Sony has revealed more details about its newly unveiled Xperia Z Android smartphone, with two separate posts published on the company's blog answering consumer questions posted on Twitter.
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, the Xperia Z is Sony's new flagship Android phone for 2013. Unlike most previous Sony smartphones, there appears to be a genuine buzz about this device. It features a 5in full HD 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera and is both water and dust-resistant.
The company ran two Xperia Z "Twitter chats" earlier this week with international product managers Lego Svardsater and Sharath Muddaiah answering a number of questions. While we already know the phone will launch on all three major Australian networks in March, other details in the Q&A session covered some extra information.
We've picked out the best bits of the sessions below without the over-the-top marketing speak and added our own thoughts below each detail.
Q: Will the Sony Xperia Z receive Android 4.2?
A: Xperia Z launches on Jelly Bean 4.1, but will receive 4.2 shortly after launch. As always, we'll share more info on this over the coming weeks.
We say: A standard response. Sony has a poor track record with timely Android updates to its smartphones, so we'll take this information with a grain of salt. The Xperia Z appears to have a light UI skin though, and this may mean the update process can be more timely than previous models.
Q: Can you tell us about Xperia Z's internal memory?
A: Xperia Z has 16GB worth of internal memory and supports every microSD card up to 32GB in capacity.
We say: A microSD card slot is a much requested feature in most Android phones, so this is a welcome feature. A theoretical maximum 48GB of memory will keep most potential users satisfied.
Q: How important is the water/dust resistance feature to the overall product?
A: Research and feedback from consumers tells us that this is a requested feature in a smartphone, and we feel it really adds a unique aspect to the phone. We have put a lot of effort into including this feature in Xperia Z without compromising on the stand out design.
We say: Although customer requirements differ by market, the water resistant capabilities of the Xperia Z will be welcome news to many Aussies. It's a feature that's not normally seen on high-end flagship devices so we think it could be a huge ace up Sony's sleeve.
Q: What is the battery life like?
A: Battery life depends on how you use the phone, it can be influenced by how heavily you use more demanding functionality. The new Battery Stamina Mode automatically shuts down apps when the phone is in standby mode, and then reboots them when you flick the screen back on. It can extend standby mode by four times or more.
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