Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sony Xperia Z set to debut at CES 2013, goes on sale on Jan 15

Unwired View now reports that Chinese site ePrice has offered details regarding pricing and availability of the device. The new Xperia Z smartphone will indeed be announced by Sony at CES 2013 and is expected to go on sale in China on January 15 for around 4,298 CNY ($690 or €520). 

A quick specs recap, the Xperia Z apparently sports a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) display at 440ppi with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine and runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, which is expandable by another 128GB. 

Other features include a 12-megapixel rear camera (as opposed to the 16-megapixel mentioned earlier), micro-USB as well as USB host mode, 802.11 a/b/g/n in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz modes, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE and NFC.

Considering it's a full-HD smartphone, it will be competing in the same league as the recently launchedNubia Z5 from ZTEHTC's J Butterfly and Samsung's next flagship device, the Galaxy S IV.

The website is also reporting that the Xperia Z will have a sister variant in the form of Xperia X. The latter is expected to be cheaper than the Xperia Z and also sport a slightly different design. However, it remains unclear whether or not the device will be released alongside the Xperia Z. It goes on to say that Sony will be releasing 3-4 new smartphones in the first half of 2013.

That said, could this be the mid-range Android smartphone from Sony, the C5303 codenamed HuaShan? Mentioned a few days ago by the Xperia blog the device apparently will be part of a C530X series, alongside the C5302 and C5306. Many countries could witness the launch of the device including China. Looks like we will have to wait it out until CES 2013.

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