto focus, LED flash, rear camera and 2.2MP front camera. Both cameras can capture 1080p video at 30 fps, as well as HDR photos.

With Exmor RS for mobile, Xperia Z is the world’s first image sensor with HDR video for smartphone. HDR video allows you to film in high contrast situations, like with the sun behind your subject.

Zperia Z camera has a Superior Auto mode combines scene recognition with HRD and noise reduction to automatically shoot with optimal settings. The Burst mode able to shoot 10 frames per second at 9MP resolution.

Xperia Z Hardware

Xperia Z is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2GB RAM. The same processor used in LG Optimus G, Asus PadFone 2, HTC Butterfly, Nexus 4.

The battery is non-removable Li-ion 2330 mAh battery. With Battery STAMINA mode, you can turn off functions you don’t need when the display is off but keep the notifications you want.

Example: Disable WiFi and GPS during standby, but still receive incoming calls, texts and alarms. Sony claims STAMINA mode can increase standby time by 4 times.

LiewCF’s Two Cents

With Full HD display, 13MP camera, 2GB RAM, LTE, NFC… No doubt that Sony Xperia Z is one of the highest specs Android phone today.

With water and dust resistant, Xperia Z would be your ideal on-the-go camera (if you don’t drop it). You can take photos at pool and beach without worry the water splash on your camera. You can take photos in the rain. However, with glass covers, you will want to buy a phone case for Xperia Z.

What do you think? What do you like/dislike about Sony Xperia Z?

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