Sony Xperia Z SO-02E Receives GCF Approval

The phone is expected to land on shelves at NTT DoCoMo in Japan

Japanese mobile phone maker Sony Mobile is expected to unveil two new high-end Android devices at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, one of which might be called Xperia Z.

Previously spotted online under the codename of Yuga, the handset is said to be on its way to the Japanese market, and its recent listing at the Global Certification Forum appears to confirm that.

The phone was spotted at the GCF as Sony SO-02E, with LTE / W-CDMA / GSM connectivity inside, and is said to be headed to NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

When launched, the mobile phone is expected to provide users with support for 100Mbps on the downlink and 50Mbps on the uplink when connected to LTE networks.

Sony Xperia Z was previously rumored to be en route to shelves with a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels touchscreen display, capable of delivering a 441 ppi pixel density.

Furthermore, the device is said to sport a quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor inside, with Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

Xperia Z would also include 16 GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB of additional storage.

On the back, the new mobile phone is rumored to sport a 13-megapixel photo snapper with 1080p@30fps video recording, auto-focus and LED flash, complemented by a front camera for making video calls.

In addition to the usual set of connectivity features and sensors, the yet unannounced smartphone is said to run under Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, most probably with Sony’s own custom user interface loaded on top.

Xperia Z is expected to become official on January 7, during Sony’s press conference set for 16:30PM local time. No confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now, yet it should not be too long before all is unveiled, so stay tuned to learn the news.


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