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March 09, 2013

Sony Xperia Z unboxed, in the flesh!

We got an early hands-on and unboxing of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z and despite the fact that we’ve already tried it several times in the past couple of months, we’re still excited to unbox and use it in the next couple of weeks.

The Xperia separates itself from the rest of the full HD pack by making the handset dust-proof and waterproof. Based from our previous coverage, the Xperia Z is among the most anticipated handset this quarter.

Sony’s simple and elegant design coupled with Qualcomm’s very powerful chipset and a weather-proof construction could out it ahead of ever other handset released in the local market.

It is also interesting that Sony employed a Asahi Dragontrail glass in the front and a Gorilla Glass panel at the back. Though not an original design signature (already done by the iPhone 4, Nexus 4 and Optimus G), the use of Asahi Dragontail is the first we’ve seen on a handset.

At 7.9mm, the Xperia Z is also the thinnest handset we’ve seen that was launched in the country this year. If you look at our demo video below, you will definitely notice the sheer thinness o this device:

The Xperia Z also boast of a impressive set of hardware configuration — a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 2GB of RAM and full HD screen and support for LTE connectivity (we still don’t know if Globe or Smart will support it).

Sony Xperia Z specs:
5-inch full HD display (1920×1080), @ 441ppi
Sony Mobile Bravia Engine II
Qualcomm MDM9215M Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.5GHz quad-core
Adreno 320 Graphics
2GB RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD card
DC-HSDPA 42Mbps, LTE 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
Li-Ion 2370mAh battery
Dustproof (IP5X) and Water resistant (IPX57)
Android 4.1.2 Jellybean
Dimension: 139 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight: 146g

The SIM card slot is found on the right side of the handset along with a very prominent silver power button and the volume rocker. The micro-SD card slot is found on the left side along with the micro-USB port, both of which are sealed tight. The same goes with the 3.5mm audio jack at the top. The speaker grill is found on the bottom right side of the handset which is proned to be covered with the palm of the hands.

We’ll post the full review of the Sony Xperia Z in a week or two.

The handset is set to be released sometime in April but it is available in online stores for Php29,990 (see listing here).


17 Responses to “Sony Xperia Z unboxed, in the flesh!”

  1. Rem says:

    Hi sir! I believe the Xperia Z uses neither Dragontail or Gorilla Glass. Here’s their response from MWC Live Webchat:

    “Hello everyone, Getting a lot questions about the glass we are using. We have used a durable tempered glass and we cannot comment on which supplier we are using. The Xperia Z fullfills all our requirments for durabilty.”

  2. Jess says:

    how about xperia ZL? will it also be available locally?

  3. Apollo says:

    Supported po ba siya ng LTE?

  4. Palma says:

    sir yuga, i want to clarify whether the xperia z supports 64 gb micro sd card? because some blogs only say it can handle only 32 gb micro sd card. thank you very much!

  5. Jess says:

    sana may reviews din for ZL… at may mga pics din. :(

  6. allen83 says:

    Hi sir abe! Sana compare niyo din yung screen ng htc butterfly and sony xperia z i think they deserve to be compared kasi parehas naman sila 1080 at 5 inches screen. Sana later in the future makita ko comparison ninyo thanks and more power!

  7. Jemuel says:

    hi, sir abe to point out it works with globe LTE. i dont know with smart.

  8. Paquito says:

    How were you able to test it with Globe’s LTE? I believe Globe only has LTE on Nano-sims. I tried an LTE Nano-sim on my N7105 using an adapter and it doesn’t work.

  9. Cheska says:

    Hope Globe includes this phone on their postpaid list. Please let us know, in case. Cant wait! <3

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