CES 2013: Sony officially unveils Xperia Z flagship handset

Sony has officially unveiled its latest flagship handset, the much-rumoured Xperia Z, as it makes an effort to better compete in the crowded smartphone market.

With the Xperia Z, Sony joins other smartphone manufacturers in the trend of large-screen devices - it boasts a 5in display with a full HD resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. The handset measures 139 x 71 x 7.9mm and weighs in at 146g. Design-wise, the Xperia Z is an impressively attractive device with a sleek form factor that makes it look pleasantly smaller than its 5 inches. Sony was keen to tout the handset’s water- and dust-resistance, which it claims is superior to other waterproof smartphones.

Under the hood, it’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5Mhz and 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the handset ships with up to 16GB of internal storage, but a microSD slot means the possibility of an extra 32GB of storage. It also packs 4G LTE and NFC capability. In the camera department, the Xperia Z is well-equipped, with a 13-megapixel camera that can also handle full HD recording.

The Xperia Z will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though Sony has confirmed that it will soon be eligible for an upgrade to 4.2. The handset will be reach the UK in a matter of weeks, with more details about pricing and operator availability to follow.

Sony also unveiled the Xperia ZL, whose specifications mirror those of the Xperia Z in all categories except water-resistance. The ZL will be available in select markets only.