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Sony Planning Xperia Z Upgrade, Packs Snapdragon 800 SoC

There’s word on the street saying that Samsung is currently testing a Galaxy S4 variant powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset. Well, it seems that Sony is panning to stay competitive, as it was reported that the Japan-based company is testing an upgraded Xperia Z that sports the mighty Snapdragon 800 SoC manufactured by Qualcomm.

The famous Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin has tweeted that he got his hands on an update Sony Xperia Z that is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, calling the handset “really fast.” For those of you who don’t already know it Eldar Murtazin became famous for his predictions and revelations regarding unannounced smartphones, but since he guy dosen’t always get them right, we are advising you to take the rumor with a pinch of salt.

Beside revealing that the updated Sony Xperia Z has a Snapdragon 800 processor, the Russian blogger said that the unit he is currently testing packs an LCD3 display. This is a unit similar to the one used by HTC for the One. It seems though that the LCD3 display (which should be better than the TFT unit of the current Xperia Z) will not make it on the final versin of the updated Sony Xperia Z.

The Japanese company announced announced its flagship smartphone almost half a year ago, at CES 2013 event in Las Vegas. Just in case you forgot, I remind you that the Sony Xperia Z sports a 5-inch display with TFT technology and full HD resolution, while being underpinned by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset based on four Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The Snapdragon S4 Pro was the real deal by 2012’s standards, but, today is outmatched by its bigger brothers Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 and by Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa SoC.

The Sony Xperia Z also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card slot.

In terms of connectivity, the Xperia Z is capable of competing against any other modern high-end smartphone, boasting HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC chip, infra red blaster (only on the Japanese market), and microUSB 2.0.

The camera mounted on the back of the Sony flagship has a 13 megapixel sensor with autofocus, LED flash, full HD video recording support, and Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, and sweep panorama, while the front-facing camera has a 2.2 megapixel sensor with full HD video recording capabilities.

Still, one of the major selling points of the Sony Xperia Z is it’s durability. The hadset is IP57 certified, being both water and dust proof, capable of resisting in 1 meter deep waters for up to 30 minutes.

The Sony Xperia Z is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and even though the Japanese phone maker promised a firmware update, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update didn’t roll out yet.

There will be two new Sony media events over the coming days, one in Munich scheduled for June 25th, and one hosted in Paris, which will open its gates for the public on July 4th. Well, the rumor mill speculates that the Sony Xperia ZU (or Xperia Z Ultra, or Togari) will debut at one of the two aforementioned events.

Summing up, it seems that Sony will launch an updated Xperia Z in an attempt to put some more pressure on its Android rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Anyway, we are advising you not to pop the champaign yet, as we will be definitely be able to tell you more about Sony’s plans for the smartphone market in the coming weeks.

Anyway, there are reports about more than a new Soy high-end smartphone. Besides Togari, which will reportedly feature a giagantic 6.44-inch display, the Japanese phone maker will also launch a terminal that is known internally as Honami. Or maybe the mysterious Sony Honami is the same device as the updated Xperia Z tested by Murtazin? Moreover, it was reported that Honami will come with a Snapdragon 800 SoC.

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