Sony intros 5″ Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at CES

Sony Xperia Z

Sony earlier today unveiled the much hyped and awaited 2013 flagship phone, the Xperia Z. Previously, it was rumoured to be the 128GB Sony Experia Yuga with a 16Mp camera, but well, those were crazy expectations in this day and age, atleast the camera is 13MP EXmor RS, AF, LED flash with HDR option for video, 2.2MP front and the storage at 16GB, much of what we have come to get used to in high end smartphones. Out of the box, Sony Xperia Z will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a plan to go 4.2 in the near future.

What’s exciting about this Xperia, which has an almost similar twin the Xperia ZL is the 5″ LED Backlit full HD display 1080p with moble BRAVIA Engine 2 with a promise to wow users for the media display. The processor is a Krait 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and Adreno 320 graphics backed by a 2GB RAM. Sony says it’s dust and water resistant. It has 2G, 3G and 4G capabilities and runs on a microSIM. The body which has the block form factor like the Galaxy S II is 139 x 71 x 7.9mm thick and weighs 146g. The battery on the back is removable and is a 2330mAh Li-Ion. It dons microSD support of upto 32GB.

Only difference between the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL is the lack of water and dust resistance on the ZL(IP55 and IP57 certification), and design. The ZL has a-in the words of Sony-compact design making it have a smaller form factor. Mostly when OEMs say compact design they mean it’s thick. Availability will be from March and according to press photos there will be two colours, black and white. No mention of pricing or which model goes to which market.