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SONY XPERIA Z

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Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

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Sony's flagship mobile phone, the Xperia Z is launching on T-Mobile.

Into the Xperia Z, Sony put its reputation and accumulated technology, including company's knowledge base on music player, TV, photography, gaming, movies and entertainment content.

The 5 inch 1080P 443PPI display is stunning, especially because it is powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. Side-by-side comparison against other flagship devices showed that Xperia Z's screen quality is remarkably good. It is right for Sony to tout: "the world's sharpest 5-inch smartphone display."

The 13MP camera unit comes with built-in image stabilizer, wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture, and maximum ISO speed of 1600. The resulting image is comparable to, or better than, other flagship model camera phones'.

The Walkman software is great to use. Switching from other music player software takes a bit of getting used to, but Sony's legendary Walkman lives up to its reputation. The Sony MH-EX300AP headset that comes with the phone is comparable to Apple's new high fidelity headset and good enough to satisfy discerning music listeners.

The best feature about the Xperia Z is its water and dust resistant body. By now, all PADDs should come with this feature. Sony's implementation leadership is a welcoming sign in the mobile manufacturing industry. Sony says the Xperia Z can be dunked in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, although not many owners would want to test this with a phone costing over $500.

With its available white body, the Sony Xperia Z brings Apple "coolness" to Android community. It is Bond worthy after all.

Specifications
Display:
5.0 inches TFT
16 million colors, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2

Camera:
13MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile with Auto focus and flash
HDR video
Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to effortlessly capture razor sharp pictures and videos in any conditions

2 MP, Exmor R, front facing camera (1080p)

Form factor:
Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display

Processor:
1.5 GHz asynchronous Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core

Memory:
Ram: 2 GB
Flash memory: Up to 16 GB
Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB

Battery:
Talk time (up to): Up to 11 hours
Standby time (up to): Up to 550 hours
(Battery STAMINA mode improves standby time by at least 4 times)

Operating system:
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to 4.2

Weight:
5.15 oz

Dimensions:
5.47 x 2.79 x 0.31 inches

Connectivity and communication:
3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
DLNA Certified
GLONASS*
HDMI via MHL support
Media Go
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
NFC
PC Companion
Screen mirroring
Synchronization via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google and SyncML
USB charging
USB High speed 2.0 support
Xperia Link
Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
Wi-Fi Miracast

Networks:
UMTS HSPA+ (Bands 1, 3, 5, 8, or bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)


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