Sony's new flagship Android smartphone is the Xperia Z, with a 5in Full HD screen. Here's our Sony Xperia Z video review.
Sony Xperia Z: Design and build quality
The Xperia Z doesn't feel oversized in the hand. It's very thin at and light, and is dust and waterproof. To this end the headphone port is hidden behind flaps.
Overall the Xperia Z has a distinctly premium and desirable nature. Build quality is excellent and the attention to detail exemplary.
Sony Xperia Z: Hardware and performance
The Xperia Z has powerful core specifications: a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM yielded a good result in the Geekbench 2 test of 1986, only just short of the Nexus 4's record of 2009.
The Xperia Z also managed a very impressive 30fps in the GLBenchmark graphics test, too.
The 5in Reality display with its Full HD 1920 by 1080 resolution really makes the Xperia Z stand out. The screen is stunning and easily the best we've ever seen on a smartphone.
Content looks incredibly sharp thanks to its whopping 441ppi pixel density. Colours look particularly rich and vibrant. It really is like holding a TV in your hand.
The Xperia Z is a bit limited on the storage front, with only a 16GB model. There is a microSD card slot for adding more storage, though.
There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC, aGPS and DLNA. Beyond the usual microUSB and headphone ports, there are two metal contacts on the left hand side of the handset for use with a docking station, and you get support for wireless charging and 4G.
Sony Xperia Z: Cameras
The Xperia Z has a 13 Megapixel rear facing camera with Sony's Exmor RS sensor. We're very impressed with the camera software and the resulting photos and video.
The Z is the first smartphone to enable HDR in video mode. There's also a decent 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
Sony Xperia Z: Software
The Xperia Z comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and will be upgrade to version 4.2 shortly after launch according to Sony.
Sony Xperia Z: Battery life
In use the Xperia Z not only lasted a day but went a good way through a second. We went 31 hours and still had 20 percent of the battery remaining. We achieved this with moderate usage and the Stamina Mode switched on.
Sony Xperia Z: Verdict
The Xperia Z is the first smartphone which Sony has really nailed. We love the stylish, desirable and rugged design. The combination of excellent performance, a stunning screen and great cameras make the Xperia Z a force to be reckoned with.