Before a phone comes out, we always have a bit of fun with accidental preorders and some leaked product pages. UK retailer Expansys kicked off this morning with an attractive price point of £399.99 ($643.70) for the newly unveiled Sony Xperia Z. This was quite a bit lower than the other preorders we’ve seen, but hey, you certainly wouldn’t complain about saving money, right? Unfortunately, that price was too good to be true, and Expansys has pulled the price back up in line with other retailers to £529.99, or $852.91. Unfortunately, they’re only listing the black color of the Experia Z, and there’s no official release date. Still, though, it’s good to see some preorders, because that means official availability can’t be too far off, and I’m sure I’m not the only one excited to get their hands on one of these monsters.
Last week at CES 2013, the Sony Xperia Z grabbed the attention of many people, including a spot on our Best of CES 2013 list. At their press conference announcing the new device, Sony did not reveal any information about pricing or a release schedule other than the vague first quarter of 2013. That status has not yet changed, but the smartphone did show up over the weekend on the web site of Slovakian retailer MP3.SK for pre-order. No fulfillment date is available on the site which lists the device for 605.99 Euro, or about $810 USD.
With Sony’s first 4G phone being debuted at CES in the Xperia Z, they plan on releasing plenty more 4G this this upcoming year. John Featherstone, the head of Sony’s mobile business operations in Oceania reportedly said that “Around 8% of our phones for 2013 will be 4G…all of them around the mid- to top-tier devices.”
With the Sony Xperia Z expected to hit several US carriers, Sony certainly has some excitement brewing in their mobile department. Will you give Sony Android devices a shot this year?
Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…
It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.
We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.
Sony put on an amazing press conference tonight and as expected, they unveiled the Xperia “Zed” or Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The guts of both phones are essentially the same, but the Xperia Z is dust and water resistant. It also has a glass back and a little bit bigger footprint, but it’s a little thinner at 7.9mm. It sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. The size of the battery wasn’t mentioned, but it’s non-removable. Hit the break for the hands on and also check out the Xperia ZL video since it makes an appearance in that one as well for some good comparisons. It will be available Q1 internationally, but no word on pricing or a U.S. release.
One of the worst-kept secrets is officially announced as Sony has formally launched its Xperia “Zed”— also known as the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones. The devices are comparable to other flagships by featuring a stunning 5-inch 1080p Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for incredible brightness and clarity, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and One Touch, which allows the ability to wireless share multimedia content across all sorts of devices. Oh and best of all— the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones each feature a sleek and clean design, yet the Xperia Z is completely dust and water-resistant, while the Xperia ZL has a more compact body.
We’re awaiting additional details for when the devices will be available and on what carriers here in the States— though we’re aware that both models will be available “in select markets” sometime in Q1 2013. In the meantime, hit the break for the full presser– but don’t forget to check out our nonstop CES coverage here.
Sony’s Xperia Z, code named as “Yuga,” for quite sometime now has been rumored to be Sony’s next flagship device for 2013. The Z will be a 5 inch 1080p device and thanks to this leaked screen shot of a promo video for the device, we should expect it to have a full HD display.
The device is also expected to have a 13MP Exmor RS camera with fast capture and HDR. To top it all off, the Z will also be water-resistant.
I’m really interested in seeing what Sony has to offer in mobile phones this year. With specs like these, it’s hard to look past them and go straight for Samsung these days. Let’s just hope their devices are developer friendly and free up the bootloaders.
It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.
So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.