Sony Xperia Z hands-on from CES 2013

News Marin Perez 20:35, Jan 07 2013

The Sony Xperia Z Android phone packs some impressive features and we check it out at CES 2013

The Sony Xperia Z will probably be the best-known smartphone from CES 2013, so we couldn't wait to get our hands on this powerhouse Android phone. 

By far, the most impressive and standout feature of the Xperia Z is that it is water resistant. We're not just talking a few raindrops -- you can dip this in water for up to 30 minutes and it will keep on ticking. I'm not sure if I want to blog from my bathtub with this but it's definitely a nice feature to have especially if you're a bit clumsy with your device. 

The Sony Xperia Z also sports all the other impressive specs you'd want from a high-end Android phone, starting with a 5-inch, 1080p HD phone. The screen is stunningly gorgeous but some of you may still not be comfortable with a phone that size. It appears comfortable enough in the hands to not pose a major threat unless you have smaller hands. 

The Sony Xperia Z will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sony's custom skin. Unlike previous phones, Sony appears to have done a better job of making slick software that augments Android instead of getting in the way of functionality (in my humble opinion, of course). 

You can also look forward to 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage to start, 1.5GHz SnapDragon processor, a 13-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and more. There's no word on when this will be coming to the United States but I wouldn't be surprised to see it being picked up by AT&T down the road with added 4G LTE. But that could just be wishful thinking on my end.  


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