T-Mobile has nabbed the Sony Xperia Z as an exclusive addition to its portfolio of smartphones in the US. The latest Sony flagship has already been made available to potential buyers unlocked via the company’s online store. However, the carrier-specific one will arrive with a subsidized retail tag and 4G LTE connectivity which the SIM free version doesn’t possess.
The Sony Xperia Z (read our review) can be considered as the trendsetter of having flagship specifications and looks dressed with a rugged form factor that’s water- as well as dust-resistant meeting IP55 and IP57 standards. In the past few months, various manufacturers like LG and Samsung have adopted the same approach through the Optimus GJ and Galaxy S4 Active, respectively.
The Sony Xperia Z is the first from the company to arrive with a 1080p FHD touchscreen powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The panel spans 5 inches wide and proffers a 443ppi pixel density. Apart from a 2MP webcam that can do 1080p recording, the rear sports a 13MP Exmor RS AF camera with HDR support for images and video.
The Sony Xperia Z measures 7.9mm thick and it weighs 146 grams. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform runs the show, while an update to 4.2 is expected to arrive soon. The handset is packed with the quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro SOC which isn’t much different from the newer 600 AP, operating at 1.5GHz.
There’s 2GB of RAM onboard and 16GB of storage with up to 32GB microSD support. Lastly, the company asserts that the phone is capable of delivering around 11 hours of talktime or up to 550 hours of standby on a single charge of the 2200mAh Li-ion battery.
There’s no concrete information as to when the carrier plans on launching the Xperia Z and no word on an official price as well. The HSPA+ unlocked version and the ZL sibling are available for purchase through the company’s online store for $629.99 and $569.99, respectively.
– Android 4.1
– 5-inch 1080p Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2
– 2GB RAM, 16GB storage
– 1.5GHz quad core S4 Pro SOC
– 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
– 139mm x 71mm x 7.9mm
– 146 grams weight