Sony Xperia Z goes on preorder for £530

Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, was announced only days ago at CES in Las Vegas. You can now preorder it from Expansys for £530, a price similar to Apple’s iPhone 5.

The device – which is only 7.9mm thick and weighs a mere 146g - features a quad-core system-on-chip, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked at 1.5GHz, with 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage which is similar to the LG Nexus 4 (which incidentally costs half that price).

There’s also a microSD card slot, a massive 5in display with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution (that’s a pixel density of 441ppi or roughly a third more than Apple’s Retina Display), Bravia Engine 2, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean,Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity.

Other features include a 13.1-megapixel camera with Sony’s new Exmor RS sensor, full HD video recording, HDR capabilities, a 2.2-megapixel (i.e full HD) front facing camera, IP57 certification (which means that the phone can remain submerged in 1m of water for at least 30 minutes), a 2,330mAh battery and a new power saving feature called Battery Stamina that kills power hungry applications.