As you probably know (or not) some leaked documents have indicated a couple of days ago that the flagship smartphone of the Japan-based phone maker will hit T-Mobile soon. After the aformentioned documents have confirmed that the US carrier will indeed retail the popular water proof smartphone, now we have the official confirmation that the Sony Xperia Z will be available at T-Mobile.
The US-based carrier has recently issued an official press statement announcing that the Sony Xperia Z will soon hit their stores. The Sony Xperia Z release date at T-Mobile was scheduled for later this summer, but, unfortunately, the US carrier has failed to announce the exact launch date of the highly-anticipated smartphone. Except for some plans that will be available with the Sony Xperia Z, T-Mobile didn’t reveal any details regarding the price of the new smartphone that hit its portfolio.
Even though T-Mobile didn’t tell us when the Sony Xperia Z will hit its physical and online stores, at least the carrier took its time to reveal that the flagship device of the Japanese smartphone maker will be available nation wide “in the coming weeks.” This statement comes to advise the potential customers to be patient as they wait for the Sony Xperia Z to become available for purchase.
Just in case you are wondering, the Sony Xperia Z equipped with a 5-inch full HD display that packs TFT technology. In my opinion the technology used by Sony to manufacture the display of its flagship smartphone is inferior to the Super AMOLED and Super LCD3 screens of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One rivals, because it comes with narrower viewing angles and not so accurate color reproduction. Even so, the TFT display will do.
The Sony Xperia Z is underpinned by a Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC manufactured by Qualcomm, the same unit that was used by Google and LG to power the popular Nexus 4. The chipset of the Sony Xperia Z is based on four Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and makes use of an Adreno 320 GPU unit.
Anyway, one of the major selling points of the Sony Xperia Z, which by the way will be available at T-Mobile in the coming weeks, is its glass case that comes with IP57 certification. This means that the flagship smartphone of the Japanese phone maker is both water and dust proof, and that can survive while being submerged in 1 meter deep waters for at most 30 minutes. Well, regarding the last statement, I’ve tried it myself on my Sony Xperia Z and afterwards I’ve experienced some problems with the loudspeaker. Fortunately, the problems disappeared after the water dried (about 2-3 days).
The Sony Xperia Z also comes with 2 GB of RAM and with 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 64 GB. Of course, those of you who want more than 82 GB of storage can get even more courtesy of all the storage in the cloud solutions in the wild.
The smartphone manufactured by one of the biggest players of the smartphone market also comes with all the connectivity options worthy of a modern high-end smartphone. It comes with support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port (only on the Japanese market), and microUSB 2.0.
Just like most of the smartphones that hit the market in 2013, the Sony Xperia Z comes with a 13 megapixel camera (the exception is HTC’s One which packs a 4 megapixel UltraPixel sensor). Besides autofocus and LED flash, the 13 megapixel camera unit of the Xperia Z also comes with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama, and support for full HD video recording at 30fps and with HDR. On the other hand, the front-facing camera has a 2.2 megapixel sensor, also with 1080p@30fps video recording capabilities.
The Sony Xperia Z is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, customized with Sony’s proprietary Xperia UI, and if you think Android 4.1.2 is a bit outdated, learn that the company promised that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Xperia Z will be rolled out soon. Moreover, the rumor mill speculates that Sony and Google have teamed-up and that an Xperia Z Google Edition variant will be officially introduced in the coming months.
Are you considering to purchase the Sony Xperia Z on contract with T-Mobile? Why would you chose the Sony flagship over the likes of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, or LG Optimus G Pro? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Your contribution will be warmly welcomed.