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Video: Hands-on With the Sony Xperia Z [CES 2013]


Last night, Sony announced the Xperia Z, a device that at first didn’t seem like it would be all that intriguing considering the history of Xperia devices. Previously, the phones did feature some high-end specs and hardware, but since the phones never fared well with consumers and weren’t available on a range of carriers, they are sometimes forgotten. Well, it could be safe to say that might change with the new Xperia lineup. 

The Xperia Z features a 5″ 1080p Reality Display, complete with 443ppi. It is powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, features 2GB of RAM and an amazing 13MP back-facing camera. What struck a chord with me was the overall build of the device – slim, sleek, gorgeous display, and that interesting physical power key on the side of the device. Overall, Kellen and myself are hoping it somehow magically finds its way to Verizon, but pricing and availability are still unknown.

Check out our full hands-on with the device and the waterproof test down below.

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  • I think I’m about to drop my SGS3 for this phone. Damn I hate phones!!! It’s going to be a toss up between this and the next Samsung phones.

  • RicoDelicioso

    Sony, you’ve done good. Now make it $350 off contract and I will buy one. That would be great. Verizon, please.

    • paul_cus

      Try double that price.

  • I am really impressed with this phone, I have been drooling over the DNA for the past 2 months. I have an upgrade on Thursday and am desperate to get away from my Bionic (seemed like a good idea at the time) but should I wait and see if this comes to Verizon by some miracle?

    • Laki S.

      I feel your pain. I jumped on the Bionic when it first came out as well and am chomping at the bit to get either the RAZR HD Maxx or the DNA… Anything but this Bionic. I still have some weeks to go till my upgrade, so I’m trying to weigh all my options real carefully this time around.

      • Matt Judkins

        I am a Motorola guy and I hate Sense but that DNA screen has me hypnotized. I would consider a Maxx HD but The specs are already dated as of its release (a-la Bionic) but the biggest problem I have with the Razr Maxx is the 1gb of ram. My Mom has a GS3 (which I don’t like) but the 2gb of ram is amazing and once you have played with it, going to the Bionic with that 1gb of ram just feels sluggish.

  • Android2013

    that purple color is freakin AMAZING

  • Damn….4.7 was the largest I wanted to do for the screen size but this thing is making me think twice….

  • Jeromeonchrome

    Ok sony you got a great product, please release it asap on all carriers. dont let history repeat itself like your past smartphones. That was pretty slick how tim got the specs off the tablet on the side while he demonstrated the sony experia Z. LOL, but great video tim-a-tato…….

  • Syrio35

    Nice looking phone. Unfortunately the screen size is too much. I think 5″ phones look ridiculous.

    • Kindroid

      Try one for a week or two….you will have a totally different opinion.

  • ChrisI

    The recent Droid Life show all said that Sony does not impress them. I don’t know now.
    1080p displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processors, 2GB RAM, advanced 13MP cameras, no hardware/soft buttons, and Jelly Bean????? Sounds like it’s a great start. Give me an awesome battery (or the option for an extended one) and a large memory option (SD card slot or at least 32/64gb choice), and I will be in line. Sony makes great tech products, have owned numerous in the past. This may get me to avoid the GSIV hubbub.

  • Ibrick

    Seems I was always in the minority, but I’ve thought Sony’s designs were always some of the most beautiful in the industry, but with the hardware being a year behind the phones it was intended to compete with, and the fact carriers ignored Sony like the plague, kept me away.

    I’m still diggin my DNA, but that is one sexy phone. Too bad it’ll most likely never show its face on VZ, unless the ZL is a CDMA version?

    • Ibrick

      Never mind.. Just read the hands on for the ZL. Unless by limited markets, they are referring to the US. Seems unlikely however. Oh well. DNA will have to do 🙂

  • Bob

    That is huge.

    • Ibrick

      Have a you handled a DNA? Smaller than you’d think..

      Having come from a GNex, the ≤5mm additional height over an S3 is almost negligible which I don’t think anyone’s complained about, size wise. The only time I notice is using swipe in landscape, which I spose would be an issue on most phones these days..

    • chrisi

      That’s what she said

  • Nick Norman

    It would be EPIC if it came to Verizon.
    Which carrier(s) has Sony phones now?

    • Zach Armstrong

      I think only AT&T does

  • saint_stephen

    Does Sony’s UI jive well with Google Play Music, or do they try to force you to use their Walkman software / Sony store?

  • Sony definitely stepped things up in the design department. I’m loving how the color on the bezel matches the color on the back of the phone. So tired of seeing silver bezels!

    • michael arazan

      He thought this size was great and the Note 2 size he didn’t like?

  • t3chi3

    It’s the precious!!

  • C-Law

    I’d pick this over the dna if it came to Verizon. Its nice to see onscreen nav keys

    • John Jenness

      Me too…but where would they stick the HUGE Verizon logo?

      • BAoxymoron

        well it is 5.47 x 2.80 inches so that leaves 5.46 x 2.79 inches for the logo…

    • Nicholassss

      Thats exactly what I was thinking.

    • I’ve been tweeting to sony to bring a phone to verizon forever, their design is second to none.

  • Zach

    Pretty sure I read on another blog that this phone has a GSM radio, which takes Verizon out of the equation. I’ll go look for that article.

    • Nick Norman
      • Zach

        Thanks for the article! Sony did mention a global launch, so my guess would be ATT would pick it up here in the States.

    • Yep, it’s GSM with European LTE. Head for Western Europe. 🙁

      • S2556

        and Canada! I wouldnt be suprised to see it on ATT as well

    • C-Law

      You never know though. Several phones have cdma/lte counterparts, although I guess Sony would have mentioned it by now if it was in the works

  • JoshGroff

    That is a nice purple.

  • El Big CHRIS

    I was like where’s the Z!? Thanks for the reports gents.

  • Dane Carpenter

    I might consider this