CES 2013: Sony Goes Diving with 5", 1080p Xperia Z "Superphone"
January 8, 2013 12:46 AM
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Xperia Z is waterproof up to 3 feet
When it comes to innovation in the mobile electronics space, Sony was once at the head of the class. Now, however, not many people think of Sony as an innovator or a maker of must-have mobile products. That honor usually is bestowed on wares from Apple and Samsung.
However, Sony is looking to get back some of its mojo back and proudly displayed its latest Xperia "superphones" at CES. The
Xperia Z and Xperia ZL
both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (plus a microSD slot), 5" 1080p display (443 ppi), a 13MP camera with HDR video capabilities (thanks to its Exmor RS image sensor), and a front-facing 2MP camera for video conferencing.
The Xperia Z takes things a step further by being waterproof at depths up to three feet for up to 30 minutes (it meets IP55 and IP57 military specifications). It features an all-glass construction that brings back "shattering" flashbacks to the iPhone 4/4S.
The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint (LxW) than the Xperia Z, but is 0.08 inches thicker and forgoes the all-glass construction for a matte plastic finish. The Xperia ZL also includes a physical shutter button that the Xperia Z had to ditch to maintain its waterproof capabilities, and an IR blaster so that you can use the phone as a universal remote.
Although the Xperia Z is supposed to launch during Q1 2013, we don’t have any information on pricing. Likewise, the Xperia ZL will have a more limited rollout and we don’t know if it will even make it to the United States.
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RE: Am I the only one...
1/21/2013 4:51:59 PM
You've just summed up the problem with the "bigger is better" mentality with smart phones. The fact that you're not using the phone capabilities on the Phablet(?) at hand should indicate how the form is impeding its function. This reminds me of folks who are uber into gaming laptops. Will they get you by on the go? Yes. Would you rather be gaming on a desktop system with a much more liberal thermal envelope affording the ridiculous power you get from desktop components along with a proper gaming keyboard? Yes. This is why we will likely never have any takers to go into a gaming tournament with a laptop over a desktop system. Even on a 10" tablet I can only do it for so long for general use. I end up getting antsy for the greater freedom that comes from a desktop OS. You can talk yourself into that larger screen phone/tablet/etc., but you can't deny the inherent limitation of what you're using.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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