January 7th 2013, Las Vegas, USA – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces its new flagship Android smartphone, Xperia Z. With a 5” Full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and 4G LTE, Xperia Z has all the specifications expected from a premium smartphone. On top of this, it brings the best of Sony’s unique technology, content, design and connectivity to deliver rich user experiences. Xperia Z will launch globally in Q1 2013.

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“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. “With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

Intelligent Sony Technology

Xperia Z’s razor sharp Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, brings Sony’s long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone and delivers an immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity. The smartphone shares capabilities with Sony digital cameras and features Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones. HDR technology gives clear images against strong backlight, so users can capture razor sharp pictures and videos whatever the conditions.

“Outstanding battery life”

Xperia Z also includes Battery STAMINA Mode that can improve the standby time by four times or more1 by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.

Discover, enjoy and share entertainment with Sony’s media applications and One-touch functions

Sony media applications offer a consistent entertainment experience across a range of Sony devices. Pre-loaded on Xperia Z, the “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies apps, enable discovery of on-line and off-line content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, a library of 18 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited and Facebook social integration. The Movies application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited while the Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.2

One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, headphones and now TVs. With the new BRAVIA TV, also announced today, simply touch Xperia Z to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen.

Two additions to Sony’s range of NFC-enabled headsets were also introduced today, the Stereo Bluetooth™ Headset SBH20 and the Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M. Touch Xperia Z to either headset and begin listening to tracks instantly.

Stand-out design and durability

Precision engineered with premium materials, Xperia Z introduces a unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides. Despite its slim 7.9mm body, Xperia Z is highly durable with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back, as well as the highest levels of dust and water resistance3 (IP55 and IP57) found in a premium smartphone.

In selected markets, a design variant of Xperia Z – Xperia ZL – will also be released in Q1 2013. Xperia ZL delivers the same immersive entertainment experiences as Xperia Z but in a smaller form factor.

Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to 4.2 shortly after launch for the latest Android user experience.

Specifications

  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia ZL
  • 5” 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
  • 13MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones
  • Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display
  • 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM
  • Battery STAMINA mode improves your standby time by at least 4 times
  • One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices
  • LTE, 4G for superfast entertainment
  • A unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides
  • 5” 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
  • 13MP Fast Capture camera featuring Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones
  • 1.5 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB RAM
  • Compact design – delivers the same immersive entertainment experiences as Xperia Z but in a smaller form factor
  • One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices

Smart Accessories

Two additions to Sony Mobile’s NFC Wireless Music portfolio were also introduced today: Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH20 and Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M.

Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH20 is an easy-to-use wireless headset for consumers who want a premium music device with trouble-free call handling in one. It features dynamic sound – rich, full bass and HD™  voice support with echo, wind and noise cancellation for crystal clear conversations.

Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M uses innovative over-the-ear headphones to provide a close and superior music experience. Built-in one-hand music and call handling controls let users easily adjust sound levels, flick between tracks and take calls.

For media information please contact:

Sony Mobile Communications, Global Communications & PR department
General Press: +44 208 762 5858

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