At CES in Las Vegas, Sony officially unveiled the XPERIA Z, its new smartphone sporting a massive 5-inch screen. Despite being newly launched, Three of the UK’s network operators have already confirmed to soon be offering the new handset. These include O2, Vodafone, and Three. The rest will likely follow soon after.
The XPERIA Z’s massive 5-inch screen sports a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels (full HD). Other specs include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. The new handset runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Unfortunately, this is not the latest version of Android. The latest, version 4.2, is reserved for devices such as the Google Nexus 4.
The handset is currently one of the most powerful smartphones in the market and at the same time one of the toughest. It can be submerged in water for long periods of time without getting damaged. Toughness was once reserved for handsets in the mid-range market.
Apart from toughness, the XPERIA Z supports 4G. This means that a 4G version may be offered by EE first. However, since other networks will be offering 4G data this 2013, the 4G version of the smartphone may be offered by EE’s rivals as well.
The three networks operators in the UK have confirmed to be offering the XPERIA Z sometime in March, but have not announced pricing and deals. If you’re looking to get your hands on the handset, we’ll keep you updated once we know more.
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