As expected, Sony Mobile unveiled the Xperia Z smartphone at Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES), in Last Vegas.
The Japanese company confirmed that the handset would launch globally in Q1 2013, but no details on the Xperia Z's exact release date and pricing options were offered.
However, it appears that Three UK is among the first carriers to announce that it will sell Sony's new Android flagship smartphone: “We’re really excited to be able to bring this fab new Xperia to you in the not too distant future,” said Sylvia Chind, head of devices, Three UK.
Even though the carrier has yet to unveil the phone's price, we expect that Xperia Z will be available for free on some types of plans, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.
Previously known as Sony Xperia Yuga, the Xperia Z has been confirmed to boast an incredible 5.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD Reality (1080p) resolution and integrates Sony's latest Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology.
On the back of the smartphone, there's an impressive 13-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile, autofocus, LED flash, HDR video and full HD (1080p) video recording.
Furthermore, the Xperia Z is equipped with a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which is complemented by 2GB of RAM.
According to Sony, the Xperia Z will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, but the smartphone will be upgraded to Android 4.2 shortly after launch.
Another strong point of the superphone is durability. Sony Xperia Z was built with premium materials, such as tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back.
Sony Mobile also claims that Xperia Z has the highest levels of dust and water resistance (IP55 and IP57) found in a premium smartphone. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.