By Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2013 8:31 PM
We’ve seen so many leaks of the Sony Xperia Z over the past few weeks, it almost felt like the Android had already launched. That’s getting ahead of ourselves a little, but after catching some last-minute glimpses of the hardware last night, we’re finally ready to see the Xperia Z made official. This evening, Sony wasted no time in doing just that, announcing the Xperia Z at its CES 2013 event.
The Xperia Z is Sony’s first 1080p smartphone, and features its proprietary BRAVIA 2 engine for enhanced picture quality. The flagship Android is dust and water resistant, 7.9 millimeters thick, and can easily share wireless content with other Sony devices supporting the company’s One Touch system. Those include speakers, storage servers, and Sony TVs.
For TV aficionados, Sony’s SideView app will help Xperia owners locate content relevant to their interests, and the phone can even act as a remote control with compatible sets.
Of course, Sony had plenty of televisions to introduce, as well, including a number of new 4K models, but it will be quite a long time before we ever see that kind of fantastic resolution come to tablets (if it ever does) – smartphones are probably out of the running altogether.
In addition to the Xperia Z, Sony also had the Xperia ZL to confirm, featuring some substantially similar hardware, including the same display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, and thirteen-megapixel main camera capable of recording HDR video.