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Sony Xperia Z release date, price and specs

Everything you need to know about the Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Sony's Xperia Z was one of the most interesting and exciting smartphone announcements of this year's CES in Las Vegas. So here's everything we know about the Xperia Z's release date, price and specifications in the UK. Updated on 05/02/13.

The Xperia Z looks like Sony's best smartphone in a long time featuring a sleek tempered glass design and 5in Full HD screen. No doubt the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device will have competition this year. We've already seen the Huawei Ascend D2 and the ZTE Grand S, and we're sure there will be plenty of Full HD contenders unveiled at MWC at the end of February.

See also: Sony Xperia Z hands-on review.

Sony Xperia Z: Release date

Although Sony has only given a rough release date of Q1 2013, multiple online retailers have published an exact expected date for the Xperia Z. Clove, Handtec and Digital Phone Company all have an expected release date of 1 March 2013.

The only exceptions are The Carphone Warehouse and mobile operator Three which both expect the Xperia Z in February. Of course, all are subject to change.

Update: The Xperia Z will launch across mobile networks and retailers on 28 Februray.

See also: Sony Xperia Z goes up for pre-order.

Sony Xperia Z: Price

Sony hasn't announced a price for the Xperia Z but it will cost around £520 SIM-free based on most online retailers. However, Expansys has a significantly lower price than the competition. Prices online at smartphone retailers are as follows.

Expansys - £399, updated to £529 on 16 January.

Clove - £528

Handtec - £520

Mobicity - £598

Digital Phone Company - £519

Sony Xperia Z: Specifications

Dimensions – 139 x 71 x 7.9mm

Weight- 146g

Colours – Black, White, Purple

Operating system – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Upgradable to 4.2 after launch)

Processor - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core

GPU – Adreno 320

RAM – 2GB

Internal Storage – 16GB

Card slot – microSD (up to 32GB)

Screen – 5in Full HD (1920 x 1080) Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2

Rear camera – 13Mp auto-focus, LED flash, Full HD video

Front camera – 2.2Mp, Full HD video

Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, A-GPS, microUSB
SIM – microSIM

Mobile data – GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G/HSDPA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, 4G/LTE: 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz

Battery - Non-removable Li-ion 2330mAh

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