We say: It certainly sounds good on paper but so do most "features". Any efforts designed to extend battery life are welcome, but the big test will be how power efficient the Xperia Z is when the screen is on - Sony quotes just five and a half hours of video playback.
Q: Are there any standout camera features - can we see example imagery?
A: Superior Auto Mode has to be a personal favourite. The Xperia Z's camera comes loaded with many of the features found in Sony's cameras - Exmor RS for mobile is also worth highlighting as it's the world's first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones. We'll be posting example shots over the coming weeks.
We say: HDR video certainly looks appealing and should theoretically improve images that are captured with bright objects near darker ones. A good example is capturing a photo indoors with a bright window in the frame. The feature sounds impressive, but can't be judged until we see sample images and put the camera through its paces ourselves.
Q: Can you tell us about the quality of the glass?
A: Unfortunately we can't/don't mention supplier brands by name, but the Xperia Z uses tempered glass with an anti-shatter film on the front and back. It's the same stuff that's actually often used as a substitute in cars and industrial electronics. All in all, specs and strength are equivalent to Gorilla/Dragontail.
We say: A glass back makes for an attractive design but we are concerned with durability. Gorilla glass is a good product but it's not bulletproof and we suspect neither is the Xperia Z's glass. It remains to be seen how the phone will fare if dropped. Remember all those shattered iPhone 4's?
Q: How much will Xperia Z cost?
A: We give local retailers/operators the chance to inform on pricing and availability specifics, so please check-in with them for the latest details.
We say: Typically no word on pricing from any of the Australian telcos as yet, but Sony Mobile Australia has confirmed that the Xperia Z will sell for $749 outright and unlocked. It will be available in black, white and purple direct from Sony Centres across the country.
Q: How does Xperia Z fare as a gaming device?
A: The Xperia Z is PlayStation Certified, and loaded with the latest Adreno 320 graphics chip and Qualcomm's 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor.
We say: Nothing to see here. Being "PlayStation Certified" has turned out to be little more than a marketing gimmick with no real substance. The Xperia Z will play all games on the Android Market and has a powerful processor and graphics chip. That's all you really need to know.
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