SONY Mobile officially launches Xperia Z in Malaysia

Xperia Z

Kuala Lumpur, 6 March 2013 Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) has officially launched their new flagship Android superphone, the Xperia Z, in Malaysia. The Xperia Z made its debut at this year’s CES in January and has since garnered a huge following and list of industry accolades.

The Sony Xperia Z was unveiled and taken out of a pool of water by Ola Lilja Molen, Sony Mobile Communications, Head of South East Asia Markets, showing off one of its main features as a superphone. “With Xperia Z, we are bringing Malaysians over half a century of Sony’s innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” he said during the launch.

The Xperia Z, being a Sony product, is also naturally a PlayStation Certified smartphone, so you’ll have direct access to PlayStation Store for PlayStation Mobile, say bye-bye to boredom. The caveat, PlayStation Mobile is currently only available in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia only. Boo.

Available beginning March 15 nationwide, the Xperia Z sports a 5″ Full HD 1080p Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2Gb of RAM, 13 MP camera and is 4G LTE capable. It’s also water and dust resistant, (IP55 & IP57), up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes. The new Xperia Z also features a whole new design language called OmniBalance design, a departure from the previous generation Xperia range.

The Xperia ZL will also be available during the same launch date.

The Xperia ZL maximizes the display, is slightly smaller, has an IR port and also sports a camera button, unlike the Xperia Z. The Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are priced at RM2,199 and RM1,899 respectively.

Xperia Tablet Z

Besides these, Sony showcased an array of NFC enabled accessories and also the Xperia Z Tab. The Tablet is 10.1″ inches, 6.9mm thick and weights only 495g. Similar to the Xperia Z smart phone, the tab is also dust and water resistant, 4G LTE ready, NFC ready and is equipped with an 8MP “Exmor R for Mobile” rear camera and a Superior Auto plus 2MP front camera.

All Xperia Z, ZL and tab models are upgradable to Android 4.2 shortly after launch.

Thoughts and impressions

The Xperia Z is a beautiful phone and is clearly a competitive model in the market of smartphones. Sony brings its experience in other fields of technology into a single device, without leaving out the rest of their devices with NFC technology. While I still find NFC to be a gimmick (why touch when you have bluetooth, wifi and other wireless technologies), the Xperia Z brings forth an array features that uses it seamlessly.

It’s also a plus that its 4G ready, and that the phone’s hardware are extremely high-specced. It’s also a really nice touch that they used the same technology for their Tab, which I thought stole the show. No more missing football matches when you need a bath, that’s for sure.

[spoiler title=”Xperia Z Specs”]

Xperia™ Z specifications 

Colours Black, White and Purple
Facts Size: 139x71x7.9 mmWeight: 146 grams1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad CoreAdreno 320Google™ Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Camera 13MP16x digital zoomAuto focusBurst ModeHDR for both picture and videoFace detectionFlash/Pulsed LED

Flash/Photo light

Front-facing camera 2MP (1080p video)

Geotagging

HD video recording (1080p)

Image stabiliser

Object tracking

Picture Effect

Quick Launch

Red-eye reduction

Scene recognition

Self-timer

Send to web

Smile shutter

Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor

Superior Auto

Sweep Panorama

Touch capture

Touch focus

White balance

Music 3D Surround Sound (VPT)Album artBluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)ClearAudio+Clear bassClear Phase™Clear stereo

Dynamic normalizer

PlayNow™ service*

SensMe™

TrackID™ music recognition*

“WALKMAN” application

xLoud™ Experience

 

Internet BookmarksGoogle Chrome™Google Play™Google™ search*Google Voice™ Search*Google Maps™ for Mobile withStreet view and Latitude™*

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit™)

Communication Call listFacebook™ application*Google Talk™ application*Noise suppressionPolyphonic ringtonesSpeakerphoneTwitter™ integration*
Messaging ConversationsEmailGoogle Mail™*Handwriting recognitionInstant messagingMultimedia messaging (MMS)Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Voice input

Design Auto rotationFace UnlockGesture inputIP55 and IP57 (dust and water resistant)On-screen QWERTY keyboardSensor on Lens DisplayScreenshot capturing

Touch screen

Wallpaper

Wide color gamut

Entertainment 3D gamesMedia browserMotion gamingPlayStation™ CertifiedRadio (FM radio with RDS)TV launcherVideo streaming

YouTube™*

Organiser Airplane modeAlarm clockCalculatorCalendarContactsDocument readerseCompass™

Infinite button

Notes

Setup guide

Stopwatch

Tasks

Timer

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)aGPS*Bluetooth™ 4.0 wireless technologyDLNA Certified®GLONASS*HDMI via MHL supportMedia Go™

Media Transfer Protocol support

Micro USB support

Native USB tethering

NFC

PC Companion

Throw

Screen mirroring

Synchronisation via Exchange

ActiveSync®

Synchronisation via Facebook™

Synchronisation via Google™

Synchronisation via SyncML™

USB charging

USB High speed 2.0 support

Xperia™ Link

Wi-Fi™

Wi-Fi™ Hotspot functionality

Display 16,777,216 colour TFT HD Reality Display with SonyMobile BRAVIA® Engine 21920×1080 pixels5.0 inchesShatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Memory 2 GB RAMUp to 16 GBmicroSD™ card, memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB)
Networks Regional variants covering:LTEUMTS HSPA+GSM GPRS/EDGE
Battery life Talk time GSM: Up to 11 hrs**Standby time GSM: Up to 550 hrs**Talk time UMTS: Up to 14 hrs**Standby time UMTS: Up to 530 hrs**Standby time LTE: Up to 510 hrs** 

Music listening time: Up to 40 hrs

Video playback time: Up to 5.5 hrs

 

Battery: 2330 mAh minimum

 

**Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

In the kit Xperia™ Z, embedded battery, Sony MH-EX300AP headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.

 

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[spoiler title=”Xperia ZL Specs”]

Xperia™ ZL specifications

 

Colours Black and White
Facts Size: 131.7 x 69.8 x 9.8 mmWeight: 151 grams1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 + MSM9215M Quad CoreAdreno 320Google™ Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Camera 13MP16x digital zoomAuto focusBurst ModeHDR for both picture and videoFace detectionFlash/Pulsed LED

Flash/Photo light

Front-facing camera 2MP (1080p video)

Geotagging

HD video recording (1080p)

Image stabiliser

Object tracking

Picture Effect

Quick Launch

Red-eye reduction

Scene recognition

Self-timer

Send to web

Smile shutter

Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor

Superior Auto

Sweep Panorama

Touch capture

Touch focus

White balance

Music 3D Surround Sound (VPT)Album artBluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)ClearAudio+Clear bassClear Phase™Clear stereo

Dynamic normalizer

PlayNow™ service*

SensMe™

TrackID™ music recognition*

“WALKMAN” application

xLoud™ Experience

Internet BookmarksGoogle Chrome™Google Play™Google™ search*Google Voice™ Search*Google Maps™ for Mobile withStreet view and Latitude™*

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit™)

Communication Call listFacebook™ application*Google Talk™ application*Noise suppressionPolyphonic ringtonesSpeakerphoneTwitter™ integration*
Messaging ConversationsEmailGoogle Mail™*Instant messagingMultimedia messaging (MMS)Predictive text inputSound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Voice input

Design Auto rotationFace UnlockGesture inputOn-screen QWERTY keyboardScreenshot capturingTouch screenWallpaper
Entertainment 3D gamesMedia browserMotion gamingPlayStation™ CertifiedRadio (FM radio with RDS)TV launcherVideo streaming

YouTube™*

Organiser Airplane modeAlarm clockCalculatorCalendarContactsDocument readerseCompass™

Infinite button

Notes

Setup guide

Stopwatch

Tasks

Timer Timer

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)aGPS*Bluetooth™ 4.0 wireless technologyDLNA Certified®GLONASS*IR remote controlMedia Go™

Media Transfer Protocol support

HDMI via MHL support

Micro USB support

Native USB tethering

NFC

Screen mirroring

PC Companion

Throw

Synchronisation via Exchange

ActiveSync®

Synchronisation via Facebook™

Synchronisation via Google™

Synchronisation via SyncML™

USB charging

USB High speed 2.0 support

Xperia™ Link

Wi-Fi™

Wi-Fi™Hotspot functionality

Display 16,777,216 colour TFT HD Reality Display with SonyMobile BRAVIA® Engine 21920×1080 pixels5.0 inchesShatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Memory 2 GB RAMUp to 16 GBmicroSD™ card, memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB)
Networks Regional variants covering:UMTS HSPA+GSM GPRS/EDGE
Battery life Talk time GSM: Up to 10 hours**Standby time GSM: Up to 500 hours**Talk time UMTS: Up to 13 hours**Standby time UMTS: Up to 500 hours**Standby time LTE: Up to 490 hours** 

Music listening time: Up to 40 hours**

Video playback time: Up to 5.5 hours**

 

 

Battery: 2300 mAh minimum

 

**Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Actual time may vary.

 

In the kit Xperia™ ZL, embedded battery, Sony MH-EX300AP headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.

[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Xperia Tablet Z”]

[/spoiler]

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