Sony has been doing great on making waterproof phones and now they have officially released the Xpeira Z and its in store now. We grabbed the phone and tested it for your information before buying this great thing.
Let us talk about the technical specs of the Xperia Z before going into anything about the design and waterproof feature. The Xperia Z is at the moment the first waterproof smartphone with the latest and most powerful hardware. It is considered the leading flagship smartphone of Sony in the year of 2013. This phone runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to v4.2 very soon. The CPU of the Xperia Z is also fast, here I mean the fastest compared to the other smartphones from Samsung in the same range. it has a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor with Adreno 320 graphic processing unit. Its chipset is from Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 and supports 4G network (LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – C6603). The most amazing part of it is the beautiful display with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The display itself is a 5.0 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels screen. The pixel density of this Full HD screen is up to 441 pixel. Although this phone has a non-removable battery which is 2330 mAh in capacity, the Xperia Z has also got a MicroSD Card Slot which can read up to 32GB cards along with its 16GB internal storage.
It looks really slim from this angle. You can also see the charging dock here. However, this phone means that the trends of Xpeira might depart from its older curved design and moving forward to a flatter shape close to what iPhone 5 provides.
Screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density). It has Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass. As a product of Sony, the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 is built in for this flagship phone for 2013. Indeed, it is the first few phones with big brands that is equipped with a Full HD 1080P display. Users reflect that a number of games and applications couldn’t be found on Google Play Store. This question was addressed when we reported on some users couldn’t play Candy Crush on Sony Xperia Z. It is just that the game developers haven’t released an HD 1080P version of the app to the Play Store leading to the problem. Finding the *.apk files from the Internet and copy the *.apk files to the phone and install it with whatever installer found on Google Play Store will do the trick. If you are not in a hurry. You can also wait and hopefully the developers will update their Apps with HD version as soon as possible and then it will appear on the Play Store again.
If your friends hold a Japanese version of the Xperia Z, you might find a slight difference regarding the size of the screen. And… your guess is right. The Japanese version of Xperia Z has a slightly bigger screen. The international version, the one shown in the photos has a smaller screen than the Japanese version.
The back of the Xperia Z. It looks really cool but We are not sure if that is scratch resistant too. Anyways, if you are not a fan of phone cases, get a screen protector for the back of your Xperia Z.
We’ve sunk this phone into a bowl of water and it works perfectly smooth. No worries of getting wet anymore! The Full HD display is also crystal clear under water.
To round up the Xperia Z, this phone has incredible hardware. Aside some issues regarding the screen and applications that have not been updated to match the display requirement of the HD 1080p phone, this phone has much better performance than Sony’s older smartphones under the Xperia series. Some minor problems have also been revealed such as the slow start up of the home screen and the Camera App. The built-in Camera App is alleged to be slow since some users reflect that it took around 3-5 seconds to open the camera app for shooting photos. Yes, 3-5 seconds are valuable sometimes when you just want to take a quick shot at something. Sony should start working on this otherwise it could damage the reputation for this phone.
Photo credits to J. Leung @ myphonedaily.com
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