At a small gathering in Sandton, Johannesburg, Sony unveiled plans to bring its new flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, to South African shores by the end of March. The smartphone was announced at CES in Las Vegas, and featured again at MWC in Barcelona. Some of its stand-out features includes its 5” screen, and interesting mix of ruggedness. The Xperia Z is water-resistant (submerged for up to 30 minutes), dust-resistant, and tough as nails, demonstrated numerous times as we got to through it around, jump on it and dip in a bowl of water.
Although Sony has shied away from a spec war, focusing rather on user experience and features, it still boasts some stats quite good. The handset, which is almost as thin as the iPhone 5, includes onscreen capacitive buttons, while its 5” screen sports a full HD, 1920x1080px display, powered by a Quad-Core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and features an Adreno 320 GPU (found in the Nexus 4). Other features include 16GB of built in storage, 2GB of RAM, LTE support, 13MP camera and a host of others. We will definitely be putting this device through its paces upon review, more so than your standard smartphone.
The Sony Xperia Z will be available on contract from Vodacom, MTN and CellC by the end of March, and is expected to retail between R7000 and R8000. Based on first impressions and a quick hands-on, this smartphone will definitely feature in the top 5 smartphones for 2013.