Sony Releases Xperia Z at CES 2013
After much fanfare and high production value videos and presentation efforts, including an XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler-style tear down and reassembly videos of cameras and mobile devices, the executives at Sony took the stage at CES to talk about their wares. They spoke about their commitment to pushing the envelope. They talked at length about their new televisions and 4K content.
But the really exciting part was when they announced the new Sony Xperia Z. With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 5-inch full HD 1080p screen, the Xperia Z could be quite a contender. Talking with XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan, it did seem as though the Xperia Z was a bit of a me too device. “All the other manufacturers already have fancy, quad-core phones, so should we.” However, Sony is being very generous with their support of the open source community, so it is nice to see that there is a decent phone that is fairly open to development. Also, Sony talked about their one-touch technology, where you can tap your phone on a speaker or television remote to get sound playing on the speakers or a video playing on your television.
I imagine that the Sony Xperia Z, with the right vendor relationships of course, will be a decent force in the mobile scene in the next few months. It looks like an also ran at this point, but the device has something special about it that you can’t quite put your finger on.