Sony Xperia Z
Price: U.S. pricing TBD, currently ~26 pounds (about $40) with contract and ~450 pounds ($683) without.
Availability: Already launched in select countries in February 2013, U.S. availability and carrier info TBD. Sony reports, "coming soon."
The outlook: Our CNET UK colleagues already gave the Xperia Z an Editors' Choice, and it's no wonder. The flagship handset boasts a number of high-end features including quad-core processing, a large 5-inch screen, and a 13-megapixel camera. But the most compelling of all features? Its slick design is also waterproof.
- Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 8 user reviews
Starting at: $519.99
The good: The Sony Xperia Z boasts a thin, attractive design that’s also dust- and water-resistant. It’s equipped with a big, bright screen and 4G LTE, takes great pictures, and has sharp call quality.
The bad: The Sony Xperia Z’s battery life is short, its camera is slow, and its processor is not as peppy as those found in other flagship phones. Its glossy chassis attracts fingerprints easily.
The bottom line: The Sony Xperia Z makes sense if a water-resistant design and excellent photos are a priority, but skip it if you demand blazingly fast performance and long battery life.
March 31, 2013 9:30 PM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Lynn La
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