Sony’s first swing at a 4G LTE phone is coming to Australia, with the 5 inch Full HD smartphone boasting some premium tech, and hitting telcos within the next few weeks.
Launched this week in Australia and capable of jumping onto a 4G LTE network or a 3G one if you prefer, Sony’s Xperia Z is the first in a new generation of Android handsets from the manufacturer.
Previewed at CES, the Xperia Z brings with it a host of features and aims to get a jump on everyone, potentially outdoing the competition before any new smartphones are released.
Equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, we don’t expect this to be a slouch, and since it’s partnered with 2GB RAM, Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean should fly here. Storage will be set to 16GB in the Australian incarnation of this phone, though there’s a microSD card should you ever need more.
A first for Sony, there’s a 5 inch display here encased behind scratch-resistant glass, and it looks to be the first Full HD smartphone screen released in Australia, detailing a massive 440 pixels per inch, 100ppi over what Apple’s Retina-grade screens offer.
Connections include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and lots of support for NFC, with Sony also working on around 50 devices supporting the Near-Field Communication wireless standard.
Then there’s the camera, which is set to 13 megapixels and offers HDR video, 16x digital zoom (not optical, sadly), face detection, and a look – from what we saw today – close to that of the Sony’s compact range of cameras. A 2.2 megapixel front facing camera is also there, capable of pulling on 1080p Full HD video too.
And then there are the little things, like water resistance, a new battery “stamina” mode, some screen mirroring, that 4G connection which should support Optus and Telstra (and Vodafone when the network starts up), and a 2330mAh battery.