Monday, February 18, 2013
Sony Xperia Z hands-on
In case you miss that, yes, this is the first smartphone with a 1080p (that's a resolution larger than my laptop!) display to be marketed here. The pixel density of this 5" display is at a ridiculous Retina-destroying 441 pixels per inch, or 1323 sub pixels per inch! Truth be told, I am already spoiled by the 4.3" 720p display on the HTC 8X, but this is on a whole new level - and if I am being honest, I can't really tell the difference when it comes to sharpness. But higher is better, right?
Motorola Defy, the Xperia Z features flaps over its ports to protect the innards from such electronic murdering thing such as moisture and dusts. However, unlike the Defy, the Xperia Z actually looks like a stylish flagship premium phone it is.
The entire body is surrounded with a proprietary glass, the Dragontrail. This brand of glass is supposed to be tougher than the Gorilla Glass (which I have never been impressed with), and thus, Sony claims, it is able to withstand more abuse. A Sony PR demonstrated this by banging his phone onto the table - which most reviewers would not dare do. Still, it is not known if it is able to withstand a fall to a concrete floor.
Xperia Arc, but despite the square'ish design, it isn't too uncomfortable to in my bog standard human palms. The placement of the power button on the side is also a good move by Sony. The Z will be available in black, white and dark purple - with the white version being my favourite. I would love to see Sony releasing this and future devices in other bold colours - just imagine an Xperia Z in orange or yellow!
A stylish device the Xperia Z is, but how will it perform as an everyday device? Thankfully, it is speedy. Qualcomm's Krait-based Snapdragon has proven itself to be the SoC to beat the whole of last year and probably for much of this year as well. There were moments, very slight moments, where the screen would stutter. It wouldn't be an Android phone if there wasn't even a tiny moment of lag. You could install Android on a IBM Sequoia and it would still lag, even if it was only momentarily. Thankfully these moments are rare, and while I suspect Google will never ever eliminate lag, you would have to be really impatient to be annoyed.
Do keep in mind that these were merely engineering samples running on prototype hardware and software, so things could change with the final retail release. In any case, I can't wait to get hold of one now, so do keep an eye peeled for a full review in the near future. The sim-free version is currently available on pre-order for £499.