Sony seems to be impatient to boast about its stunning releases unveiled at CES 2013. You guessed it right! The talk is about, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones to as many markets as possible worldwide.
While, the Japanese tech giant Sony announced that the handsets will be released in the first quarter, however, the company seems to have been tight-lipped to announce when the smartphones will be coming to India.
Now, it appears like there is some light on when these amazing 5-inch smartphones with 1080p display will be making their way into the country.
According to the product listing on the official Sony India website, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are listed with 'Coming Soon' status. This states that India is one of the few countries that will be graced by the presence of both the Sony offerings.
However, the listing made on the Sony India website does not reveal any information on when exactly these handsets will be released into the country. Though this listing by Sony cannot be considered a definite proof as the company lists and removes upcoming offerings quite often, the online retailers in the nation have also listed the handsets as 'Coming Soon'.
Speaking of specifications, both Xperia Z and Xperia ZL pack a 5 inch full HD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and with Mobile Bravia Engine 2, quad core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 13MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera for video calling, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE.
Wondering about the difference between the two smartphones? Xperia ZL is heavier than Xperia Z, which could be due to its slightly larger battery of 2,370 mAh as compared to the 2,330 mAh of Xperia Z. Apart from this, Xperia Z is water resistance and dust proof, while its counterpart is not. Further, Xperia ZL has infrared/IrDA functionality, that will allow users to control the TV, cable box or any IR enabled entertainment device using the smartphone.
On the pricing front, though there is no official information on how much the new Sony smartphones might cost in the country, media reports claim that that they might be priced at Rs 35,000 approximately considering their specifications.
With the launch of these Xperia smartphones, Sony will be kicking off a tough competition with the other high-end smartphones and phablets that are already existing in the market including the newly launched HTC Butterfly, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Nokia Lumia 920 and LG Optimus Vu.
Eventually, Gizbot has come with an interesting collection of the challengers of Xperia Z and Xperia ZL based on specifications and estimated price range. Swirl through the pages to know more about the rivals of new Xperia smartphones.
Recently, HTC launched Butterfly in India boasting a 5 inch LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS topped with HTC Sense 4 UI, 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor, 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HDMI out, Bluetooth, NFC, micro USB and a 2,020 mAh battery.
The handset is priced too high at Rs 45,999 and it comes with features including Beats Audio integration and ImageSense chip and is also water resistant.
Xperia Z and ZL come with a better camera and improved battery as compared to Butterfly with Beats Audio and ImageSense integrations.
Apple iPhone 5
iPhone 5 sports a 4 inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels, a new Apple A6 chipset, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory, 8MP rear camera with iSight technology, 1.2MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, 3G, micro USB 2.0 and a battery with 8 hours talk time and 225 hours standby.
Apple has priced iPhone 5 at Rs 45,500, Rs 52,500 and Rs 59,500 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants respectively.
Though iPhone 5 did not have Retina display, it has a 4 inch display with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution and 326 ppi pixel density. However, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have a 440 ppi display could easily knockout the Apple offering. Comparing the other specs, it is evident that Sony smartphones with better specifications and advanced software features could be a sure competitor to the Apple iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Galaxy Note 2, the second generation Samsung phablet and the hottest selling phablet in the world is selling in India at Rs 36,700.
The phablet houses a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, micro SD card slot supporting 32GB, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with A2DP and a massive 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Moreover, Galaxy Note 2 has an improved stylus with rubber tip for better touch response. However, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL come with a 1080p display, and improved camera performance as compared to Galaxy Note 2 with a faster processor and larger display.
Nokia Lumia 920
Last month, Nokia released its flagship smartphone based on Windows Phone 8 - Lumia 920 in India. The handset sports a 4.5 inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with PureMotion HD and ClearBlack display technologies, 8.7MP rear camera with PureView branding, 1.3MP front camera, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0, NFC connectivity and 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Lumia 920 is priced at Rs 38,199 and is available in Red, Yellow, Cyan, White and Black color options. With a better display and enhanced software features, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL could be stiff challengers of Lumia 920, which comes with PureView camera technology and wireless charging.
LG Optimus Vu
Optimus Vu packs a 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio HD-IPS display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, micro USB 2.0, NFC and a 2,150 mAh Li-ion battery.
Priced at Rs 26,990, Optimus Vu with a quad core processor and lesser price tag could be a potential rival to the Sony smartphones. However, the latter comes with better camera performance and improved display.