The first Sony smartphone I reviewed was the Xperia TX, which wasn't the fastest device on the block. It featured a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a great 13-megapixel camera. The display left me wanting more, and that is the job of the Xperia Z.
Sony have been struggling in the smart device market, but the Xperia Z is a departure from everything we know about their devices, and a head-first dive into a spec-filled, beautifully-designed future for the company.
Sony's Xperia Z has a Full HD (1920x1080) display, and it looks gorgeous - which will have people turning their heads on the street. Sony need this right now, just as HTC do with their troubles in the market after being a leader just years ago.
Let's get into the specifications, pricing and availability of the Xperia Z.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Sony have jam-packed the Xperia Z with some of the best components on the market - it truly stands on its own two feet, ready to swing at any potential competitor. We have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm (the MDM9215M), backed up by the Adreno 320 GPU. There's 2GB of RAM inside the Xperia Z, and 16GB of internal flash storage backed up by a microSD card for expandable storage.
We have the 5-inch (441 PPI) display with a beautiful 1920x1080 pixels on top, and is backed by a shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass. On top of this we have Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 helping the screen provide that extra 'pop'.
We have LTE support, Wi-Fi with the usual 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC support. Going from these specs, there doesn't seem to be much that the Xperia Z doesn't do - which is great. If you're someone who wants one of the fastest smartphones on the market, you will definitely want to consider the Xperia Z.
Newegg are currently selling the Xperia Z unlocked for $649.99 with free shipping at the time of writing. This is a decent price for the specs inside of the phone, and that gorgeous 1080p display. As always, Google's Nexus 4 (which is made by LG) is nearly half the price of the Xperia Z, and that is something to consider when thinking about picking up the Xperia Z from Sony.