ET Review: Sony Xperia Z
Sony’s new flagship Xperia has some big shoes to fill. Market for 5-inch superphones is beginning to heat up and there’s not a lot of room for error.
5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels), quad-core 1.5 Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16GB + microSD, waterproof/dustproof, 13MP rear/2.2MP front camera, MHL, Android 4.1, 2,330 mAH, 146 grams.
Positive: Waterproof and dust resistant, good price, great performance.
Negative: Screen & glass back scratches easily, recessed headphone jack, odd speakerphone placement. NEW DELHI: Sony’s new flagship Xperia has some big shoes to fill. The market for 5-inch superphones is beginning to heat up and there’s not a lot of room for error. On the upside, the Xperia Z has a fresh design (older Xperias had the same design, just with different screen sizes) and it feels premium (mostly made of metal and glass).
It’s also superthin at just 7.9 mm throughout. The highlight is the IP57 water and dust resistance — it’s protected against dust and can stay underwater (up to 1 metre deep) for 30 minutes. This is great for adventure sports enthusiasts or if you just want to use your phone in the rain without worry.
On the downside, the water proofing comes at the cost of flaps covering all the ports. It only stays waterproof if all flaps are tightly closed. The speaker is located on the lower edge of the phone, right where your index finger would be if you hold the phone to watch a video — ergo, the audio always gets muffled unless you alter your grip.
Performance is fantastic — nothing manages to slow down the phone. As far as Android phones go, it's pretty much at the top of the heap. Sadly though, the screen falls short of expectations — yes, it is full HD and does have the highest pixel density of any smartphone screen, but contrast and saturation could have been better.
HTC’s Butterfly has a screen with much more impact. The camera offers features like HDR & acceptable quality photos. With the HTC One and Galaxy S4 just around the corner, competition for the Xperia Z is fierce. It may not the best 5-inch Android superphone around, but the good part is that the Xperia Z is already much cheaper than its closest competitor. If priced about Rs 10k less than the nearest competition, it stands a good chance of finding favour with those who have limited budgets.
Specifications: 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels), quad-core 1.5 Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16GB + microSD, 8MP rear/2.1MP front camera, MHL, Beats audio, Android 4.1, 2,020 mAH, 140g.
Price: Rs 45,990