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Topic # 113408 16-Jan-2013 11:02
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Sony Mobile Communications is introducing its new flagship Android smartphone, Xperia Z in New Zealand. 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 in New Zealand in March 2013.

“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.”

Xperia Z’s 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. 

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

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 Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.** 

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, simply touch Xperia Z to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen. 

There will also be two additions to Sony’s range of NFC-enabled headsets, the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH20 and the Wireless Headset DR-BTN200M. 

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 resistance (IP55 and IP57) found in a premium smartphone. 

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




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  Reply # 745590 16-Jan-2013 11:27
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The Xperia Z looks to be an amazing device. It's fast, slim, powerful, and waterproof to boot. The rear-facing camera uses a new 13MP back-side illuminated sensor, which should (in theory) produce some excellent photos.

The only real concern so far is that the battery is not removable. This is understandable given that it needs to be waterproof. It might be user replaceable after unscrewing the back, but nobody will know that until after the phone is released.

One bit of nice news is that the hardware inside the phone is developer-friendly, meaning that the community can release firmware updates long after Sony have stopped. This is quite different to competitors like the SGS3, which is notoriously difficult for open source firmware developers to deal with.

I'm thinking of updating my SGS2 and my wife's SGS this year, and I'm certainly looking very hard at the Xperia Z as the model to get.

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  Reply # 745597 16-Jan-2013 11:34
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I'm afraid Sony don't have a good record when it comes to updates, they dropped their 2011 range (Xperia Arc S etc) like a stone and that after having rolled out a pretty awful ICS update that actually made performance worse!

I for one will never buy another Sony phone again after that.



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  Reply # 745622 16-Jan-2013 11:54
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Just heard from the PR team... They are not able to provide information on which operator will be selling those in the country, yet.




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  Reply # 745633 16-Jan-2013 12:08
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I want one.

Hang on no I don't.

I REALLY want one. I'll wait though because my SGS3 is going fine. The first batch of phones usually has the most "problems" anyway. Plus then I'll wait to see what SGS4 brings, im sure im not alone on that one.

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  Reply # 745644 16-Jan-2013 12:19
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I prefer the ZL myself...

Looks nice on paper, but then you have to wonder how it will look in comparison to everyone elses flagships for the coming year.

I am not swayed at all by the 13mp sensor in the camera. Sony's Android cameras have all underperformed quite significantly in comparison to their MP counts and competitors.

Very hard to recommend a Sony given they have a terrible bootloader policy, terrible record for OS updates, and tend to have poor after sales service (for example a number of users had warranty issues related to hardware declined because they had unlocked their bootloaders last year).

I hope Sony can turn it around, but no way will I part with cash for a Sony handset until there are firm signs that they have.







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  Reply # 745672 16-Jan-2013 13:02
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I want one too, but one thing that concerns me is this STAMINA mode, it might switch off background services unless the screen is on. That's likely going to be a problem. I see battery life as important but at the cost of missing out on background services. background services were designed to be just that. Yikes.


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  Reply # 745673 16-Jan-2013 13:03
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Hmmm... The Sony is looking a little more shaky as an upgrade option. I'm not so worried about long-term firmware support, because I'm quite happy loading CyanogenMod instead. The bootloader policy and poor camera quality are more likely to be dealbreakers.

I'll definitely wait to see if Samsung can come out with something that's just as good (or better) and has decent developer support. If the SGS4 shares a lot of its core hardware with the Nexus 10 then maybe it'll be better for developers to work with. Anything has to be better than the Exynos 4 developer minefield.

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  Reply # 745713 16-Jan-2013 14:37
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I want one too, but one thing that concerns me is this STAMINA mode, it might switch off background services unless the screen is on. That's likely going to be a problem. I see battery life as important but at the cost of missing out on background services. background services were designed to be just that. Yikes.


The Stamina mode is better thought out than that, you can exclude apps from it so they will still run in the background when it is on. Given that it looks as if the Stamina mode should only bring positives.

RE: The camera - I'm not saying it's poor. I'm saying that based on their Android camera performance in past handsets I won't get carried away with optimism based on the sensor and MP count until I see real-user examples. Hopefully the camera lives up to the spec sheet this time!




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  Reply # 745730 16-Jan-2013 15:10
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No wireless charging = Not interested





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  Reply # 745733 16-Jan-2013 15:14
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nzgeek: The bootloader policy and poor camera quality are more likely to be dealbreakers.

NZtechfreak: RE: The camera - I'm not saying it's poor.

I should have phrased myself a little better. I'm also hoping that the camera lives up to the spec sheet, because on paper it looks quite good.

I'll have to do a bit more research about the Sony bootloaders. I think I read somewhere that the phones may or may not have an unlocked bootloader, depending on the market the phone is sold in, but I'd need to confirm that. I'll also need to look up what effect the bootloader has on custom firmware, as on many Samsung phones it does nothing to prevent the use of a custom kernel.

It'll be mid-year before the Xperia and the SGS4 are available and developers have had a chance to play with them, so there's plenty of time for me to explore the options.

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  Reply # 745735 16-Jan-2013 15:16
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I'm quite confident that Sony phones has unlocked boot loader (Sony Ericsson has the boot loader locked). Their UI customization is also minimal.

http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/





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  Reply # 745750 16-Jan-2013 15:32
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Why would you want a 13mp camera on a phone? There's no way the optical hardware could resolve that sort of resolution. 6mp would be fine.

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  Reply # 745756 16-Jan-2013 15:38
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nakedmolerat: I'm quite confident that Sony phones has unlocked boot loader (Sony Ericsson has the boot loader locked). Their UI customization is also minimal.

http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/


No, incorrect. They do NOT have unlocked bootloaders. They MAY have, depending on the model, an officially sanctioned way to unlock the bootloader. Using that method irrevocably voids the warranty on your phone(*). A truly unlocked bootloader allows a phone to be returned to stock for warranty purposes.

This is not a laudable solution, it only disadvantages consumers in comparison to OEMs with good bootloader policies.

* I believe the warranty voiding is meant only to apply to software issues, however Sony refused a number of hardware-based warranty claims on the basis of the bootloader having been unlocked.




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  Reply # 745825 16-Jan-2013 17:21
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NZtechfreak:
turnin:
I want one too, but one thing that concerns me is this STAMINA mode, it might switch off background services unless the screen is on. That's likely going to be a problem. I see battery life as important but at the cost of missing out on background services. background services were designed to be just that. Yikes.


The Stamina mode is better thought out than that, you can exclude apps from it so they will still run in the background when it is on. Given that it looks as if the Stamina mode should only bring positives.



Is it the user/owner that chooses what aps are excluded ? I fear for  services ( without obvious names) that call api's every 10 minutes etc. The user may not even be aware of the background functionality an app has, hence would not exclude it and then wonder why notifications arrive only when the screen is on. Time will tell. have you got your hands on one ? 

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  Reply # 745935 16-Jan-2013 20:42
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Looks nice but as mentioned Sony's support for flagship phones is pathetic. See Xperia S getting updated to 4.1 after the cheaper models.

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