Sony Xperia Z

Sony showcased its latest Sony Xperia Z (and Xperia ZL) in Singapore today after announcing the flagship phone last week at CES.
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The Xperia Z has a 5 inch full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 Megapixel fast capture camera and 4G LTE. All these in a slim 7.9mm body that weighs just 146grams.
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But perhaps the most impressive feature of the Xperia Z is the dust and water resistance (IP 55 & IP 57). This means that when all the ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone can be kept under 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. But no, you can’t play Angry Birds while swimming cause capacitive screen can’t work underwater.
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This is not the first time Sony release a Smartphone that is water resistant. Sony (together with their ex-partner Ericsson) released the Xperia active in 2011 which is also water resistant. But this is perhaps the first time that we see a water resistant phone on a high end model.
Will water and dust resistance be one of the major deciding factor when consumers buy a smartphone?
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The Xperia Z is available in Black, White and Purple. Both the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL will be launching in Singapore in Q1 2013. Pricing and exact availability date is still unavailable.

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