Sony Xperia Z Unveiled at CES 2013 as New Flagship Device
After a few months of constant rumors and speculation, Sony unveiled the two devices once known as the Yuga and the Odin respectively – the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL – at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Both phones will apparently be sharing flagship honors as Sony hopes to become more competitive against the likes of Apple and Samsung, two companies that have dominated the smartphone industry for quite some time.
The Xperia Z, which was previously known as the “Yuga”, is a 5-inch device with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution on Sony’s “Reality Display” touchscreen, or 440-441 pixels per inch. It sports a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2 GB RAM underneath, and also includes 4G LTE support, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2.2-megapixel front camera, 16 GB internal memory with microSD expansion up to 32 GB and a 2,230 mAh battery.
The device is fairly slim and lightweight, at 7.9 millimeters and 146 grams.
The Xperia ZL, as it turns out, is virtually the same as the Xperia Z except for a few differences in terms of design. Like the Xperia Z, it ships with Android 4.1 with an Android 4.2 or Android 5.0 upgrade expected soon.
However, it has a curved back plate and unlike the Xperia Z, it doesn’t come with the unique waterproof feature that should make it very appealing beyond the obviously impressive specifications Release dates for both devices are still unknown at the present.