Sony Xperia Z leaked again: Video stills show off water resistance and sexy skeletal frame structure

Ahhhh… The Sony Xperia Z. The equivalent of a smartphone Megan Fox for a smartphone whore like myself, I’ve been itching to get my hands on her -erm, it for weeks now. We’ve gotten a few good looks at the Xperia Z in a few recent leaks, but this time we’re learning of a few added features Sony will be advertising with the device (mostly marketing speak, but fun none-the-less), shown off in a few stills from an upcoming promo video.

The Sony Xperia Z’s latest trick? Water resistance. That’s right, you can drool, splash, or spill whatever liquid you’d like onto the Z — she’ll take it like a champ and come back for more. When it comes to the 13MP Exmor RS camera, turns out it will be capable of both HDR in either photo or video mode, something that should make bathroom for more interesting bathroom selfies. I’ve been waiting for an Android OEM to pick up where HTC left off, focusing on great camera hardware equal (or better) to that of the iPhone’s.

We also get another clear look at the rear of the device, showing a sexy, all glass battery cover. That would naturally lead you to assume the device would be prone to breakage ala the Nexus 4 (a phone now synonymous with fragility), but Sony promises the new “skeletal frame structure” of the Z will keep everything safe and sound. We’ll have to see.

Couple these latest features with what we already know from the device — 1080p full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM — and the Sony Xperia Z is shaping up to be the smartphone of the year. Well, at least for now. More pics at the source link below. What do you guys think so far?

[via XperiaBlog | ePrice]

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TAGS: Sony Xperia Z , Sony Xperia ZL

  • David Jones

    If Samsung can’t better this (because I highly doubt HTC will) and this comes with the option to unlock the bootloader, I’ve found my next upgrade!!

    • Chris Chavez

      Sony is REALLY good to the Android developer community :)

      • David Jones

        So I’ve heard! Wasn’t a Sony device added to AOSP recently? Just the thought of that gives me hope ^_^

        • Chris Chavez

          It was! But later removed. Still.. there’s hope :)

      • Max


    • mihaii

      HTC is already waterproof with Droid Dna,or Butterfly for Europe,5 inch super lcd3,and in my opinion is better and sexy-er than this one…not even samsung can reach this,and is on the market from 2012…they have to try harder to beat the HTC

    • sameer somu

      same. s4 has to be amazing…lots of android competition

  • Chris Chavez

    Want. Want. Want. Want.

    • bmg314


  • feztheforeigner

    No Sony phones for me…

    Sorry Sony, but I just can’t trust a phone that isn’t from one of the big three (Samsung, Motorola, HTC). These three manufacturers already get very little support on many of their devices (including flagships) so it’s hard for me to believe I could receive support from a Sony device…

  • Eddy Current

    Absolutely praying that this, by some extremely slim chance, comes to Verizon. If so I’ll be selling my GS3, for hopefully around $400 used, and nabbing this sexy beast of a phone.

    • bob

      LOL! Good luck with that never happening.

      • toomuchgame441

        Lol ikr

  • Adrian Casillas

    At&t better carry this! >_<

    • RavenFox

      I’m sure they will.

    • Aslan Bollin

      Prob will, or atleast a varient of it. Only Att gets the Sony devices in the US for some reason. Hell, they even got the PS Vita lol

      • Adrian Casillas

        Haha that’s true Lol If they don’t carry this phone, I’ll be devastated D: Haha

  • Thomas Edwards

    +1 for porn references

    • Thomas

      Porn ? Where ? :)

    • Daniel

      I wish Megan Fox was a pornstar :)

      • niuguy

        There are so many hotter actresses out there. I don’t get it!

        • storm14k

          Hell hotter porn stars….

        • Daniel

          Maybe so, but she has mad sex appeal. There are hotter pornstars actually though, I do agree.

    • Chris Chavez

      You guys have dirty minds.. Shame on you. :p

  • supremekizzle

    Sony makes some of the sexiest hardware around. If they really do support devs and this comes with T-Mobile radios at a price point sub $400; I’ll buy it.

    Nevermind: Looking at about $655 :'( I’ll stick with the Nexus 4…

    • Powsniffer0110

      Sub $400 haaaa. This isnt UmbrellaCorp Google making this

  • xriderx66
  • Mexjoker

    It’s so beautiful… ;__;…. Wonder if they will have different colors for the back.. Beautiful none the less :D

    • Chris Chavez

      Something a friend pointed out about the back.. no speaker :O

      • Brian Robinson

        It’s true. Not a conventional phone! Nonetheless I appreciated them putting two speakers on the front so you can enjoy a good movie experience.

  • Ramses225

    I’m trapped with my note 2, I can appreciate other smartphones, I still remember the amazing quality of my Sony with xenon flash, but my next phone will probably be a Note 3, I’m a SSheep lol

    • Chris Chavez

      Sounds like you’ve been Samsung’d. Lol

      While I appreciated my Note 2, it was impossible to wield with one hand and I constantly dropped it (even got a nice scuff on the corner).

      Ended up going back to my S3. :/

      • bmg314

        You know what they say about guys who can’t wield a Note 2 with one hand?

        • Napster87

          they switch back to their s3?

  • a)

    I think all phones are “water resistant”. I want to see this one be “water resistant” with that nano spray on it where I can snap a few underwater pics and take it back out without damage

  • deh2002

    Good luck on getting any dev support if it’s on a us carrier. Att, Verizon, and tmo will lock down the bootloader so sprint may be the only real choice but they rarely see a Sony device.

    • Chris Chavez

      Yeah, US carriers love doing that. But then again, not too many people care about rooting their device or dev support in the first place :/

  • Matthew Wiechert

    Bet the battery is 2200 or under..

    • toomuchgame441

      Ur a moron, they will include a 5,000 mAh battery

      • setspeed

        Dream on.

  • joe

    Never would buy- Sonys software is garbage

  • Jordan Caviness

    Ummmm….no flash?

    • RavenFox

      Yes there is flash. mirror finish conceals it

  • DYNK

    Battery battery battery

  • Aslan Bollin

    I’m too sexy for my shirt
    Too sexy for my shirts
    So sexy it hurts
    And I’m too sexy for Milan
    Too sexy for Milan
    New York and Japan
    And I’m too sexy for your party
    Too sexy for your party
    No way I’m disco dancing

  • sean76

    If this is running a mostly stock skin of Android and runs on at&t’s LTE network, I’ll be solddddddd.

    • Chris Chavez

      Sony’s current skin definitely isn’t stock or “Holo UI” looking. If you want light and mostly stock only OEM’s to go with are Motorola and LG.

  • Powsniffer0110

    Galaxy SIII QuadCore owner. TAKE MY MONEY!!!

  • Michael Thompson

    I would almost get this for the camera alone.
    Nice piece.

  • toomuchgame441

    This was 5in device right?

    • Chris Chavez

      Correct. Hard to tell but I think the ZL might have a smaller display going off the promo images showing it with a much smaller bezel.

  • tom-e

    Run stock software and Verizon 4g network and i will send Sony my money yesterday.

  • deh2002

    Hope it comes to u.s. carriers with an unlocked bootloader.

  • InspectorGadget80


  • aseuss

    Commenting on Sony’s camera tech, Chris Chavez says he’s excited about an OEM “focusing on great hardware equal to (or greater) to that of the iPhone’s..”
    Sony actually designed and manufactures the Exmor sensor in iPhones, which are a grade lower than the Exmor sensors used in Sony’s own phones. In other words, Sony keeps its best stuff to itself. Even last year (as well as this year), Sony phones had 13 MP cameras. Hope to see further posts with updated specs, Chris. I agree–this phone is looking to be the smartphone of the year. Google’s UI is on par with Apple’s, while its proprietary software, like GoogleMaps, is far superior. Teamed up with awesome hardware specs–like the 13 MP sensor that make the phone rival top digital cameras–and it seems like all this phone needs is some decent marketing.

    • Anonymous

      the only problem is that even tho sony may use a better sensor for itself, the compression ratio was too great and resulted in subpar pictures for xperia phones in 2011 and 2012.

      Not only that, apple does a lot of fine tuning itself for it’s cameras, and because the camera is the same for each generation of iphone, many apps can adjust shutter speed and other manual controls. That’s a pretty big advantage for the iphone, and something that android phone manufacturers do not seem to care about. All they do is stuff more megapixels into their phones.

      i hope sony proves me wrong, but i see apple staying up top for mobile cameras (nokia has better image quality, but the market is too small for windows phones to be a significant threat)

  • Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    Cool, next nexus could be made by Sony.

  • Ryan

    Chris, speaking as someone whose used both a Nexus and a Sony as daily phones, I much prefer Sonys UI. It’s cleaner then Samsung and Motorola’s, and once the Ion is on JB, it’s as fast as their phones

  • Cory Skelton

    The phone sounds great but eh, I will wait for a more attractive one. Hopefully the GS4 will deliver on that front.